Two local students from Saffron Walden County High School have spent two weeks work experience with the NCTJ. Jessica Dyer and Katie Tomlin have been finding out about journalism careers and NCTJ training and also conducting their own interview with Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton.
“My two weeks work experience at NCTJ has been both enjoyable and educational. I came here with the hope that I would learn about what I would have to do to become a journalist and just to find out as much as I could in general about the career. Whilst I have been here I have completed a wide range of tasks, from filing to interviewing Helen Skelton. Every day here has been different. I enjoyed visiting Harlow College particularly because I have wanted to go there since I first saw the leaflet for it and going there and meeting the people there has only made me want to go there more. Meeting Helen Skelton and interviewing her was a great experience which will hopefully be the start of my progress in becoming a journalist. I have learnt a lot about all the exams I will need to do and the different paths I could take into becoming a journalist. I have really enjoyed this experience. I want to thank the NCTJ for having me the past two weeks and for helping me to expand my knowledge of the journalism industry.”
“Being at the NCTJ has been a really useful experience. I have learnt a lot about what is involved in becoming a journalist and it has been a real eye opener. I have learnt about all the different exams and qualifications, shorthand and the NCTJ and what they do. I really enjoyed interviewing Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton, as it was my first real interview and I also enjoyed going to the Saffron Walden Reporter and seeing first-hand what goes on in the process of making a newspaper. Going to Harlow College was also a great experience. These past two weeks have made me want to pursue a career in journalism even more. I am more certain now of what I want to do in the future and what I need to do in order to get there.”