Admittedly it’s been a while fellow bloggers and I know it’s not acceptable to keep apologising for MY lack of blogging and so I’m just going to fill you in on my busy life and continue to do this as often as I can.
I really am learning how to be a broadcast journalist in 9 months- a bit like a journalistic pregnancy. I sleep, eat and breathe news and my brain is constantly working overtime as I think about ways I can be interesting, creative, organised and as my lecturer keeps telling me ‘relax and slow it down.’ I have a tendency when i’m excited to speed up and it has its positives (meeting deadlines,) but can also have its flaws (sometimes I feel like im in the panic room on the Exit List.) Anyone who hasn’t seen that game show, it’s very addictive.
Nevertheless my life is 100 miles an hour and with less than a month before I break up for a very exciting 3 week work placement the pressure is on. It is possibly the most important year of my life but I am still making time for socialising and fun and of course I’ll be sharing that with you.
Firstly, yes it’s that time of year again- the Six Nations! Possibly the most exciting time of the year as I’m a massive
rugby fan and there’s nothing quite like a rugby day in Cardiff. Any home games at the Millennium stadium brings thousands of supporters, the streets are packed and the atmosphere is phenomenal. Yesterday Wales were playing Scotland and as the game ended the streets flooded with happy Welsh fans and the Scots were a great sport as they proudly wore their kilts.
This weekend was my 24th birthday and was celebrated in style with a house party theme, ‘seven deadly sins.’ My very good buddies made me heart-shaped biscuits and decorated the house with birthday banners and balloons.
I also loved the practicality of all my presents and how they were all useful for my journalistic lifestyle- a blazer, a smart shirt, posh handbag, pearl earrings, classy necklace, ‘State of Play’ DVD etc.
It was definitely a memorable birthday and I am lucky to have so many good friends. The costumes were great; a pride of lion’s, a lot of people GREEN with envy, some Katy Perry style ‘Gluttony’ costumes, Mr. Darcy himself (lust,) Miss Pride and many more.
So that’s pretty much the social side of my busy life but journalistically it’s also been a bit crazy. Every Tuesday and Friday we have production days which reflect a real day in a newsroom. More often than not, the days will start with a stressful rush to get a 5 minute bulletin out by 9 o clock but then as the days go by and the interviews begin to come together the days are a massive adrenalin rush.
There’s no better feeling than working and developing a story, timing a bulletin perfectly, getting some great interviews and the list goes on. As I have finally got to grips with the technology side of things thanks to practicing in the TV studio and radio booth the journalism can be the main focus.
Tomorrow is Valentine’s day, that time of year when men feel a huge amount of pressure to buy the perfect gift and treat their loved ones to the usual cheesy gifts: chocolates, roses, teddies ETC. I am very much looking forward to covering a story on it in the Rhondda.
Valentine’s Day is often focused around couples going for candle-lit dinners but this year the council are running a campaign ‘Love Leisure for Life,’ to encourage couples to exercise together on Valentine’s Day. It’s going to be an early start tomorrow as we go and see for ourselves how many couples will be hitting the leisure centres for a romantic swim.
I’ll let you know how it goes!