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First Steps Into Journalism


olivia scottA Level student, Olivia Scott, made the most of her February half term by gaining some valuable work experience. Keen on pursuing a career in journalism, Olivia spent a week working with Nottingham based cultural magazine Leftlion.

Olivia, who is studying A Levels in History, English Literature and English Language, said:
“I have been interested in journalism as a career for a few years now, so it was great to be able to get a real taste of the industry.”

Leftlion magazine focuses on the cultural aspect of Nottinghamshire. Olivia was given a number of assignments during the week, but her stand out achievement was an interview with a stone sculptor that she had published in full.

Olivia explains:
“I was given a brief to interview Andrew Smith, a professional stone sculptor who works in Nottingham. I went out to his studio with a photographer and talked to him about his career, influences and the impact that his artwork has on the area. I was able to record the interview and then work on transcribing it at the office. I was really pleased to see the article published in the April edition; it‘s satisfying to see your efforts pay off.”

After completing her A Levels this summer, Olivia is hoping to gain an apprenticeship in Journalism, rather than going onto university.

“The typical route is to go to university, but I would rather combine learning with gaining actual industry experience. I have applied for the BBC Digital Journalism apprenticeship and I am always looking for future work experience to add to my CV.”

You can read Olivia’s article here.

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