World of Work Talk

Once again the Year 7 and 8 boarders were treated to a highly interesting and stimulating talk, given by Edwina Thomas, who is a producer for the BBC news service. She entertained the pupils with a 10 minute film which showed the kind of work she produces as part of the BBC team. The film featured an end of year news report which summed up the political events of 2010. She told of the difficulties she experienced in getting a job in the political world and highlighted the determination and perseverance required to succeed in this highly competitive business. She described herself as a ‘fixer’, as someone who dealt with the serious end of news, of the importance of fact and impartiality. Ms Thomas also explained the long hours, the stressful nature of the job, the excitement, ‘voxbopping’, ‘information bubbles’, high speed taxi rides with cameras and satellite dishes, of the dangers of getting hit by an over zealous camera man and even of abuse from the general public at highly charged political events. The pupils were given the opportunity to identify slides of important political landmarks and of important politicians and were not found to be wanting. Year 7 and 8 were very engaged by this fascinating insight into the life of a ‘fixer’ and they all asked very pertinent and relevant questions.


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