After much assiduous blogging in the New Year I rather fell by the wayside as university started to take over all my waking (and some of my sleeping) hours. But as things start to quieten down a bit as we work on individual projects, I’m going to make a concerted effort to start blogging again.
First up, I can’t believe how much we’ve packed into this term. Live @ 5, our TV news show, has become an all-preoccupying concern. If we’re not filming and editing, we’re planning a guest interviewee, prepping a sports slot or simply trying to put it all into some semblance of order. This term I’ve filmed three packages, anchored the show, Paxman-ed it up with an interviewee, run the autocue, fiddled with the sound and been the producer’s bitch. And I’ve loved almost every second of it. There’s something so exciting about a live show, and if I can’t go straight into journalism then I’d love to do some behind-the-scenes work in the gallery.
Me with fellow anchor Dan
Then there are the multimedia newsroom days. Alternating between Radio Falmouth, the commercial Shock FM, rolling news and online updating, it gives a really good taste of how most newsrooms work nowadays. Sharing content and audio is a really good way of forcing us to work together, and you start to look at all the different angles of a story. Rolling TV news was definitely my favourite, perhaps because the Powers That Be decided to choose that day to launch “disaster scenario”. Naturally everything descended into chaos for the first half an hour or so, but after that people got more organised, and I think everyone got a real buzz from breaking news as it came in.
We also hit up RNAS Culdrose, which, despite my initial lack of enthusiasm, turned out to be a fantastic day. We got to really delve behind the scenes, including sitting in a real life Harrier. It was all in aid of the radio magazine show and, miracle of miracles, we actually managed to put together something to be proud of.
My Top Gun moment
Personally lots of exciting things have happened too – the main one being, passing my driving test. I’m now the proud owner of Florrie the Fiesta, on whom, even after less than a week, I’m really dependent. As a journalist you have to be able to down tools, up sticks and get to the scene of the crime (resignation/protest/strike) as quickly as possible, preferably carrying several thousand pounds of equipment. Before getting Florrie this was practically impossible for me; I relied on other people being able to give me lifts. Now I can nip here, there and everywhere, and it’s given me such a feeling of independence.
This leads on to what’s going to be happening in the next few weeks. I’m currently working on my Politics documentary which’ll look at a wind farm development at Carland Cross, near Newquay. Needless to say lots of people are getting terribly het up about it, so I want to look at whether, with targets for sustainable energy looking increasingly hard to reach, the government will continue to press ahead with renewable energy projects regardless of public opinion and if so, how much will take place in Cornwall.
I want to use this blog to chart my progress and try to channel my thought process to pull the piece together. Hopefully this’ll be a good practice for work on my MA project, on which more later. But anyway, I’d really welcome your comments and any suggestions you have for who I could talk to or any new angles I haven’t considered.