My first week at ITN studios working with ITV News

On January 13 I pretty much grew up. I am now living in the big city of London and am working as a Digital Journalist for the ITV News website. I was so lucky to have been offered the apprenticeship for the year and apparently out of about 1000 people, what is that all about?

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A cute studio on Holloway Road is where i’m currently living, and yes that is the road where a couple of scenes in Luther were filmed. Remember, in that weird shaped modern-looking building? I say this because I was quite excited when I found out. I got pretty addicted to the programme and ended up finishing all three of the Luther series in one week! With my new job, maybe I could grab an interview with the director and beg him to make a fourth series.

I’ve already met some lovely people, got my own desk in the newsroom, found stories and published some reports for the site. I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that some of the copy I’ve written is actually on the ITV News website.

I am so excited for the year ahead!

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Oh and my director, Tom Hill, from uptospeed had a lovely message for me on his own uptospeed blog.

My published feature Christmas Temp 101

During my work experience at GoThinkBig I was asked to write up a feature for the site about how to turn a Christmas temporary job permanent. Have a read for my top tips on how to get the job, get transferable skills and get kept on!

My published feature- ‘Behind the scenes of GoThinkBig’

My online published feature- ‘Behind the scenes of GoThinkBig

After the GoThinkBig team had been reading my regular blog posts about my amazing work experience week with them, I was asked to construct it into a feature for their site. IGNORE THE HIDEOUS PICTURE OF MY FACE (can’t believe they thought that was appropriate-it’s only gonna scare readers off) Have a read anyway, just in case you fancy hearing more about GoThinkBig and my tips for work experience. 

Great news from GoThinkBig

So after my amazing week of work experience for GoThinkBig, I have just been told that my own feature I wrote for the site, ‘What is the key to a successful blog?’, has actually had the highest stats of views last week. How amazing is that?!

So I have broken an NCTJ record of over 6,000 views for my BU Naked Calendar report and now I have had the most views on GTB report. I must be doing something right!

Day 5- I went behind the scenes of ITV News

What a great day to end my work experience on! The amazing Camilla managed to get me space on the ITN guest list to find out want went on behind the scenes of ITV News.

There were only six of us at the GoThinkBig skills day and I felt so lucky to have been offered the chance to go there. Throughout the day we met all sorts of people, from the lunch-time program editor to the man in charge of safety for workers filming or reporting in war zones across the world.

The whole day was fascinating and omg I will never be able to watch ITV News the same way again! I was actually inside the news desk studio and London news desk where the news presenter is filmed! Well here’s a huge secret that you never knew… it is actually just a green screen room and all the background, even that lovely window overlooking the Thames, well it’s completely computerised!

You know when Steve Scott was presenting the ITV news lunch-time show today, yeah? I was watching it behind the scenes and got to see how the whole show was put together for the audience to watch! I couldn’t believe he arrived only 50 seconds before he was meant to be on LIVE air! I could definitely feel the tension and I felt a bit scared for ITV when he wasn’t even on set when they were expecting him! He was still sorting out his blazer when he had 3 seconds before the live filming! It was so crazy but what shocked me the most was how he managed to be laughing a second before he went live and then suddenly presented the news absolutely PERFECTLY. I was very impressed.

When I got back to the GTB office, after meeting some amazing people, I began working on my CV for future work experience.

Dan sent me the link of our Social Networking video and my god did it make me cringe. Like I said yesterday, my voice WAS squeeky and my hair DID look like I’d been dragged through a bush backwards. Very embarrassing but I was still so excited to watch it.

It was so sad to leave GoThinkBig after such an amazing week and been offered such great opportunities. I was really happy to hear that Molly wanted me to write another feature for the site to go up next week about my experience there. My Christmas Temp 101 piece will be going on the site next week- great news!

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My GoThinkBig goodie bag for my work experience this week

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My ITV News gifts from my day working with ITN

OH and I found out that my record breaking NCTJ uptospeednews report has actually, can you believe it, reached over 57,000 views. That is just crazy!

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My crazy mega views on my uptospeednews blog

‘Made an all-time box office hit’

JUST CASUALLY FOUND OUT I BROKE THE RECORD FOR THE MOST VIEWS of my report last week on the Bournemouth University’s Naked Calendar photoshoot.

I was so excited to hear that 6,000 views were made on my report on my NCTJ course’s news report website. On this website me and 7 other students write reports every Thursday News Day on different events and stories we’ve found.

Looks like the word ‘naked’ and ‘cheerleaders’ was a big hit on the web last week. Quite clear that too many porn-obsessed boys are on google… Better bare that in mind when I’m writing my next report!

This news definitely added another smile to my amazing day!

Ahhh look at all the views for my report!!

Ahhh look at all the views for my report!!