Verbal Young Journalist tells of life at The Guardian

Verbal Young Journalist, Katie Duddy, spent an exciting few days at The Guardian Newspaper in London recently, working in the special investigations department. Here she tells us of her experiences

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I was recently lucky enough to get the chance to go to London and experience working at one of the worlds most established newspapers – The Guardian.

Its combined print and online editions reach nearly nine million readers, so there was no pressure!

Before I stepped foot in the office I was already overwhelmed with the very professional atmosphere and fast-paced environment. When I gave my name at the reception everyone was so attentive and professional I actually felt like I was on a film set.

After being introduced it became even more surreal as I had taken my first glimpse of the actual work place. There was a colossal number of work stations, the constant sound of typing on keyboards created an thunderous noise, conjuring up an image of gears turning, running the powerful machine which was The Guardian.

I was stationed at the ‘Investigations Section’ and was lucky enough to be involved with their most recent project ‘FGM’ - Female Genital Mutilation - which is currently taking place in parts of Africa. It was incredible, while truth be told also quite traumatic, finding out about the project. I later got to speak to a young girl from Africa that they had over helping with the investigation, which was also very surreal. By the end of the first day I already had a contact list of exciting and inspiring journalists who gave me a lot of great tips on how to achieve my ‘journalistic dreams’.

After mentioning I was interested in media and film I was taken upstairs to the media suite and I was bowled over by the equipment and size of the space. I was then given the chance to help out in the editing suite for a video they had planned to release to raise awareness on FGM. I could then say I was personally part of a multimedia worldwide campaign!

At the end of my work experience I remember looking around from my workstation, after spending my days doing research and working on this massive story, and realising that, this – this very job - is what I wanted to do with my life after I finish school. I left the Guardian feeling proud and extremely inspired.

I am very grateful to the lovely people at The Guardian for the amazing opportunity and especially Mary Carson who organized my visit and helped me decipher what I want to aim for after education


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