Do you think you have what it takes to be a journalist?
Well, so did I. I was privileged to be given the opportunity alongside five other passionate, ambitious journalists, to begin training with London360 as part of Media Trust.
If you think you’re going to get into media by prancing around and telling people that you ‘want to be a presenter’ when you’ve had a few ciders with your mates at the pub, then you are sadly mistaken. As I have learnt, to become a presenter, producer, journalist or media professional in any respect requires sacrifice, hard-work and commitment. In our first week here the importance of giving your all and prioritising journalism was made very clear.
Jasmine Dotiwala and Reshma Biring have drilled into our heads daily that if you want to be a journalist, if you thirst for it, hunger for it, then making sacrifices should not starve you. Merely embracing media every day should be your ultimate enjoyment.
I have enjoyed every moment here so far. I would not trade it for anything else. I have learnt about media with many of the greats in the industry. Learning about how to take photos with Richard Pascoe, making documentaries with Vivien Morgan, the art of using the camera with Nigel Gregory and general introductions to Ofcom vlogging, blogging- and it’s only been a week! Don’t get me wrong, I have re-found my love for Red Bull and early nights, but I am doing what I love so exhaustion and missing nights out isn’t an issue.
So, do you still think you have what it takes?