|The 32 magazines which have my features published in - so far!|
I have always wanted to work as a journalist; the communicating with people, the office environment, the initial ideas and researching, seeing your final articles in print in front of your very eyes (the greatest feeling for me!) - everything about it I love. When I was little I drew my own newspaper (and then got VERY upset when I realised I had done the pages back to front) and always chose to write articles in English assignments when I had the choice.
When it came to leaving school, the local college offered a range of open days for courses; the journalism day was the only one I was really interested in, and as soon as I got on the National Diploma course in Journalism I knew this is what I wanted to do with my life. I enjoyed every aspect - news writing, page design and layout, PR and, of course, magazine production. Even though I knew that this would be a difficult industry to get into, I didn't want to give up and I really couldn't picture myself doing anything else. I was also a really shy person and this is what I thought would hold me back, but I was so determined to get over this and become a better, happier person for it too. And you know what... I did!
I really came into my own during the final year of my degree; I volunteered to be Editor of the Grimsby Institute's student newspaper, Pulse, and offered to help with press for local television programmes, even those outside of the course, as well as had work experience for the local daily newspaper and BBC Blast. It all completely paid off in early 2010 when I was picked, out of literally hundreds, for a job interview for the position of trainee sub-editor for the Daily Mail! I hadn't even finished my course let alone graduated, so you can imagine my excitement. Unfortunately I did not get the job, but the fact I was one of the final people considered for this position is something I still hold proudly to to this day and will continue to do so for a long, long time!
Now (as I may have mentioned a few times...) I work at a regional publishing house as a Features Writer and have done for the past 15 months, and I couldn't be happier! I was lucky enough to have got the job less than a month after finishing my degree and have now had features published in, at the time of writing this, 32 magazines - totaling well over 100 articles! The magazines include Lincolnshire in Focus, Commerce and Industry, Food and Drink Network UK, The Essential Business Guide to the Hull and Humber Region, The North East Lincolnshire County Guide and, my favourite annual publication, The Perfect Wedding.
My main role here is to write features; researching new ideas and the subject in hand (definitely a must when I'm writing about food processing solutions and many other technical features!), to write informative articles to suit the particular audience - and each magazine has its own market - and to proof read the magazine before it goes to print. I also began signing up to press office newsletters as it is always helpful when looking for new information and content (and I like to be in the know!) and using twitter to promote our features and to network; I have spoken to so many great people through doing this.
Lately, I have taken on a *bit* more responsibility; I now collate the parts of the publications which are supplied and speak to PR managers about press releases and events, etc. - it takes up a lot of my time and I do not get to write as many features as I would like BUT I am so grateful to have gotten a step into this industry and work incredibly hard to make sure the work I produce is as best as can be. I research my features thoroughly, try and find new angles for articles and really want the magazines to be a success in this increasingly demanding industry.
At the minute, we're hearing all about students who are starting university again, getting very excited about Freshers, and it's making me reminisce about my time at East Coast Media and GIFHE and how far I've come; I'm very happy with aspects of my life at the minute and I feel happier than I've ever been. Don't get me wrong, there are times that I get frustrated and I don't agree with certain parts of the job, but I really am so grateful for this opportunity and I do not take it for granted. This is what I have always wanted to do and all I want to do in the future is to continue to grow and become more successful - so watch this space!