It’s been a little while since I posted; it’s even longer since I posted a ‘photo diary’ about what I’ve been up to recently. (That was August 27th.) Anyway, this is what I’ve been up to since I last posted anything concrete.
I finally received my NCTJ certificate! It may not be the best-after all, I managed to fail the 100wpm exam several times, so it’s not ‘gold standard’ as I hoped. But I’ll be going back to shorthand, so I may one day upgrade this certificate, once I’ve dealt with an all-consuming story that I’ve been working on.
I was also lucky enough to interview Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of The Guardian, for the The Journalist; I also attended one of his recent book events at The Groucho (listen here.) This was also the place where I met my mentor for the first time, several years ago.
At the end of August I was lucky enough to attend Byline Festival; I’d recommend it to anyone. While I was there I was lucky enough to meet Nick Davies, along with my classmate, Gemma. (All of us are in the photo; the copyright belongs to her.)
I had interviewed Nick via the phone when undertaking work experience as part of my NCTJ qualification; he was also one reporter who influenced my decision to train as a journalist. (Because his work is bloody brilliant, frankly! His work is available on his website.) I’ll also never forget the response I got; “what are you working on, Lydia?” “Well, two days ago I interviewed your former boss!” (Well, words to that affect.)
These are just a few photos from the festival:
I also read A Spark Of Light, due for release on the 30t this month; it’s a fearless read by Jodi Picoult, dealing with topic of abortion. (There’ll be a review for the day of its release, but due to the controversial topic, I have turned off the comments.)
Apart from this, I finally started writing for Byline; this has allowed me to start a project that I care about, which you can read about here. Even if you don’t want to donate, any social media coverage would be much appreciated.