Local Journalist Inspires Young Writers
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Pupils interested in helping to run the Girls’ Division student newspaper ‘The View’ or with an interest in journalism met with Saiqa Chaudhari, the Education Correspondent at The Bolton News, to pick up some great hints and tips.
Saiqa led an informal session, allowing the girls’ interests to steer the conversation so that she could give them the best possible advice. She advocated the idea of using technology to get their voices out into the world: Creating a blog, and supplementing their written words with videos and photos, are valuable ways to gain experience and stretch their skills.
She also talked to the pupils about how to access a career in journalism and what kinds of postgraduate courses are sought after by potential employers. This was great advice for the girls, many of whom are currently considering university applications.
There was also more general conversation about the types of things Saiqa has had to do in her career, from the highs to the lows. She talked about the difficult experience of interviewing a murder victim’s family on the night the murder took place, but also the fantastic opportunities she has had to talk to celebrities and sports stars and the thrill of breaking a story before anyone else. She was also able to tell them about the qualities a good journalist needs in order to succeed. The girls were really interested and used this opportunity to ask all of their questions about the world of journalism. One of the girls asked about writing for journals and industry magazines, and received some great tips about moving into this area. Saiqa suggested that, for those who are also interested in another career, pursuing that alternative and then writing articles for related magazines would be a great way to have the best of both worlds.
Saiqa was also able to look at the previous year’s newspaper: she was very impressed with the style and content, and was able to give the girls some great hints about how to potentially improve in the future.