I am sorry I haven't posted anything during this month but I was working everyday as part of a placement at PinkNews and I wanted to wait until the end before writing about it to give myself the chance to reflect on it an process all that this experience has taught me.
So, I started working at PinkNews at the beginning of May and I didn't really have any idea of what to expect. The team is small but everyone there has been absolutely amazing, helping me getting my head around the CMS and how to create the post for every article I wrote, advising me in choosing the right headline, picture and captions.
I have been given (almost) absolute freedom in finding my own stories and reporting them. I really felt I was part of the team rather than just an intern as everyday I got to pitch my ideas at the news conference the exact same way the other journalists would.
I got to write so much and I would have never expected to end the month with 49 published pieces. I also met Ian McKellen in the process, and Sadiq Khan retweeted one of my articles! :)
I was so happy, as several of my pieces did really well being the most clicked on the site and receiving more than 200.000 views.
I got to write about politics, foreign countries, crime, science and entertainment. I loved the fact that all my pieces had a strong human interest angle which is what makes me connect with the people I am writing about on a personal level.
I felt I was improving so much everyday and by the end of the placement I didn't wanna leave as I felt part of a wonderful team.
I don't think I could have found better people to help me and guide me in my first real work experience in the world of journalism and for this I am so thankful.
Thank you so much to Amanda, Ben, Robert, Benjamin, Josh, Nick and Mayer!