Work Experiences

I would advise any budding sports journalist to give the placement a try

Find out about the work experience placements from the people who have done them.

Sri Hari – BBC Sport (Online)

Based: Sunderland 

Age: 21

Current work: Working part time behind a bar.

Study: Currnently studying MA in Sports Journalism

Ambition: Sports Journalist

"Dreams don't always come true, but when they do, sometimes reality doesn't live up to your expectations. As a MA Sports Journalism student at the University of Sunderland, I was delighted when I was offered a three week placement at BBC Sport (Online). As a 21-year-old, whose dream was to make it as a sports journalist, there couldn’t have been a better place to learn the tricks of the trade. And not only my dream of working at the BBC come true, my time there exceeded even my wildest imaginations.

"After a couple of days of training to show me how the Content Production System works, I was writing news reports, helping out with the media monitoring of various events including the final of the Uefa Europa League, Roland Garros, Canadian Grand Prix and the test match between England and New Zealand. Not only was I given something to do on every single day of my placement, I also got to interact with some of the sharpest minds in the industry, who were all approachable and made me feel at home. I learnt that there was a multitude of roles played by a journalist, aside from merely writing articles.

"My biggest takeaway from the placement was the media monitoring skills which I developed during my time at Salford. Every day at the BBC gave me fresh insight into the various facets of the website and how the content is produced.

"I would like to thank the BBC for the wonderful opportunity and would advise any budding sports journalist to give the placement a try, because the insight and experience of working with some of the best journalists in the UK isn't something that happens every single day."

Alex Watson – BBC Radio Jersey / BBC Channel Islands News

I’d absolutely recommend a BBC Work Experience placement in the English Regions - it was such an eye-opener!

Based: Jersey and Portsmouth

Age: 19 

Study: Television and Broadcasting at the University of Portsmouth 

Placement: Jersey, Channel Islands 

Ambition: To be a Broadcast Assistant or Producer

 "My BBC Work Experience placement gave me such a great insight into the newsgathering process across both Radio and TV – up until my first day at the BBC, my prior experience had mainly been focusing on the production side of broadcasting. The initial placement was set out so I was able to spend time in both the newsroom, and the studios, getting involved with all aspects of the BBC’s work in Jersey.

"As everyone who comes on work experience is different, they will have their own preferences, so some prefer to take a step back and shadow the journalists and production staff at work, whilst some (like me) wanted to get stuck right in as much as possible. It was clear that the BBC kept this in mind from the minute arrived on my first day.

"On that day, when I arrived, I sat in on the end of Radio Jersey’s breakfast show – ‘Good Morning Jersey’ and the morning meeting, where everyone discussed their plans for the day. I then met with one of the Senior Broadcast Journalists, who gave me the tour of the buildings and then discussed what I wanted to get out of what I thought was just five days at the BBC, over a cup of tea (which I didn’t even have to make myself!)

"One thing in particular that was said stuck with me for the rest of my time at the BBC and beyond: “While you’re with us, you’ve got to think of yourself as exactly the same as everyone else in the building – a valued member of BBC staff” – when it’s your first day on work experience in an organisation as prestigious as the BBC, anxious about making a good impression and not getting in everyone’s way, that really means a lot.

"The rest of the week was pretty much non-stop, active with the news team.  Another highlight was getting to sit in the gallery and watch the BBC Channel Islands News go out live. Hearing the immortal words “Regions Go!” as the titles roll is always such a buzz.

"I was really fortunate as during my time there, everyone was very busy planning the coverage of the Jersey 2015 NatWest Island Games – and I was able to return as a newsroom runner after my initial week-long placement, to help ensure the newsroom could continue to function with so many journalists off covering the various sporting events.

"Whether you’re interested in Radio, TV, News or Production – I’d absolutely recommend a BBC Work Experience placement in the English Regions - it was such an eye-opener!"