Alex's Blog

The various programmes we’ve created at university had given me some experience working as a camera operator, but this summer I had the chance to put what I’d learned over the last two years into practice.

Back home in the sunny island of Jersey, in what newsrooms would usually call the ‘silly season’, an event takes place every year which epitomises the uniqueness and community spirit of life in the Channel Islands. The Jersey Battle of Flowers is the island’s annual carnival where on the second thursday of August, floats created by locals descend on St Helier’s Victoria Avenue for the spectacle of islanders and tourists alike. The 2016 event saw over 15,000 spectators attend the parade, so after over 100 years there’s no sign of ‘Battle Fever’ losing it’s popularity. (more…)

My BBC Work Experience placement gave me such a great insight into the newsgathering process across both Radio and TV – up until my first day at the BBC, my prior experience had mainly been focusing on the production side of broadcasting. The initial placement was set out so I was able to spend time in both the newsroom, and the studios, getting involved with all aspects of the BBC’s work in Jersey. (more…)

Camera kit… check! Notepad and pen… check!

Add a press pass, crib sheets for the candidates and some emergency sugar-filled rations to get you through the night, and you’ve got possibly everything you’d need to report on one of the 2015 General Election counts.

Okay there’s a bit more to it than that. The night of the 7th of May (and most of the following day, to be honest) was definitely one of the longest working days I’ve had to do, but it was also such a great experience to give me a fantastic insight into UK politics. (more…)