I first discovered journalism as a career in the summer before going into my final year of university, I thought it would be good to get some work experience that would benefit my CV. I applied to the local paper and impressed them so much that I was the first work experience student to be taken on in nearly 10 years. I spent a week at the paper and helped with everything from picture stories to crime, to shadowing in court and at council meetings, to joining photographers on jobs. I also managed to get the front page story that week. When I finished my week at the paper, I really felt it had been the most useful work experience I could have ever done, and the team at the paper felt the same. They asked me to start writing a weekly lifestyle column about my life as a student – this later received national recognition on Hold The Front Page, a huge journalism website
When someone left the company unexpectedly, they asked me to work full time with them for a month before returning to university, which I was eager to do and enjoyed every second. When I finished university, I was offered a full time position as a junior reporter at the paper. I snapped up the opportunity and made myself indispensable by taking on work that was beyond what I was expected to do. As others left, I took on other roles and am now in charge of the entertainment section and the website, as well as contributing a great deal to the news section, including front page stories.
Here is a log of some of my favourite published works:
Front page stories:
- Exclusive: “I tried – but it obviously wasn’t enough”
- Mum in tribute to tragic Lewis, 23, after mystery death in Canada
- £2.3m Lottery win for chapel appeal
- Blow-out Blue’s big finale
- Pop trio Stooshe join the festival playlist
- De-moo-lition job as bullock smashes into home
- Second bollards bash closes dedicated lane
- Bawsey Pits deaths: Agony of 18-year-old who told Ryan he would not make it
- Who are cast members captured in paintings?
- Bright lights and sugar – how far will £20 go at Lynn’s Mart?
- Majestic cinema marks 85 years of the silver screen
- Powerhooping could be the new Zumba
- Could our fuel be the cheapest in the UK?