Work placement at Somerset Live

(Originally published on the University of Portsmouth’s Journalism Medium page. Links to some of the stories I wrote during my placement are included below.)

I recently spent two weeks at Somerset Live, a news website that covers the county and is the online home of various print publications such as the Western Gazette.

I worked on a variety of weird and wonderful stories, such as a woman from Frome who made leather boots for Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron, a telephone box that might be turned into a mini-library and Val from The Great British Bake-Off walking across the Great Wall of China for charity.

More challenging tasks included interviewing an exercise rider who had just been airlifted to hosptial after falling from a horse on Colin Tizzard’s gallops. The brave woman assured me it was “just part of the job.” I’ll stick to journalism, a generally less dangerous industry!

I also spent time on the sports desk, covering Yeovil Town’s press day and pre-season matches. As a Glovers fan, it was a great experience, although I did find it difficult not to celebrate when they scored!

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The most valuable part of the placement was discovering how a real news room works and putting my skills into practice. It was also great to be able to find out the tricks used to engage their online audience.

Being able to gain feedback and advice from a clearly hugely talented news team was incredibly helpful, and the experience has made me even more motivated and eager to break into the journalism world.

Here are links to some of the stories I wrote that are available online:

News:

‘Yeovil Hospital asking for equipment to be returned after it spent £112,900 on new items in 2016’

‘Exercise rider at Colin Tizzard’s Venn Farm Racing says she’s fine after she was airlifted to hospital following fall’

‘Spot the phone box potentially worth hundreds of pounds hidden in Somerset hedge’

‘Glastonbury named ‘best value for money music festival’ in the UK at just 25p per act’

‘Yeovil cyclist to start mammoth 874-mile journey’

‘Farmfest 2017: Everything you need to know about this year’s festival in Bruton’

‘MP warns bank closure is ‘not good for our important market towns”

Sport:

‘Somerset star Anya Shrubsole describes how it felt to help England win the Women’s Cricket World Cup’

‘Former Derby County and Bristol Rovers winger reveals what persuaded him to join Yeovil Town’

‘Southampton youngster hopes successful loan spell will help him break into the first team at St Mary’s’

‘Ex-Tottenham Hotspur and Yeovil Town defender Steven Caulker in ‘fantastic place’ after mental illness battle’

‘Why this Yeovil Town fan is pessimistic about the Glovers’ chances this season’

‘Why new Yeovil Town signing Rhys Browne has his sights set on automatic promotion’

‘AFC Bournemouth ran out comfortable winners at Yeovil Town as Glovers’ pre-season ends in defeat’

‘Yeovil Town defender Daniel Alfei on why the Glovers have nothing to fear at Luton Town’

‘This Yeovil Town fan thinks promotion could be on the cards this season’

‘The Somerset clubs looking for success in this season’s FA Cup’

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