Remember when I said I was going to try and write more? Well that went down the drain pretty quick. Unfortunately that means that this one is going to be pretty long.

In some ways I can’t believe that I’ve already been in London for nearly four months, but on the other hand, when I think of how much I’ve learned, it feels like it could be a lot longer. Things started off a little slow, but once we picked up speed it felt like we went at a breakneck pace for the rest of term.

In particular, our TV Broadcast News module was one of the most intense, eye-opening experiences of my life. What an insane few weeks we had! Our team went from zero knowledge on running a news bulletin or making a TV news package, to slowly learning the basics, to running a live TV broadcast in a matter of weeks.

I tried so many things – reporter, editor, managing editor, and even presenter – before I ended up finding my own niche as sub editor. It’s definitely where I managed to feel both most stressed and most comfortable. I’m so proud of our whole group for coming together and powering through some of the most stressful weeks of our lives.

I have to give all the credit to Dr. David Dunkley-Gyimah who took on the seemingly possible task of teaching our group of misfits how to work as a team and find our roles within it. Not to mention the practical techniques like how to work a camera or an autocue!

I’m excited for my next term, where I’ll be taking Documentary Skills and Emerging Journalism. I really think that the techniques I’ll learn in those two areas will be incredibly useful for years to come.

I’m definitely not very comfortable with video cameras at this point, and I don’t love being on screen, but I’m so grateful to have this experience under my belt. I’ve also learned a lot about radio, and in my spare time I’ve been really sharpening up my video editing and design skills. I know I’m going to come out of this Masters program as a much more well-rounded… person with journalism skills.

Ok, as a bit of a departure from school-related news, I went to Sweden for the first time! Finally!

I wasn’t able to get home for Christmas, but my mother’s good friends Anne-Marie and Anders were just a short flight away and they very generously invited me into their home and family for the holidays. Visiting Stockholm has been a dream of mine for a long time and I was so lucky to do it with such wonderful people.

I’ve also just booked a trip to Amsterdam for a few days, am looking at heading off to some other destinations, and then my amazing friend Nickie will be visiting me for a week. All before I head back to school for next term! It’s going to be a good few weeks.

To add to something that I mentioned in my last post, I’ve continued working on my… “wrestling design portfolio”. The air quotes are there because that sounds ridiculous, but that’s genuinely what it is. At the moment I have 6 designs being sold, with a few others in the works. It’s been such a cool thing to be involved in and I’m so happy that these guys actually think of me when they have an idea. Working on these designs is such a fulfilling thing that’s also INCREDIBLY fun. So, please visit my design page to have a look! (UPDATE: I now have a page specifically for Realfighting Designs!)

Ok, I think that’s enough for today. I may come back in a couple of weeks to organize some thoughts, but I also may forget entirely. Who’s to say?

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