Broadcast Journalist

Hi, I’m Sarah Teale. I’m a Senior Broadcast
Journalist, working as a reporter
at East Midlands Today. The reporter’s job
is very varied. Every day is completely
different. We’ll get the story, we’ll
make some phone calls on it, we’ll set up interviews with
whom we need to talk to, and arrange to go out
and film that day. It’s always very
last-minute, it’s always, “We need to come out now. We need to do the
interview now.” We’ll go out, film on location,
do interviews with one, two, three people, come back. Then I edit myself, as well, so I’ll put the finished
piece together. That’s usually about a minute
30, so there’s hours and hours of work which goes into a
minute 30 piece that you see on the news at the end of day. [Clip playing] I always knew
I wanted to be a journalist, from quite an early age. So I got a job on a weekly
newspaper in Cambridgeshire, earning virtually no money, but
went on a training programme which teaches you absolutely
everything about journalism, and worked on the local
paper at the time as well. I stayed in newspapers for
about five years, and then, from there, I went to
cable TV in Birmingham. It was a new station which
had opened up, and went there as a presenter/reporter, which
was my first job in telly. Then from there, a job
came up at ITV Central, based in the Midlands. I went there as a broadcast
journalist, and stayed there for about 10 years, worked up
and did a variety of jobs there. I produced a programme,
reported, presented the programme. It was a lot of fun, because
literally every day I did a different kind of job. It was very multi-skilled. About four years ago, a producer’s job came
up here at the BBC. I moved, took that, and
was assistant editor. In the last year, my
role has changed slightly and I’ve swapped with a
colleague, so now I’m reporting, and she’s doing my
producing job. So I’m back on the road
and reporting again. It’s a job where
I think you have to be really interested
in people. You have to be interested
in their stories. You have to have an
interest in current affairs, and I think if you work in
news, you have to love news. I watch news all the time. You have to be able
to work quickly. This job’s all about deadlines,
so if you panic easily, it’s not a job for you. You have to keep calm and you
have to be very organised. If you’re starting out, and
you want to become a reporter, I think you need to think about
what area you need to work in. It’s taken me years to get
to this point, to do this. And I don’t think I could ever,
at 18 have thought, “Right, I’m going to be a
reporter for BBC TV, and I want to do
that next week.” There’s a lot of groundwork that
you have to go through first. Work experience is invaluable. Get in places, get
your face known, and you will get opportunities. If you’re keen and enthusiastic,
and someone knows who you are, you will get opportunities. It’s really important that
that’s on your CV as well. Local radio is a fantastic
place to start out in, and you get some really
good experience in working in all manner of areas, as well. I think these days,
it’s more important than ever to be multi-skilled. I think the industry is
changing so fast that you have to keep up to date with that. Since I started, this job
has changed massively. We used to go out with
a reporter, a sound man, a lighting man, two cameramen. It was a big production. Now, I go out on my own
sometimes, and it’s just me. Then you edit yourself, you
put the whole thing out. So I do think it’s really
important to be multi-skilled. I think it’s useful to know what
everybody else’s jobs involves as well, because then you
get a full understanding on the pressures on everybody
else that’s working with you. I absolutely love my job, and I don’t think many
people can say that. It’s different every single day. You meet loads of
different people, who are really interesting. It’s busy, you get
a real buzz from it, and you can see what you do. You can see your day’s
work at the end of the day. It is the best job.

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