World of Journalism


Well hello there.I guess I should tell myself off for leaving you guys in the dark about what I have been up to. However you may have pity on me if I tell you that I have been travelling for 3 hours each day for the past week and have another four days of that to look forward to. In fact, I am currently typing this whilst on the London Underground after finally managing to get a seat. 

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Now, I can go on ranting about travelling but that is just boring so let me instead tell you about my work experience placement at Sky News. Located in Osterley which is on the other side of London for me, the sprawling HQ is probably larger than my university building. . It is where most products and services of Sky are made. TV, radio, website, apps, marketing and so on.

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A simple glance of the buildings and sites being developed inform you of one thing: television is on the rise, newspapers are sinking. Unfortunately, that is the sad reality and so we (aspiring journalists) must adapt to change. Most people want small tidbits of information as they do not have the time to read or even watch for a long amount of time. Working in the Digital side under the apps section showed me this. The focus was on creating short, interesting and engaging content. As one person said: ‘Once your viewers start looking at how long they have left to watch, then you’ve lost them.’  

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There was one moment when I felt a bit jealous though. Looking at their stats, their iPad app which is a paid service, receives double the amount of views in one day than my blog has received in its entire life. The reason of course being, a lot more work goes into the app with stories being updated constantly throughout the day. So digital news is on the rise and there is no denying it, even if you are not a fan.  

Did you know that Sky News is on the Snapchat app? Take a look at it on the stories section and towards the end of the week, a quiz will appear that has been created by yours truly. It is an interesting and fun way to get younger audiences reading the news, and quite fun to make too!

Another thing that I experienced was how a news show gets recorded. Of course you have the live news which is being constantly done but other topical news shows are also made. There is very little drama when it comes to making one. Unlike a film, they don’t spend hours doing re-takes as the studio is only available for a short time. So with smooth precision, the camera rolls and off they go, chattering away.  

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At Millbank studios

Now I have emerged into the sunlight and so begins a day at work. 

Until Next Time

A Worried Student

Run The Competition!


Okay folks! The 3000 followers mark has been hit so thank you to all you lovely people!

I have been quite busy over the past few days with work experience, so this post should have come a bit sooner but more on that later.

For now, it’s open season at the 3000 followers competition so please check my previous competition post to enter! I noticed that few people have actually entered since that post went up although it has received quite a few likes and views. I guess this is because many of you are not in the UK but if you are and have yet to enter, then please do!
Click this link to take you straight there: http://wp.me/p4t68Q-pg

Competition closes in FIVE days.

Until Next Time

A Worried Student

3000 Followers Competition Time!


A Worried Student is fast approaching 3000 followers! Unless of course after seeing this post, no one else decides to click on follow. In which case this post would have been very ill-advised. 

So let us remain optimistic for now otherwise I will not be able to tell you the details of the 3000 followers competition. I thought I may as well celebrate this momentous event in style by giving back to the awesome people who read my blog.

Up for grabs: An A3 piece of Spray Paint Art on 300gsm Glossy Cardwpid-wp-1428410733266.jpeg

For examples of what the prize could look like then please visit: https://aworriedstudent.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/an-interview-with-the-artist-inside-me/

If you would like to win this prize then here is what you have to do:

  1. Share a link of this blog on your social media
  2. Comment below describing which platform you have shared it on. (You do not have to disclose your profile or any such info.)
  3. Wait to see if you have won!
Winner (or winners) will be chosen at random from the list of people who enter the competition. Winners will be chosen as soon as the blog hits 3000 followers. Thereafter, I will contact them privately to arrange delivery of their prize. Unfortunately, this competition is only open to UK bloggers as the cost of postage to other countries is too high. Sorry about that. If you live in another country but would like to gift the prize to friend in the UK then that can be arranged!

Until Next Time 

A Worried Student

The Writer’s Thoughts


His earlobe felt cool as he pressed it against his earcanal and sighed. It was a dreary wintery afternoon in what should have been a pleasant day in the middle of April. Bloody global warming. He wasn’t complaining too much though as he sat at his desk, playing with his earlobe once again. The moody weather was actually perfect motivation to write because he knew that if the sun was out, then he would not have been sitting at his desk. He gazed longingly at his art work but the dark clouds and lack of indoor working space put paid to that desire. The dreary weather matched the nature of his thoughts, which had led to the earlobe playing.

What if it didn’t work? He knew that the topic he was writing about was hugely political and controversial. That was why he had refused to be drawn into it despite his strong opinions and instead addressed it from a human perspective. So much pain and suffering. Surely any human could realise it and want it to end. No matter their political, religious or racial ties. Common factors which united humans together: love, pain, grief and the desire to live a peaceful happy life. They were all present in what he had written, yet he hesitated. In front of him in deep blue ink was the human face that he had painted onto the conflict in order to remind both sides that there were more important things than their squabbles. What if it didn’t work?

What if humans were incapable of seeing reason? Did that mean they could no longer be united? It seemed as though their thirst for violence and destruction was unquenchable. Justice was being overrun by greed. Decency was being destroyed by pride. Love was being martyred by wealth. The bonds which had held humankind together were breaking.

“We need an alien invasion to bring us together,” he muttered drily.

“Maybe I am an alien.”

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Politicians’ Auditions


Watching the politicians’ debate on ITV today, you get the sense that you are back in school electing a new student council representative. Every question they are asked, they attempt to use it for their own agenda. It is silly, childish and quite frankly, annoying. The question was just asked about how can young people be made to feel optimistic about the future yet they all just started talking about the same points they began with. How are students meant to feel optimistic when they are saddled with £27,000 debt at university? Not to mention the £46 Billion pounds of interest that needs to be paid on our national debt. (A clear reason why interest based systems are bad) How great is the actual debt?

Those are my short and concise thoughts on the debate.

Now I am off to watch The Social Network (thank you WordPress people!)

Oh and here are the new designs I worked on today with my spray paint art. I like the beach ones but the other did not turn out too well! The weather was lovely today though, didn’t have to chase after my works blowing in the wind even once!

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Until Next Time

A Worried Student

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Spice Up Your Walls


If you would like to order your own piece of art for just £10 (Free postage in the UK), then leave a comment below or contact me at aworriedstudentsblog@gmail.com

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You can order your own design as well as specify which colours you would like.

Funny story: My friend informs me that his ‘rep’ has now increased at his local hospital after he asked me to make a piece of art for a nurse who was retiring. So yes, they make a great present especially with personalised messages written on them.

Until Next Time

A Worried Student