Whilst having a brain storm for future posts, the idea of this post came to me. If you want to be a journalist, surely you need to see someone in action?? I don’t mean that in an arrogant way, as you will be looking at my work. Being practical, learning on the go, learning about the job and what it means to be a journalist will always help. Once, long ago, a Holocaust survivor came to my town. This had to go in a paper somewhere, it was a great event and one that everyone would have liked to read about.
So, the day before, I packed, with all the essentials to go and be a reporter for the day…
That’s right: a Dictaphone, Notebook, Camera, and a Pen.
It was also a day for learning lessons; in terms of the Holocaust, as well as a journalist. I learned the hard way. This shows that being a journalist isn’t always about writing… a lot of it is about research too. If you are going to interview someone and you don’t know their ins and outs, or any background information I can assure you it won’t be a success.
However, a definite tip , always be prepared.
As we listened to the Holocaust survivor for two hours, I recorded Mr Bibring on my dictaphone, as well as transcribing everything he said. What if my dictaphone stopped recording and I had lost everything he said? It’s always good to have a back-up, which is why I began writing it down too. And I mean EVERYTHING. I had 13 pages of notes, which gave my index finger a lump, meaning I could not write for two days after! Also, before doing anything, always check grounds for photos. It saves stressing and worrying.
To conclude part one, so far…
One Survivor, H.Bibring