Veteran news cameraman Hank Schoepp, who worked for San Francisco’s KPIX channel 5 evening news from 1968-1997, has released a memoir on Amazon.com. His book covers a one-of-a-kind view on some of the biggest stories of that time. Many books have been written by and about broadcast journalists with interesting things to say. And yet few have spoken on behalf of those who perform on the other side of the camera lens. Finally, that voice is heard loud and clear with SHOOT FIRST: Code of the News Cameraman.
Getting the pictures and bringing them back in time to air on the news often posed challenges, and Schoepp vividly recalls them with the stories behind the stories. A few among the many include tear gas attacks during student protests and rioting at U.C. Berkeley; the kidnapping saga of Patricia Hearst; the search for a vanishing school bus, driver and 26 children in Chowchilla, California; the aftermath of a mass suicide of over 900 people in Jonestown, Guyana; and rushing to the city hall murder scene of a San Francisco mayor and supervisor.
Shoot First: Code of The News Cameraman is a time capsule peak into the history of San Francisco news, from a Videographer, in a world that existed before cell phones and digital film.
“Insightful TV News Memoir – Read It” – Andrew Hill
“‘Shoot First’ strikes at the heart of TV News” – Mike Lee
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