If you are covering a news conference or event and the sponsoring firm/organization has provided an audio feed, you should only need an XLR cable. Buy a quality cable as you'll be coiling it and uncoiling it a lot and that action eventually causes leaks in the shielding. You'll need to test the feed then to determine if it's mic level or line level. If you depend on your shotgun mic for event audio, you'll get a whole lot of nat sound from the pack of videographers mixed in with your event audio. Put together a small package of adapters, transformers, and gender changers so you don't get stuck without a feed. A friend of mine calls his adapter bag the "Paranoia Bag." Sounds like a good name to me.
Could you give me a possible list of adapters, transformers, and gender changers that are generaly used? Kind of the "basics" to put in other words? That would be great. I haven't been doing this for a long time, hince "the beginner" status below my screen name. If you could let me know whats used for the most part that would be great! Thanks for your advice previously!