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Quote of the day.


‘Your network, is your net worth’


The Editor and Founder of Amor Magazine UK, Ruby Mae Moore, passed on this nugget of wisdom to me last month.

It reminded me that we shouldn’t be quick to shun away those who pass us by and those we might see as frivolous, “nobodies” or irrelevant in the moment.

We sometimes find we’ll get to places we want to be, through our networks.

Rumour has it, successful people make time to find and build networks, while everyone else is busy just finding work.

I guess you never know where your 8 year old bestie from Maths class could be in twenty years time. This quote reminds me that it’s always worth making the extra effort to stay in touch long after you’ve known someone.



#HeForShe Campaign

“So much potential remains untapped”   Since her appointment in July 2014 last year, Emma Watson, British actress turned UN Women Goodwill Ambassador – has encouraged a new audience to break down the barriers prohibiting gender-equality. Fierce Watson is back, building … Continue reading

Work Experience Woes

So you’ve managed to bag yourself your dream work placement in a newsroom.


Now it’s the day before, and your shaking in your boots fretting over not knowing what’s FTSE and who the President of Malawi is.

How are you going to make a great impression and leave them wanting to see more of you?

Let’s rundown how to make the best out of your one day/one week/fortnight of work experience:

1) Don’t be late.

I generally follow this rule in life anyway, but it’s definitely the number one rule for placements. Don’t stumble in a couple of minutes before or after you’re due to start.

Be prompt and be alert. Setting a good impression from the get-go will give you a great headstart. But – turning up an hour early is also not ideal.

I’d say,  if you’re going somewhere you’ve never been before, make sure you leave early to find the place in good time. Then, if you get there super early, just pop in to a coffee shop to pass some time.

Then rock up 15 minutes before your start time, fresh as a daisy and caffeine pumping through your veins.

2) Don’t wear new shoes on your first day.

Blisters and sores? No thank you. Squeezing your feet into some new loafers just aren’t worth the damage.

Plus, no one wants to see you sliding across the newsroom studio floors no matter how shiny and new your shoes may be!

That being said, don’t pull out your old tatty pair either – exercise some effort at least.

3) Carry spare batteries/charger.

The ‘vox-pop challenge’ is an editor favourite so I’ve been told. It’s the easiest task for them to set you and allows the station/channel to ‘understand their audience’.

They just want to see what you’re made of, and judge whether you’re a ‘people person’.

Getting sent out on a rainy, cold day isn’t the best thing in the world, but it’s twice the nightmare if you get to your destination, find a rare voxpopper who’s up for answering a couple of questions on a new housing development, you switch on your recorder and – BAM.

The low battery light flashes twice annnd…your all out. Great.

Grab a few AAs in your satchel, and job’s a good’un.

4) Always carry a notebook and pen.

As you’ve seen above, technology can fail us at the most poignant of times. To save yourself always carry a notebook and pen with you.

They say journalists are always skint, and I reckon it’s because roughly 73% of their entire salary is spent on notebooks! The size of the pad is up to you, but in my opinion a reporters A5 pad is best. Large enough to fit a decent amount of text on, but also small enough to take out on the job.

I can honestly say it’s got me out of a fair few sticky situations, so don’t roll your eyes at life before iPads.

5) Have some spare breakfast/snack bars in your bag.

Because you’ll thank yourself later.

6) Bring an umbrella.

Don’t think you’ll have a spare 30 minutes after your interviews to run back home, fix your barnet and run back to the office.

Such wishful musings aren’t welcome in the newsroom unfortunately.

Save yourself the bad hair day and pack an umbrella in your bag!

7) Learn names.

There’s something charming and professional about someone who remember’s everyone’s name.

The guy at security, the canteen lady, as well as everyone you meet in the newsroom.

It makes them feel good, and you feel professional (plus it’s great for networking).

8) If you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Make the most of your placement.

Find that balance between not being a pest and carving out your own experience. If you finish the work you’ve been assigned, then ask for more.

People in the newsroom will often have a lot on their plate and may be happy to delegate some work to you, but may also think your being annoying.

Read your colleagues and make it known that you’re happy to get stuck in and help people out when needed.

But most of all, enjoy it.

– A

Reporting for City News

“Ashna Hurynag. City News”

As part of my journalism course, every Thursday we make an as-live news programme called ‘City News’.

Yesterday, I joined up with two other peers to form our mini news squad. Our task was to go out and fetch a story in order to build a television news package to fit into the live show.



We decided to pursue the story of Camden Council launching a new petition to get fairer compensation for residents of the Borough who’s housing will be affected by the new High Speed 2 railway line.

With some luck, raw journalistic talent and haphazard FCP editing skills, here’s what came of our newsgathering.


Too nice to work in TV?

Next week I’m due to start a postgraduate course wherein I will be thrust into the world of Television and Radio Journalism. My naturally kind deposition has often been pointed out to me as a negative, hence my interest in this post. People in the industry have advised that I may need to ‘toughen up’ and shouldn’t ‘play nice’ in the journalistic field. Now, I know I may need to work hard and fight for opportunities as a young journalist breaking into a competitive field – but I really don’t see the need to be ruthless cow.

This blog is profound in it’s advice and wisdom, so thank you Simon Wright!

You'd better work

Have you ever been sat in a work meeting or in the process of employing someone when the phrase, ” but he/she is too nice” has been thrown out. When this is mentioned it usually means there will be a problem. Being “too nice” is seen particularly in television as a weakness. In order to succeed you need to be tough, ruthless and determined, but can’t you succeed and be a thoroughly nice decent human being too? Are they mutually exclusive? When people are “too nice” it’s often felt that they would be walked over, taken advantage of, not taken seriously. Well actually teams in my experience tend to respond better to honesty, kindness, openness and knowing what they can and can’t do. Being “too nice” doesn’t mean letting people run riot but actually pointing it out to them when they do and explaining how they will be perceived and…

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Why female empowerment is important


When you meet another female your age that wants to follow the exact same career path as you, do you see her as competition?


It is jealousy in its harshest form – jealousy of success.

These feelings are real and unfortunately seem to exist in society.

Of the few networking events and career advice talks I’ve attended, I’ve consistently encountered these types of young women.

These girls always seem judgemental and never are genuinely pleased when they learn the career path I want to lead is the same as theirs.

In contrast, when speaking to a guy who’s career ambition mirrors mine – there is no jealousy or judgement there at all.


But why does this jealousy amongst females exist?

I have always wondered why there is a need to compete, or get to your dream quicker or faster than another woman. Why can’t you both succeed?

Young women, in particular, need to stop being jealous of another’s success. There is no use in obsessing over someone else’s accomplishments or failures. 


Where did this competition begin and why do girls feel the need to compare themselves with others? Surely, we should be motivating our fellow females to succeed – what ever happened to ‘Girl Power’ after all!

Googling ‘female empowerment’ pulls up 18,600,000 results online of plenty of news articles featuring senior women in the limelight who are promoting the term.

Simply by diverting all the negative energy into something positive, can ultimately help you lead a better life and help you in your own successes.

Social networking means it’s easy to constantly compare yourself to your peers.

While healthy competition can be a good thing, blatant jealousy is not.female5

I’ve learnt that if you want to be successful in life, being your own competition is far better than fixating on someone else’s triumphs.

So what if your classmate got 90% in a test, and you only got 60%?

So what if she’s been promoted, and you are only an intern?

The world is sometimes unfair – deal with it. Some people have better opportunities and make the most of thier luck.

You can do nothing of it, except create your own successes.

Fantasizing about your jealousy will take you nowhere – but you know this already, and you certainly don’t need me to lecture you on that!


I firmly champion the ideal that women need to encourage fellow females to rise to the top in their career paths, rather than be jealous of them, or see them as competition.

All I’m saying is, be self-motivated, and celebrate your achievements.

Be passionate about your life and respect your own ambition.

Great article on this topic: ‘How to Stop being Jealous of Someone Else’s Success?’