Six months in as a trainee reporter

Monday will mark six months since I started as a trainee reporter on the Bracknell Forest Standard and I still love it. This week has been a particularly good week..the week before was hard as I had ten days off and felt massively behind when I got back. But this week things are back on track, and even though the nights are darker and colder, everything is very positive.

This week I joined the Reading Post’s 60 second news rota which means now and then I will be writing and reading out the lunchtime headlines online. Here’s what my first attempt looked like (well it took four takes actually!)

Also, we had some pretty good news for Bracknell this week. Regeneration of the town centre has been a hot topic for way longer than my six months and on Wednesday top cinema chain Cineworld signed on the dotted line and agreed a 25-year lease as part of a shopping complex in the town. That story can be found here.

My favourite human interest story this week has to be one about a community cafe facing an 1,000% rent increase, and being given two weeks notice. I popped down to Pinewood Cafe for the morning on Monday and chatted with Pauline and Andy about how they will have to close if they are forced to pay this. They are lovely, welcoming people and make a superb cup of tea. Read about it here.

After I’d spent some time at Pinewood, I whizzed over to Waitrose, Bracknell, where they have an amazing and innovative new energy system, where the whole store is powered just by burning locally sourced woodchips. I had a tour and met some very clever people who designed it all. The video I took while I was there will be on getbracknell next week.

I do love getting out and about and also for this week’s paper went to the opening of Victim Support a week ago to see Princess Anne open their new Bracknell office. She is incredibly down-to-earth and made time to speak to every person there. Here’s a video I filmed while I was there. All I can say is, thank goodness for editing as my voice always sounds silly when I interview people.

Something today reminded me how as a reporter you should follow every lead no matter how small…a simple car crash turned out to be a pregnant bride-to-be and her fiance on the way to their wedding today. Thankfully through the wonder of Twitter I know they are OK and I hope we can get a photo of them getting married tomorrow, in next week’s paper.

In other news, my role as news editor for ThisFestivalFeeling.com is winding down a bit and I will be moving to a staff writer position next festival season. Instead, I am taking on the role of music editor for our sister site kettlemag.com. I am looking forward to plenty of gig and album reviews and trying to think of creative things to write about.

Oh and one more thing I spotted this AMAZING opportunity for any student wanting to break into magazine journalism. You can basically get printed in LOADED magazine while you study!

Have a lovely weekend, I am working so hopefully something interesting will happen. 🙂