Star Magazine: Week One Day One

Monday, 7 July 2014

I was beyond tired and nervous when I was woken up by my 5.45am alarm this morning. I didn't know how to get to the Northern and Shell building where Star is based so I wanted to leave myself plenty of time to get lost. I knew it'd be extra busy because of stage three of the Tour de France so I was up bright and early ready for another two weeks in London. I thought I'd be less nervous having done heat, but I felt more nervous for some reason. I wore smart black trousers and an off the shoulder black top with my orange blazer to brighten things up a bit. I got the 7.38 train to Euston and then the Northern line to Bank. The exit took me to Monument and it was literally a one minute walk to the building. I had 45 minutes to kill so I wandered round the back of the building and found a seating area which overlooked London Bridge and the Thames, so I sat in the sunshine and read the latest edition of Star again. 

I wasn't due to start until 9.30 but I headed in at 9.15 for my induction. Another two girls were there - one for Star and one for S magazine so we all had our induction together which eased my nerves. We were shown the cafeteria on the ninth floor which had the most gorgeous little outside terrace overlooking the Thames. Gemma (my work experience manager) then came to meet me and she was really lovely and welcoming. The building is very plush and is the home to the likes of Star, new!, OK!, The Daily Express and more. Gemma showed me to my desk which is next to Daisy's, who is interning for three months. We're the only two who sit together so I got started and was set my first task - to sort out the pages from tomorrow's issue into the relevant sections (star news, star features, star interviews, star living etc).



Me and Daisy chatted quite a lot in the morning and it was nice to get to know her and find out what sort of background she's from. I always find it interesting to see what paths people have taken to get where they are and it's safe to say we weren't short of conversation. I then helped Daisy by writing two things for online which are here and here. Daisy did edit them a bit, but that's only to be expected. This experience will be a massive learning curve and it'll only teach me how to improve and better myself. I'm adapting to a different writing style and tone and hopefully throughout my two weeks I'll become accustomed to it. Gemma sits on a different set of desks but said I could take lunch whenever so at half 1 I headed up to the terrace and ate my lunch overlooking the Thames which was lovely.

At half 2 I headed back down to the office and Gemma asked me to send out copies of tomorrow's mag to a list of companies and people so I spent an hour packaging them all up and sticking the address labels on. After that, I helped Daisy by researching a TV programme for a competition piece. Neither of us watch this programme so I made sure I read into it in-depth so I could write the piece as accurately as possible. That took me up until half 4 and then Katie, a news and features writer, asked me to transcribe an interview for her. It's mad to think a 20 minute conversation can take over an hour and a half to transcribe. You have to keep rewinding it back to ensure you're writing all the details down correctly. I was just proofing it and Katie said to finish it in the morning so at about 6 I headed home.

I'm in a really scenic part of London and love being in the city centre surrounded by some of the key landmarks. I'm still adamant that I want to live in London although I can't guarantee I'll EVER be a fan of the tube. It was even hotter, sweatier and considerably less hygienic at 6'o clock rush hour, but I did fall in love with a guy on the tube. It was a sad, sad moment when the doors closed and separated us forever. Anyway... today literally flew by and I was kept busy all day which was great. I can get up and leave a little later tomorrow as I'm not starting until 10 for the rest of my time at Star so I'm going to make the most of my mini lie ins. I'm excited for what's in store tomorrow.

6 comments:

  1. Sounds amazing! I've just done work experience at a local magazine and really enjoyed.. Not as good as your experiences but it's still something!! I hope you enjoy :D xx

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    1. Aw, great! Glad you enjoyed it! All experience is good experience :) X

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  2. Glad it went well love! I love living in London but hated commuting too...so I just moved practically next door to my office haha xxx
    The perks of being a hipster

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    1. Thank you! Haha that's such a good idea. I really don't mind commuting it's just the heat is unbearable sometimes!X

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  3. You’re such a lucky girl Nicole! Enjoy every second!

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