Last week I took on the scary role of afternoon reporter for London’s newsroom.
All I could think of while packing for the three days in the big smoke was how I likely was it that I could mess up reporting for our national brands, or live on LBC while trying to make a good impression with the big bosses
Packing for some reporting shifts in London from tomorrow… Unbelievably nervous but three days should go quickly right?
— Charlotte Gay (@CharlotteGay92) March 29, 2015
I’d pestered a few journos around the group to try prepare what was waiting for me at Leicester Square – which was just as useful for practical advice like getting in the building as other newsy tips. Here in Bristol’s newsroom, and I expect the other regionals, you’re obviously reporting on things as they happen but because Wiltshire for instance doesn’t always have an exciting story every single day I’m forward planning as much as I am reacting to what’s going on in the South West. And that was the big difference between the two newsrooms. My hours for the three days all started at ten but on both Tuesday and Wednesday it took until 2pm before anything interesting started happening – and up until then I felt a bit useless. I’m not used to just sitting still at a desk for that long so it was a relief when things did start to kick it up a gear. I may have regretted thinking that when Wednesday – my last day – didn’t have me leaving London until 11pm because of this fire in Holborn.
I’ve pulled out two clips from the work I did to basically show what were my two main reporting roles.
Lives into programmes…
And ‘almost’ lives into bulletins…
Hopefully I’ll be invited back to do it again at some point but for now… finishing shifts nearer to dinner time suits me pretty nicely.