It’s week 6 in the ‘Big Broadcast House,’ as you know I am studying a post-graduate diploma in broadcast journalism and for the last 6 weeks I have spent nearly all day every day in the news room with my fellow broadcasters.
It has been quite an experience, some highs, some lows but nevertheless I have enjoyed every minute. After nearly 2 years of working and travelling I must admit I am glad to back. So what have I learnt so far? These are some snippets of what my lecturers have taught me:
Rule number 1: Don’t ‘tweet’ anything you wouldn’t say to your grandparents/auntie/uncle’s etc (Glyn Mottershead 2011.)
Rule number 2: DO not say ‘welcome back or welcome to’ on any radio news bulletin…radio is continuous (Emma Gilliam 2011.) Also NEVER swear in a radio studio! (A friend of mine learnt this in the first week!)
Rule number 3: DO NOT ever publish a story in a rush and use a picture from facebook unless you know it is definitely them (Professor Duncan Bloy 2011.)
Rule number 4: If you ask yourself that question…the answer is probably no. (Colin Larcombe 2011.) Make sure you don’t have a wonky camera, (thanks Colin.)
Rule number 5: Always report accurately and responsibly. (Professor Richard Tait 2011.)
There is obviously a lot more I’ve learnt in those 6 weeks but these are some that come to mind. On a less serious note (though some of you who know our lecturers will see the humorous side,) to those of you who don’t I thought I’d share some pictures and stories that have made me ‘chuckle.’
Last weekend, to celebrate a friend’s birthday myself and other course friends headed to a house-party.
The theme was fancy dress/doubles and so Niamh Hannon and I decided to dress up as Jedward. I wasn’t sure whether to be offended or not when people complimented us on how well we carried it off, I am hoping they meant the outfits and not our personalities!
There were some great costumes, my personal favourite being one of the boys dressed as Pamela Anderson, needless to say I don’t think I will ever look at him in the same way again. I still need to find out who the mystery cake maker is after they took over our ‘CJS11’ hash-tag on twitter the next day.
On another social occasion what was meant to be an innocent trip to a curry house turned into a more eventful and drunken evening. It was a great opportunity to get to know everyone on the course. After a few too many drinks we all experienced how weirdly flexible Geraint’s legs were which may have been even funnier because we were a bit merry but it was still very entertaining.
My friend and I share the same news patch, science and technology, and so we both headed to the science centre (Techniquest) in Cardiff Bay to meet the staff and to have some fun with science. When I was little I remember my parents taking me to Techniquest followed by the infamous fish and chips at Harry Ramsden’s and so this trip was very nostalgic. This time my visit was for a more serious reason (to make contacts,) but we still found ourselves giggling at my attempt at being a DJ and the distorted images of ourselves in a mirror reflection.
Even at the age of 23 I still giggle at friends who pull silly faces, as exemplified by Chris below:
To those of you who have been lucky enough to be pictured in my blog post, I would just like to thank you for putting a smile on my face 🙂