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.

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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

Day 4- video reporting and making world records

Feeling touristy taking photos of the Big Ben and a cheeky shot of the London Eye in the background

Feeling touristy taking photos of the Big Ben and a cheeky shot of the London Eye in the background

The speed networking event in action attempting to break the Guinness World Record

The speed networking event in action attempting to break the Guinness World Record

Felt really posh in walking down Parliament Square in Westminster

Felt really posh in walking down Parliament Square in Westminster

It’s not everyday you get the tube to Westminster and get to see the amazing Houses of Parliament, so today was an usual and rather exciting one for me. At least now, when I’m writing my rolling Thursday News reports on PMQ’s at my NCTJ course, I can have a picture of the building in my mind while I’m thinking of what to write.

Unfortunately the first part of my morning was a bit of a disaster when, after arriving half an hour early too, I found out the video report was actually meant to be in ‘Haymarket, just off Trafalgar Square’. God knows why I thought it was in Westminster! I think someone mentioned it yesterday and I just must have got so excited at the thought of going there that it stuck in my head. Anyways I did get to play tourist for a bit and take a few pics.

I found a map and realised Trafalgar Square was only a 10 min walk away and headed straight there. I got there at 9 and after trying to get hold of Dan I thought they may have already started the videoing so headed back to the GTB office. But as soon as I got off the tube at Oxford Circus, I had a text from Stevie saying Dan was running late so come meet for a coffee while we wait. Then Dan calls me and LUCKILY he was on Oxford Street to so, second time lucky, we made our way to New Zealand House for filming. Little did I know that I’d actually passed the same building when I was on Trafalgar Square half an hour earlier!

Anyways, stressful start aside, filming the video report was amazing. We had arrived at a networking event that was attempting to break the Guiness World Records of hosting the biggest.  It was a bit scary talking into a microphone and being on camera, because firstly my voice always sounds so squeeky and annoying when I listen to it back, AND, I had just been walking through the blistering wind so my hair looked like I’d been dragged through a bush, backwards.

We decided to make quite a light-hearted and silly video with a challenge in the middle of Stevie and I competing against one an another to gather up the most business cards we could from the networkers. And can you believe it, I won! I also interviewed the founder of the event to ask him how the day was going and what his top tips for networking were. How exciting and scary at the same time! I was extra careful not to punch him in the face with the microphone!

After heading back to the studio and been given great advice from Dan and Stevie for my future career in journalism, I completed the hot opps task (browsing twitter and facebook, and basically updating my celeb goss) for Sadie. I then created the newsletter for GoThinkBig to send out to all their subscribers. That was so much fun, got to include the team’s celebration of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, my features I’d written, and the latest video report yet to go on the site. After this, I wrote another (more newsy style) report for the site about the latest Luxury Brand Management Programme City University London is offering for students.

To end the amazing day, Dan gave me some top editing skills to make ourvideo amazing.

Day 1 of the steps in London to my future career

So I arrived in London yesterday to begin a week of work experience for GoThinkBig. To my absolute delight, I discovered that Mappin House (the home to music stations Kiss, Magic and smashhits along with Bauer Publishing mags such as Heat) was situated only 30 seconds off Oxford street. Yes Oxford Street.

Working on the same road as the sparkling windows of La Senza and under a minute’s walk from the humongous Topshop, I was in my element. Unfortunately, for my bank account I can’t say the same.

Day 1 began today on the second floor of Mappin House. Even just on-looking the building from outside made me realise I was exactly where I wanted to be. Listed media brands on the window, rails of clothing visible inside an upper floor and black glistening discoball-like slabs on the wall resembled the dream workplace for me.

My morning took off in the GoThinkBig meeting room where many professionals have once entered to talk to young people in ‘pack lunch’ events. My supervisor, Eleanor, took me on a tour around the floor and introduced me to the team. What stood out to me the most was how young everyone was and how lovely they were. I suppose the demographic of the team goes hand in hand with the company’s concept of helping young people to get their first steps on the career ladder to each dream of success.

My first duty of the day was to carry out a research task into what this year’s awarded ‘100 top brands’ offer young people. I investigated what each of the popular brands offered young people in terms of events, work experience, apprenticeships, internships and undergraduate schemes. I noted their HR contact details so GoThinkBig could get in touch and provide more opportunities to their applicants. If anyone needs experience, I’m the girl to ask.

At 2pm I was invited to an editorial meeting which involved the discussion of the stats of the website, up-coming plans for features and ideas to get O2 ambassadors to promote GoThinkBig.

My day ended with sorting out the GoThinkBig merchandise of t-shirts, bags and UV wristbands. Another perk to the job I discovered, was the free merchandise they received from Boohoo- only one of my favourite online fashion stores (after ASOS of course) Lucky things.

Despite being on work experience, I wasn’t allowed to make tea. Nope, the team don’t like to be ‘cliche’ so instead, cups of tea were made for me. Thank god I can still settle my tea addiction.

Buzzing for what tomorrow’s experience holds, I just hope I can a good sleep without waking up to such big bags under my eyes in the morning!

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