How many computer monitors does one journalist need? The answer: a lot.
My Favourite Part Of My Job…
One of my favourite things I have done so far was getting to go out and speak to people, [especially] for Eurovision. I was out all day news gathering — I got to interview kids about a song they wrote, I got to do vox pops at the Eurovision village, and speak to people who were super excited. It was a lot of fun.
The traineeship is really great in the fact there are about 10 of us who are in the same boat and we are all learning new things, and having that community has been crucial in this journey.
A Highlight Of My Job So Far…
I’m hopefully doing my first piece next month which — will be my first news package — so that will definitely be a highlight if it all goes to plan. It’s been months of research, calling people, making relationships in hopes they will speak to me because the piece I’m working on is of a sensitive topic, so I want to make sure I earn [their] trust.
If that goes through and I get it out next month I think that will be miles above anything else because everything I’ve been learning over the past few months will come together — I’ll be scripting it, voicing it, doing a piece-to-camera, interviewing people in a way that is really careful.
If I do that piece right it will make me feel like, “Do you know what? Maybe you are a journalist!”
If People Wanted To Follow In Your Footsteps…
Show you have a commitment to be a part of the industry, whether that’s completing an NCTJ course alongside working full-time, or doing student media at university. The thing about newsrooms is that they always need an extra pair of hands, help is always appreciated, so make sure to always show enthusiasm.
For this scheme, I needed to show I was committed to journalism and not that I had tons of experience, which completing my NCTJ at News Associates part-time [conveyed] as it takes up a lot of time. So if you can show you are committed, it show you care and that’s what employers look for.