I have been shooting news since 1984 and won six regional emmy's. I have worked in a top ten television market since 1988.
It's a nice post. As one who has been shooting this kind of thing for the better part of 35 years, I suggest watching the news guys. This is what we do and we're usually pretty good at it. If there are people we avoid, consider avoiding those people, there's a good chance they're unpredictable and we know them. DON'T EVER crawl up on top of a tv truck. It's a long fall and we're often the targets of crowd anger. NEVER follow the crowd onto a freeway. If you don't get hit by a car, you will probably find yourself detained by a not very friendly member of law enforcement. You can't shoot your piece from the back of a car in cuffs. ABOVE ALL pay attention to your surroundings. When things go wrong, it can happen very quickly. One last thing, when the cop says move, don't wait for the second time, laws very from state. Even if the law says you have three times, the cop will use his or her judgement, you may not get the other two chances. Use your head. Pepper spray and tear gas are not a badge of honor, they're an unnecessary barrier to doing your job.
This presentation is great for the newbie with an interest in lighting. The new LED stuff is really nice. I use a couple of Hurricane LED lights on a regular basis. In the intermediate presentation, the green spike issue of LED's should be addressed. Many LED's come with magenta filters for this purpose. I don't think the tungsten lights will go away for a good while yet as they have a very specific quality not achievable with other units. You should up the tempo of delivery in the next one.