Ten months as a trainee reporter
February 4, 2013, 9:10 pm
Filed under: Journalism

I can’t believe it has been more than a year since I finished my NCTJ and went straight into work experience at the Kentish Gazette, then three other papers before landing a job in Reading.

My first ten months on the Bracknell Forest Standard have been fast-paced, challenging and I have learnt loads – here are some stories I have written lately.

This story I found through my work Facebook account. I saw a post from a concerned mum and arranged to do a story about sex toys in Boots, which then got syndicated to the Mail Online. They used my article pretty much word for word and didn’t give me a byline, but I will take it as a compliment.

Another story found through Facebook – I have an account Becky Barnes Bracknell Standard so people know they can contact me, or who I am if I contact them.

Rescue dog reunited with owner – After the Dawn the raven escaped during a Metallica video shoot story arose from following up a simple tweet, I have always followed up tweets and this story was a follow up from a series of tweets about a missing dog.

This story is about hoax calls and includes a spotty bottom as a reason to call an ambulance.

Tributes to popular hot air balloon pilot who took his own life – after an inquest I did a bit of research and managed to get a tribute and pictures from friends, which always adds colour and humanity rather than just detailing the circumstances of someone’s death.

Tomorrow I am interviewing Paloma Faith for the Reading Post and this week I have written a lead for the Reading Post, which I have also sent to the Daily Mirror, as we are all the same company.

Will post it when it is up on Get Reading, and hopefully the Mirror Online!



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