Chris Sykes, BBC Newcastle – How Will Buckley Started My Radio Career

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Chris Sykes, now Broadcast Assistant with BBC Newcastle, found his way into the radio station via work experience.  Here’s why he impressed the BBC, and why they wanted to keep him around:

(Here’s Tim John’s original post on tips for how to make the most of, and not screw up, your work experience placement.)

“Well the speculation in the papers this morning link Sunderland with the Brighton pair of Liam Bridcutt and….erm…who’s the other player?”

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Chris Sykes, Broadcast Assistant at BBC Newcastle & SportsBeat Reporter

It’s about 6:15pm on Monday January 6th, 2014; the first day of my work experience placement with the Total Sport team at BBC Newcastle.

 

I’m sat in the broom cupboard-sized phone-in booth, alongside Vicki, the show’s producer.  There’s four computer screens crammed on to one work bench, which barely has room for two people.

As any football fan knows, January means the mid-season transfer window is open.  That makes it the perfect time to go on work experience with a sportsdesk, particularly one that covers two high profile, well-supported clubs in Newcastle and Sunderland.

In January, rumours are always swirling around about which clubs might sign whom and inevitably on a daily football phone-in, those rumours, truthful or not, will be discussed.

The show’s presenter, Simon Pryde, is talking about just that; speculation in the local papers that Sunderland are after two Brighton players.  One problem, only Liam Bridcutt’s name springs to his mind.

Straightaway, I press the red switch on the talkback mic into the studio and excitedly shout “Will Buckley” into Prydey’s headphones.

“Will Buckley, of course,” he exclaims.  And the show carries on as normal.

Now I must confess, the title of this post is slightly misleading.  That one small incident didn’t really get me my first job in radio.  Knowing Will Buckley’s name isn’t something listed on the BBC Careers Hub competencies for a broadcast assistant’s job.

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Your Work Experience Experience: Gemma Hirst, ITV Tyne Tees – Day 3

13120751_10154782571584746_1905606792_oRemember Gemma Hirst?  Writer & Culture Editor for young writing start-up Kettle Mag, and final year on the University of Sunderland’s Journalism BA.

Last Friday, Gemma finished her three-day work experience with ITV Tyne Tees.

Here at 99% Perspiration, we want to make sure that you make the most out of your work experience placement, so we’ve asked a few key bloggers to document their “work experience experience”, and share it with us; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

From her third day with ITV Tyne Tees, Gemma learned some important lessons – when stories fall through, and you don’t quite manage to get what you hoped for, what do you do?  And how much can you prepare for every eventuality?

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Your Work Experience Experience: Gemma Hirst, ITV Tyne Tees – Day 2

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Before day 2 at ITV, Gemma sent this photo & said “it’s an orange blazer day today” 

Here at 99% Perspiration, we want to make sure that you make the most out of your work experience placement, so we’ve asked a few key bloggers to document their “work experience experience”, and share it with us; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Emerging journalist & writer Gemma Hirst is currently Culture Editor with Kettle Mag & final year Journalism BA student, but yesterday she shared her day 2 vlog post with us – about her work experience with ITV Tyne Tees.

Gemma shares her experience of video production, under the wing of Tom Sheldrick; what was it like shadowing a new skill at ITV?

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Your Work Experience Experience: Gemma Hirst, ITV Tyne Tees

12711148_10154548050454746_2161477098461425046_oHello, Creatives!  In their 2015 survey, the UK Creative Media Workforce Survey revealed that 77 per cent had done unpaid work experience – which is a staggeringly high number.

Here at 99% Perspiration, we want to make sure that you make the most out of your work experience placement, so we’ve asked a few key bloggers to document their “work experience experience”, and share it with us; the good, the bad, and the ugly.

(Also, see Tim John’s article on tips for how to make the most of, and not screw up, your work experience placement.)

This coming Wednesday, Gemma begins her three-day work experience with ITV Tyne Tees.  Not only will Gemma be shadowing members of their news team; writers, bulletin readers, editors…  She’ll be getting hands-on experience, helping film & edit ITV’s journalistic content.

Currently the Culture Editor for young writing start-up Kettle Mag, amongst writing for many online publications, Gemma is in her final year at the University of Sunderland’s Journalism BA.

Vlog one; Gemma explains how she snagged work experience with ITV’s journalism team, explains her passion for journalism, and enthuses about what lies ahead at ITV.

To find out more about Gemma Hirst, you can check out her blog, and check back with 99% for Gemma’s next vlogs.

Want to share your work experience opportunities with us?  We’re keen to share your stories; get in touch via our Twitter, @99Podcast.

nyf-gold-award-jay-sykes-circle-crop1And, as always,
Stay productive, stay awesome!

Jay Sykes
Executive Producer, 99% Perspiration

Introduction of a Journalism Student

– Words by Sophie Dishman

Sophie DishmanHello Creatives, I thought I would introduce myself as an official 99% Perspiration blogger.  There’s only a few for now, but alas I’m here and ready to share news and events from the creative industries, as well as some opinion posts and reviews here and there!
So, I’m Sophie Dishman. I’m 21-years-old and a mature student at the University of Sunderland. No really…  I’m classed as a “mature student” at the grand age of 21.  I don’t feel old…

Besides that, I’ve recently embarked on the journey of becoming a journalist.  I haven’t always wanted to be a journalist, but I’ve always loved writing.  It sounds cliché but it’s true.  I wouldn’t say I’m entirely creative but I’m learning, and I’m only a first year student right?

The Musings of a Journalism StudentWho am I outside of being a boffin at university?  Well, I’m also a blogger, with my own blog called “The Musings of a Journalism Student”.  I blog about being being a journalism student first and foremost, as the name suggests.  But I’ve got other interests and passions – from politics and culture, to fashion and beauty.  And I YouTube from time to time too.  Because YouTubing is a verb now.  You can check out my channel here.

Sophie DishmanI present and produce Northern Lights’ podcast, that airs on a Monday (cheeky plug there, go check it out) on the community radio station Spark FM.  I’m also Culture Coordinator for Northern Lights, an online magazine dedicated to covering culture in the North East.  Being Culture Coordinator sees me go to lots of different creative events in Sunderland, the North East, and the surrounding area.

All of this takes place in the Media Hub – it’s is a friendly, open place on the top floor of the David Puttnam Media Centre on St Peters’ Campus, where many journalism and media students go to have a giggle or two.  Actually, no, we work all the time.  Promise.

Media HUB

So that’s me.  An introduction to me, the person behind the words.  Enough of blowing my own trumpet, I’m here to blog for 99% Perspiration.  This year, I’ll be bringing you updates from all kinds of events and creative happenings in the North East, as well as writing about issues which affect creative people.

Stay productive, stay awesome!

– Words by Sophie Dishman –

London-Bound – Ep. 23 of 99% Perspiration

Hello, Creatives!

Click here to download Alicia Myers' episode of 99% Perspiration

Click here to download Alicia Myers’ episode of 99% Perspiration

Both our guests on this week’s episode studied creative degrees at university, before pursuing creative careers with media companies based in London.

Alicia Myers is currently the Insight Executive for BBC Worldwide.  Alicia’s role involves leading a research team in a creative way; turning figures and facts into stories, to help BBC Worldwide sell their programmes worldwide.

But when we chatted a few weeks ago, she was about to enter her final week in the same role at Time Inc. UK, the magazine publisher behind InStyle, NME, Wallpaper, What’s On TV, and a handful of other well-loved magazines.

Alicia shares with us how she finds creativity, how to develop a thick skin, and why PR and research roles can be ideal if you love storytelling.

Click here to download Ganesh Rao on 99% Perspiration

Click here to download Ganesh Rao on 99% Perspiration

Ganesh Rao is an Output Producer with Sky News, having recently joined their team in early October.  With a solid passion in hard news journalism, Ganesh moved from Suddan, India to study journalism in the UK, and didn’t stop until he found a place in the industry.

On Episode 23 – London Bound, You can hear from Ganesh about how industry experience helped him on the way, and what made the young graduate stand out at the interview with Sky News.

And until next time,

Stay productive, stay awesome!

Radio 101 – Ep. 21 of 99% Perspiration

Hello, Creatives!

Jam-packed episode for you this week.

On the 7th October, the Student Radio Association held training days around the country, inviting various radio professionals to give talks about their work, share their stories, and offer advice to tomorrow’s radio professionals.

And that’s exactly what 99% Perspiration is all about!  We’re were lucky enough to be invited to the North East & Yorkshire training day.  So if you’re interested in heading into radio/audio work – whether it’s presenting, producing, journalism, or voice over – then listen on.  This is the podcast for you.

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This Week’s Guests:

Steve and Karen, Breakfast Presenters on Metro Radio.

Click here to listen to Steve & Karen on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Steve & Karen on 99% Perspiration

Doug Morris, Managing Editor at BBC Newcastle.

Click here to listen to Doug Morris on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Doug Morris on 99% Perspiration

Anna Harding, Regional News Editor for Global Radio.

Click here to listen to Anna Harding on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Anna Harding on 99% Perspiration

Tom Campbell, Drive presenter of Heart Radio.

Click here to listen to Tom Campbell on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Tom Campbell on 99% Perspiration

Emma Snook, producer/presenter at Amazing Radio.

Click here to listen to Emma Snook on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Emma Snook on 99% Perspiration

Kyle Wilkinson, the voice of BBC Radio 1.

Click here to listen to Kyle Wilkinson on BBC Radio 1

Click here to listen to Kyle Wilkinson on 99% Perspiration

This week, a huge thank-you is in order to Steph Finnegan & Rute Correia, who recorded interviews.  This episode of 99% Perspiration would not have been possible without them.

And until next time,

Stay productive, stay awesome!