Hear about Sabrina's highlights in Sky News as a Fast Forward Intern
Working in news is not a 9-5 job and no day is ever the same
I am the Fast Forward working in Sky News and since starting in July have got to work across a number of different platforms of Sky News including TV, online and iPad. It’s an exciting and fast paced environment where you really have the chance to get stuck in.
A highlight of working at Sky News has been the opportunity to have my work put out there for audiences to see. Working in the online and digital department, I have been able to create content for the Sky News website and iPad app. This has included researching and writing articles, sourcing and creating picture galleries and carrying out research to commission graphics. This has been one of the most enjoyable aspects of working at Sky News as it’s a varied and creative role. Once you hit publish your work is out there for everyone to see which makes this an incredibly rewarding and satisfying job.
I have also had the opportunity to work in television, working with the planning team at Sky News. My role was to assist the planning editors and researchers to set up interviews and find case studies for upcoming stories. This involves numerous telephone calls and emails however I learnt that perseverance is vital in this role. It’s all worth it when a case study comes together and you see the interview that you've set up on television the next day.
As well as working in the newsroom, I have also had the chance to spend some time out in the field shadowing reporters. On my second day at Sky News I shadowed our East of England correspondent, Emma Birchley, at a press conference hosted by the Mayor of London. Spending time behind the scenes is very insightful as you begin to see and appreciate all the different elements it takes to put a package together.
Lastly I am fortunate in that my year at Sky News also happens to coincide with the General Election in May 2015. As early as November I have been carrying out research based around the election which has included the demographic profiling of around 150 constituencies and finding people to interview around the country. It’s incredibly exciting to be involved in the coverage of one of the biggest upcoming events in British politics.
Working in news is not a 9-5 job and no day is ever the same. It's a constantly changing environment which really keeps you on your toes; however this also means you're in an environment where you're always learning new skills. I've learnt so much in the past sixth months and am definitely looking forward to the next six ahead!