BA English Literature (2008-2011) and MA Multimedia Journalism (2011-2012)
Script Assistant, Sky News
After I left Winchester I became a part of the ITV talent pool and shortly afterwards I was offered a placement as a Script Assistant at Sky, which is where I have been since.
During my course an editor from Sky came to work with us for the day on our student news service, Winchester News Online (WINOL). Later, with the help of my lecturer, and a lot of pestering, the editor recommended me to the Director of News Output at Sky. I went to meet him and spent a few days shadowing a director before my name was put forward to my current manager who organises runners.
My job involves me printing scripts, collecting guests and organising guest lists as well as running errands. My desk is just behind the news desk and I love the fact that you never know when something big is going to happen. You have to be organised and quick thinking and ready to do whatever you’re asked. There are a lot of people so a good memory helps too. Sometimes my work days are long with 12 hour shifts but time goes quickly because I love what I’m doing.
My studies at Winchester have really helped to develop my skills. I think when it came to WINOL we were a bit clueless at first; we were just starting out and had never been in a newsroom before. That’s the great thing about Winchester; we were encouraged to throw ourselves in at the deep end. If you wanted to learn something then there was always someone to teach you, you just needed to get stuck in.
The best advice that I can pass on to other students wanting to pursue a career in Journalism is don’t be afraid to ask things. Don’t think too much about sending an email or asking if there are any work experience placements or even jobs going, despite the fact there aren’t any being advertised. You have to be forward thinking and leave a lasting impression to get your foot in the door.
Whilst at university make the best impression you can on people. Obviously what you know is important but so is who you know. Also learn everything you can. If you think that taking a different module or spending some extra time learning something different is going to help you then you have to do it; it will be all worth it in the end if it’s going to make you stand out.