Training day(s)

Record Copy Editor Kevin W. Hecteman spent some time training in the Online Department over the past couple months working to learn how to shoot and edit video.

The assignment was one of his own choosing, but it didn’t start that way. In February, Kevin and me ventured out to capture Dwight Richards, the savvy businessman featured in an article. Richards had found a place at the intersection of Benjamin Holt Drive and Pacific Avenue wearing a sign that said: “Will work for career.”

When we got there, however, Richards was done for the day.

We looked for something else to shoot. Puddles? Rain? General weather video?

Kevin, a train aficionado, proposed we go down to the Robert J. Cabral Station near downtown Stockton. There, the transit authority was embarking on an extensive project to transform the station into a transportation hub, while working to redirect traffic off of Channel Street and onto Aurora Street.

Kevin shot the video as I gave him tips and direction. He then captured and edited it with the help of me and Web Content Producer Kirk Barron. The main video, as published on, can be found here.

He also put together a shorter video of action at the train crossing. We spent a good deal of time waiting for the train to pass. As we did, I explained to Kevin that sometimes good video comes in small doses and artistic shots. This is what he came up with:

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