When I met Bojo.

The moment you realise being a student journalist really has its perks!


I caught up with The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, for a chat about the new cycle cross-rail due for completion in 2016.

Check out my interview with the infamous Boris here:


Entertainment News

I got to record some bulletins whilst on an internship – all great experience and really helpful in showing me what I need to improve on. So here’s a sample of what I recorded, voila!

Here’s one from Friday 16th January, I give you the latest on the Brit Award nominations 2015, and fill you in on the gossip surrounding the Celebrity Big Brother house!

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

National Takeover Day 2014

Taking Over The Wallace Collection in London!

As featured on ‘Kids In Museums‘.

Pupils aged 8 to 11 years old from local state St Vincent’s Catholic Primary School are taking over The Wallace Collection museum on Friday 21st November 2014.

This is part of National Takeover Day, for one day only children and young people are being giving the chance to shadow jobs, serve customers and get involved in decision-making.

I went along to The Wallace Collection to find out more about their involvement in the national day.

See my radio report below:

‘City Vibe Radio’ Launches

Today, our radio news team launched a new commercial station ‘City Vibe’ Radio to house all our content from radio news days.

As this week’s Interactive Editor I was trusted to create and manage all of the digital platforms our station would hold.

I decided to create Twitter and Instagram accounts, and to launch a brand new site which you can see here.

The logo for 'City Vibe' Radio

The logo for ‘City Vibe’ Radio

The content we created was of a high calibre, and our tutor’s were impressed with the show.

Working as a team has brought us closer together and I feel proud of all my peers.

We’ll be back with more content after Christmas but do have a look at all the news packages on the site in the mean time!

Well done team City Vibe!

Student Media Summit 2014: Day Two

Bleary eyed and a little windswept, I arrived at the Amnesty building on Friday morning raring to go for the second day of the, so far, brilliant summit. Despite having a hectic journey into London due to industrial strike action … Continue reading

Student Media Summit 2014: Day One

I am writing this post on a wobbly train from London. It’s just gone 7pm, and I’m exhausted from a busy day at the Student Media Summit 2014. It’s been a whole year since my last visit to this two-day conference in London. Ever since the last one ended, I have been incredibly eager to return to the event I adored so much last year.

The media summit is hosted by the NUS and Amnesty International. It brings together aspiring journalists who volunteer in student media and successful working media-professionals. The NUS and Amnesty are renowned for arranging great speakers for the summit, and both organisations cherish the strong relationships they have with student media across the nation and big news corporations.


If you’re part of student media at your university, each outlet is entitled to two tickets to the event. Therefore, having attended the event in 2013 as part of ‘rhubarbTV’, I was very excited to return this year – this time as a Postgraduate-to-be and as a freelance journalist. NUS_CMYK-01

Many of this year’s delegates were undergraduate and most were part of their university’s student media outlets. I met wonderful attendees from Leeds, York, and Warwick – students had really made the effort to come down to London for the event.

The first of the weekend Summit, involved a Welcome Speech given by Lewis Cooper (NUS Public Affairs Manager) and Tim Hancock (Amnesty’s Director of the Chief Executive’s Office). Afterwards we were directed to our relevant sessions for which we had signed up for that morning. The sessions and lectures ranged from: Sub-Editing, Investigative Journalism, to Presenting skills and Making the perfect website. The range and variety of each session made me wish I could attend them all – especially considering the extraordinarily high calibre of the speakers.

For my first workshop I attended ‘Feature Writing’ with bubbly Zoe Beaty (@zoe_beaty) from Grazia Magazine. Zoe came across as incredibly down to earth and as someone who really knows her field. I had read many of her articles prior to meeting her, and wasn’t disappointed by the woman behind the excellent stories.

Buzzing from the first of three sessions of the day, I ran along to the second workshop on ‘Interview Skills’ with Sky News’ political correspondent Anushka Asthana (@SkyAnushka). Anushka was equally as fascinating, she was fiercely intelligent and was brimming with funny stories about her encounters with politicians. Her tales captured the group, we learnt about her experience doing ‘Death Knocks’ and everyone in the room was in awe of her career and her resilience. I was also pleased to discover that she studied for an MA in Magazine Journalism at City University. I could do a lot worse than emulate her career in journalism that’s for sure!


Lastly, I chose to attend the session on ‘Newsgathering’ held by BBC London reporter, Tarah Welsh (@Tarahwelsh). As well as being the friendliest, most real and kind journalist I’d ever met, I was enthralled by Tarah’s tenacity and journey from small time PR girl to fierce reporter at the Beeb. She was a great speaker and I think everyone in the room resonated with her because she was so amiable. Tarah seemed like she genuinely wanted to help and was intrigued in our journeys too – she wanted to know the routes we planned to take, and advised us accordingly. Tarah was a lucky one though; she had managed to secure herself a place on the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme – giving her perfect leverage into the industry. But it was reassuring to hear Tarah say that people can get into the news organisation through a variety of routes, and that there is generally no direct path into working for the BBC.

So, that’s my report from Day One! I’m looking forward to tomorrow after a great, informative day today. I just hope the train journey is a little less manic in the morning.

In the meantime, follow the summit trend at #studentmedia2014 to see what the delegates are up to throughout the conference!


University, done. Now what?

As seen on Girls Talk London (https://www.girlstalklondon.com/university-done-now-what/). Published 19th August 2014.

While you’re rigorously studying for a Shakespeare exam, life after university and the working world seem so far away that you need not worry about them. But suddenly before you have time to even consider the future – your life is thrust into your hands and you find yourself with a degree and your whole life ahead of you. ashgrad

I find myself in this exact position. Except, unlike many of my fellow graduates, I had resourcefully managed to tailor every part of my university student experience to what I wanted to do when I left. That’s my top tip for you university students, plan ahead. You may not know what exactly you want to do as a job, but you need to have an idea of the industry you want to enter – is it Finance, Media, Law or? For me, I was intent on a career in the Media. Whilst at university I ensured every activity and project I undertook outside my studies was purely Media related. I knew I needed extra-curricular activities that had a media thread running through them, because in the industry I wanted to flourish in, an English Literature degree just wasn’t going to make me stand out from the crowd.


It’s daunting, stepping out into this ‘world of work’ that old people speak of. I always imagined it as an ominous world filled with businessmen and women dressed in sharp suits from M&S and dapper shoes from Clarks. It seemed like a whole new universe of dreary routine and misery. But positivity is paramount in climbing the career ladder and it is with an open mind that I enter the next chapter of my profession.

There are so many paths available to you once the university portal closes. You can apply for a graduate trainee scheme, find a graduate job or continue with education. These are easier said than done, and all require a significant amount of time and effort. For many jobs and postgraduate courses you need to apply for these prior to graduating, this may add another level of stress to exam period but believe me it’s worth it. Some of my lucky friends had job offers before they even sat their first exam!


Contrary to popular belief the job market is dense, if you look in the right places and make yourself out to be the hottest candidate on the market. Sell yourself and don’t sell yourself short. Be proud of what you’ve accomplished at university! It’s made you who you are today, and three years of independence has allowed you to blossom into a young, employable person.

For me, I’ve chosen to commit to one more year in education. I’ve been itching to dive into this particular Masters course since I started my Bachelor degree. I’ve always known I’d want to become a Broadcast Journalist and the Postgraduate course I am starting in September I hope will fulfil that ambition. Continuing with education may not be for everyone, but my chosen course balances vocational, practical elements with theory and law – so I hope it will facilitate me to become an ethical, competent Asian, female journalist who is proud of her working class background.

I’m nervous and excited to start this new journey, but turning my back on university hasn’t been easy. I’ve often been guilty of looking back at photos from Fresher’s Week and of Googling the university name in an effort to reconnect with the place I loved so dearly for three years. Letting go is tough, and I feel some pressure to suddenly be a grown up. My life has spread it’s self out before me like a blank canvas and it’s time for me to pick up the paintbrush and start mapping out my journey.

Good luck to you all, and as Walt Disney once said – if you can dream it, you can do it.


Results Day

Didn’t get the results you were expecting?

Don’t be disheartened. Your time will come, and even if your results are dire, please remember that A-Level’s are not the only route to success.

Put the paper back in the envelope and face up to the reality of your results. There’s no denying relatives will want to know your grades immediately and don’t be afraid or ashamed to admit what you received.

Did you know academics weren’t Sir Alan Sugar forte, and that Eamonn Holmes didn’t go to university? Not to mention Jeremy Clarkson received C, U and U in his A-Levels.

The path to your dream career is hardly ever straight forward. Twists and turns are to be expected. Think of them as a challenge and something you need to overcome to get on the next rung of the ladder.

So if you didn’t get into university, consider the options ahead of you. Go through Clearing, speak to a member of the UCAS Helpline and perhaps look at Higher Education courses offered at Colleges ie. Diplomas and Apprenticeships.

Also don’t be put off by taking a year out, or going back to College to re-sit your A-Levels if university is where you want to go. Sometimes by taking a gap year and using the time off to do ample work experience, voluntary work or travelling can make all the difference when it comes to writing your personal statement next year.

Long story short, keep your head up and remember that exams aren’t a true measure of your talent or ambition.