Work Experience: Day One

Monday, 17 June 2013




Happy Monday everyone! Back in March I arranged a week's work experience at my local newspaper - the Gazette - and today was my first day. The closer it got, the more nervous I became, but this morning was a whole new level of nerves. I never usually get this nervous about anything, but I felt sick and just wanted to get there and settle in. I wore a textured green cap sleeve skater dress (£13 from Primark) with a black blazer (H&M £30). I paired this outfit with a silver spike necklace, black tights and black silver studded pumps. Sorry about the poorer quality of the outfit picture, I don't own a tripod so I wasn't able to take the photo in natural light.

When I got there I was shown around by the news editor and sent on my first task - a vox pop. So out I went on my own with a notepad, pen and camera in tow, to ask the residents of Hemel Hempstead about their opinions on Big Brother. That went well so I headed back to the office where I wrote it all up on to the newspaper template. I then had to read press releases and make some calls to ask questions and get relevant information to write up a story. A little daunting on your first day when you're in the middle of an office with seven other people around you tapping away. I then started on some nibs (news in brief) until the news editor asked if I wanted to go out on a job with her. I took her up on the opportunity and we went to the Social Centre for the Blind in Boxmoor where Labour MEP Richard Howitt spoke to visually impaired and partially sighted people. He's campaigning for an audible noise to be installed into electric cars which can be easily recognised by blind people so they can avoid road danger. That was actually a very interesting concept and it was nice to get out of the office.

When we returned I took an hour for lunch and then carried on with my nibs. They took longer than expected as some of the info was unclear, so I had to ring the relevant press officer. Unfortunately, the man I needed to speak to had already left for the day but he's meant to be ringing me back. Tomorrow morning I need to finish my nibs and then I've got something else lined up which I'll tell you about in tomorrow's post. I don't doubt I'll be given lots more tasks to crack on with throughout the day and will be kept very busy. I can safely say I got thrown in the deep end as there was little guidance or introduction. I was helped when I asked questions and everyone was lovely, but I definitely wasn't left to ease into it gently. I guess journalism is just a very fast paced industry and you learn best through doing, although today was a somewhat relaxed and laid back atmosphere. I'm currently tucked up in my pjs watching the soaps before an early night and a 7.30am start. Watch out for my next instalment tomorrow.


4 comments:

  1. Very pretty pictures/outfit! The first day is always tough and awkward. But I'm sure your day tomorrow will be a lot better and you'll get into the flow of things soon enough! :) xx

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    1. Thanks sweet :) You're right, today was better!Xxx

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  2. Ah congrats on your work exp! I'd love to get a similar one! Ah the vox pop sounds interesting - although I think I'd be nervous going up to people at first haha.
    Love your outfit too - the colour is great :)
    Saadiya x

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    1. Thank you! I thought I better get my bum in gear and start building my CV with work experience! I had to do vox pops in my first week at uni so luckily I was used to it :) Aw thank you Saadiya x

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