English Summer Rain

Hello! Any Placebo fans might recognise today’s title. It is, of course, a reference to the glorious weather we’ve had of late. (any non-English readers: it’s been torrential downpours and galeforce winds and flooding all the way, hahaha) You’re reading the blog of a very chilled journalist today. Yesterday, we had our shorthand exam. I…

Prints Charming

Hello! The news today is that my first print story (hence the title) has made it into my local paper! (page 19 of  The Argus in Brighton, in case you were wondering). I have a byline and everything! Also, inexplicably, my story is now on both the community page AND the normal news page of…

When I get that feeling, I want… Friday feeling

Hello! Apologies for rhyming ‘feeling’ with ‘feeling’ in the title; it’s just one of those frivolous days (a Friday, in fact). So, at this time in a week, I will have taken an 80wpm shorthand exam, assuming I’ve passed the 60wpm (less assuming, more PRAYING). The thought makes me feel physically sick to be honest,…

Happy Humpday!

Hello! Now before you ask what the title is about, it was inspired by this hilarious blog post. I’d only ever heard the term on Mean Girls before, but never understood what ‘Humpday’ meant… but I now know that it refers to Wednesday, i.e. the ‘hump’ in the middle of the week! Seeing as it’s a…

Flashes of inspiration aplenty

Hello! I’m sure you’ll all be thrilled to hear that after a couple of weeks utterly devoid of inspiration, I have, at long last, broken through the wall that is writer’s block, and I now have ideas! I’ve set about chasing up people for a grilling, and I have some ideas for more features to…

Jubilee-tions

Hello hello! Sorry I’ve been such a slacker on the blogging front lately – my laptop has been taken off to be repaired (and my god it needed it) so I’ve been left to do battle with the painfully slow desktop computer! This week at Journalist Works, we went off to Lewes Crown Court. Crown…

Summer Sun(day)

Hello! WHAT is going on with this weather? My body simply cannot compute this temperature. After the wettest April on record, we’ve been thrust into this searing heat day after day! Insanity! I spent this afternoon on the beach with Shopping Saviour’s Rachel and some frozen yogurt, tutting over the ridiculous amount of people slathering on…

Off-duty journalists

Hello! Sometimes, we trainee journalists need to chill out and put the brakes on the constant bombardment of work work work. So, yesterday, a group of us went to see The Ladyboys of Bangkok! It was so much fun, and absolutely hilarious. We got right into it (you can’t not really), and we were sat…

A variety pack of thoughts

Hello! Some fun news today is that my studentbeans.com article is now live! It’s all about some new ideas for toast-toppers. I’m doing a fair bit for the student web world at the moment, what with being a studentbeans contributor, and I’m also signed up to write for Kettle, and I am also in the process of…

Bank Holiday Bunday

Hello! Today, I am sporting my Bank Holiday Bunday bun. It’s something I put in when I know I won’t have to see anyone. Or sometimes when I will have to, because I like to embarrass the people I’m with. Sometimes, it is branded ‘Partybun’, when I am going to a party and want a bun. Today,…

Minor Success Saturday

Hello! Just a quick one to report a couple of minor journalism-related successes that have popped up today! Firstly, Underground Magazine, a London-based satire magazine, has invited me to join its writers’ article discussion group, so I’ll get the chance to possibly have my own satirical pieces published if they like them enough. SECONDLY, a travel…

Freaky Friday

Hello! I must be honest: there’s nothing freaky about this Friday at all. It’s Normal Friday if anything. I just wanted an alliterative title. Soz. SO, we’ve just finished week 3 of the NCTJ. My mind is just slush at the moment, after a particularly intense couple of days of shorthand. This week, we’ve been…

Time’s a-tickin’

Hello! Here’s a shocker for you: I’M REALLY REALLY BUSY. I’m trying to finish off my Sociolinguistics coursework (should’ve done it weeks ago, but my excuse is that I’m a student), write my studentbeans.com piece, finish off the feature I want to send to a magazine and also keep on top of life in general….

Weekend workhorse

Hello! I’ve had a pretty busy weekend. I’ve been chasing stats and stories, and I’ve managed to conduct two phone interviews. I think we actually have training for phone interviews coming up soon, but they went fine anyway, haha. I’m really feeling the pressure now, from trying to finish my uni work (one essay down,…

Back to school

Hello! So, this is the last weekend of my ‘summer holidays’. My uni course, bar a couple of last essays, finished at the end of March, so effectively the last few weeks have been my summer. I’m intrigued to find out how I’ll adapt to 9-5 days, but I think it’ll be good for me…

Gloomy Monday

Hello, It’s a typically grey, drizzly Bank Holiday Monday, and it’s a week today until I start my journalism course. I’m slightly terrified. I’ve never done anything 9-5 before, especially not entire weeks… especially not like 15 entire weeks. I think it’ll be good for me, insofar as it’ll prepare me for the real working…

Slacking

Hello, Apologies for being a bit rubbish at blogging lately; I suppose I can blame it partially on being out of the country for a few days, but still, there is no excuse now that I am home. I’ve been slacking with the shorthand a bit, which is bad, but I’ll kick it off again…

Hello Europe, Copenhagen calling

Hello, and yes, the title is indeed Eurovision-inspired, Tomorrow, at the painful time of 5:30am, I will be waking up to go to Copenhagen! Therefore you won’t be hearing from me until Monday, when I will do a writeup of the trip, which is of course, good practice for travel journalism (the ultimate dream, pretty…

Absent note

Hello! Sorry I’ve been MIA recently – had a bit of a technical issue earlier this week (by which I mean my laptop charger quite literally fell apart, and a certain useless computer company have been particularly sluggish in sending me a replacement.) I’m back home now though, so my online presence has been restored!…

In the pipeline

Hello, I spent quite a while last night tirelessly emailing potential future interviewees. It’s quite a varied mix, so even if I managed to snare a couple of them for an interview, I could have some really interesting posts coming up. Currently I am working on a post where I have interviewed Simon Clark about…

A roving reporter is born?

Hello, Not a huge amount to ‘report’, if you will (or if you won’t; it’s just tough, because you’ve read it now and there’s no way to unread… unless it’s an email, but even then, you’re not actually UNREADING the email… I digress) from the past couple of days in terms of journalism-related matters. As I understand…

Exciting news du jour!

Having had one of my articles in the last issue of UCL’s Pi Magazine, I thought I’d give it another shot this month. My idea was to get in touch with a staple of 1990s children’s television and find out what they’re up to these days. The person I chose was Art Attack’s finest, Neil…

Give us, this day, our daily soup (du journalism)

Hello! My name is Kayleigh Tanner, I’m 20, and I am half student, half soon-to-be trainee journalist. I’m at University College London, in my second year of a Linguistics degree, and in just over a month I will be returning to my hometown of Brighton to embark upon my journalism journey (journ-ey-lism?), where I will…