“I think I was the only reporter who got video” of students being pepper-sprayed at a Santa Monica College protest, Santa Monica Patch editor Jenna Chandler tells Romenesko readers.
She was covering the Board of Trustees meeting from an “overflow room” when she heard a ruckus in the hallway. Chandler went out and got 17-seconds of dramatic footage that’s been aired on several TV newscasts. “I thought I was recording 30 seconds before [the recording actually started], but I wasn’t, and then the camera died. Lesson learned.” (Her Sony Cybershot battery ran out of juice.) Chandler has been with Patch for 18 months and, as her bio notes, has “built a portfolio of stories that had resounding effects in the community,” but she says “this is the one that’s gotten the most attention.”
(Credit: Jenna Chandler/Patch)