Aug 26

Yesterday I spent a day with issTV, a local online television channel for the South coast. Recently they’ve covered the Bournemouth Air Show and the Dancing on Ice tour at the BIC.

We went out to Lulworth Castle to film the Jousting displays that take place daily during July and August.

It’s a great day out over there, with the fast and furious jousting competitions on twice daily and medieval village where revellers can get a taste of life in the middle ages. There’s archery sessions to try
and stalls selling medieval souvenirs.

We spoke to Fiery Jack the Jester about the history of jousting and one of the knights in the display about the training involved in becoming a professional.

After 2 hours of filming we headed back to the studio to edit the package and stick it on the website. I had a dabble with Final Cut Pro and saw how to upload videos onto the website. You can see the Jousting video here.

The reporter I was out with was helpful with advice for breaking into broadcast journalism, but did stress that jobs are few and far between at the moment – as with most sectors. When I’ve been on placements over the last year,  people I’ve met have warned me that the profession is becoming increasingly more difficult to get into, what with ITV merging its regional news shows and commercial radio continually slashing the length of bulletins and networking news across the country from their London studios.

Despite all this I’m still determined to get where I want to and am adding as many strings to my bow as possible with placements like my day with issTV. I’m hoping that as much work experience as possible teamed with a Post Grad will give me the best chance possible. My next open day is Wednesday 3rd September at Westminster Uni.

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