Journalism, Work Experience

Hi everyone,

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!

Elena

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Journalism, Magazine


I should have posted this sooner but university and work have been crazy lately and just now I found the time to actually breathe. I was also waiting for the stress to go away to be able to look back at this magazine without wanting to cry... maybe I should explain.

The most exciting but also challenging project this year was Clementine the film magazine for women me and other two students created. We developed everything from the brand concept and strategy to the final product for which we wrote features and designed the pages which ended up being 32.


It was a period made of a lot of stress, infinite hours spent in the library in front of a computer screen with InDesign opened and millions of coffees but looking back on it now that it has been handed in I am really proud of the effort me and my team put into it (for which we have also been nominated team of the year at the Journalism's Oscars, but that's another story).

This magazine is entirely for women who love the world of film and who feel excluded from it by the male domination that lies undisturbed below the industry where men are paid more, get more roles and especially rule the production side.

We wanted to do something about it so here's to you: Clementine film made equal.

For now this is it, maybe I should go back to study!

Big thanks to Torjus Roberg and Karan Ahluwalia.

Elena

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So, first of all sorry for the absence. Since the Christmas holidays reality struck back stronger than ever and uni work did not give me a second to breathe. So I though now that I am more 'free' (exams are coming up!) I could update this blog letting you know all that I have been doing these past months.

In January I got my first article published on the IPF a platform which allows young journalists to get their work published. Here's a link for you: http://the-ipf.com/2017/01/11/malta-gay-conversion-therapy/

This article also made me win the IPF contributor of the month award.

Thanks to the IPF team for this opportunity. Have a read if you'd like,

Elena


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After months spent thinking about changing my old "childish" blog I finally decided to take the big step so here I am. I though about starting with something about me, my name is Elena, I'm 20 years old and I come from Rome "the eternal city". Last year I decided to leave everything behind and make the big step: moving to London. This to study journalism at Kingston University and to challenge myself with a new adventure.

“I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.” (Tom Stoppard)

I will use this blog as a space where to post my journalism, the projects I make in and outside of university and all the things going on in my life.


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