A drink on Sky

“Welcome, have a drink on us” is the greeting tagline on the voucher you get handed by the receptionist along with your pass at Sky News.

This time I’m not here to drop CVs accidentally. I am a visitor, and such I’ll probably remain.

Sarah Whitehead, head of home news at Sky, kindly showed us around and let us dream for a little while how to turn the tags hanging from our necks from orange to blue; orange you’re leaving, blue you’re staying.

Sky News

During our guided tour and while Sarah was greeting us on the newsroom/studio mezzanine, I kept on thinking of the effort put in TV journalism as alike to the vital functions of the human body.

The audience is located on the feet, not because many times TV can cross the line and step on it, but due to the fact that the feet move the body and take it from place to place. The topics are formed and followed according to the audience’s preference.

Then, you have the kidneys that filter our daily intake and transform it into beneficial substance. In the newsroom, it’s the various desks. International, domestic, current affairs…. you name it. Scouting the wires, these editors decide on what’s vital for the viewers’ breakfast, lunch and dinner. No toxins for the body, no trash in the news.

Moving to the upper part of the body it’s the lungs. There are the execs along with the financial directors. Without cash no reporter moves, no bookings are made and no stories are reported. Fresh reporting air comes in a price. In pounds.

Having mentioned the reporters, I couldn’t place them elsewhere but the hands. They are the ones reaching for the story, even if the body -aka the audience- has to stand on its toes. ‘Extending’ on all parts of the world, they keep the balance of the moving corpse. They are the ones who lean on the wall and lift it up if it falls.

Finally, it’s the lips, the eyes and the brain. The head of our model is the presenter’s desk. Powdered to the nines, the gallery -the eyes-  conceals any dark spot of the surface, whispering the next line to the presenter’s ear.

But in the end, it’s the presenter that speaks the words, transmits the message, consolidates and informs.

photo: Vyara Pancheva

photo: Vyara Pancheva

At the moment of our visit, David Bowden was looking at the changing facts of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

During a commercial break we sneaked in the studio for a peek of the setting and the map.

 
After that, in an informal Q&A, Sarah clarified that it takes time, experience and guts to set foot on the door of Sky News. To get a ‘visa’ to the land of plenty you need a British passport. With that comes the accent and the audience’s sympathy.

As for me… I’ll probably return for the latte!

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PS: Visit Vyara’s blog, a Beetle fanatic that knows what she writes about!

100 Happy Days!

Can you really be happy for 100 Days? No! 

This was my answer to any photo-challenge invitation before. But, this time it is not a snapshot of your favourite shoes, your breakfast or your newly polished nails petting your cat.

Unless all the above make you truly happy!

It seems different this time, though… Challenging my emotions in a photo-challenge under a deeper yet broader spectrum is exactly what I am looking for!

My chosen medium is Instagram, so click on the Instagram icon on the sidebar connect and keep up with the challenge progresses and share my daily source of happiness!

At Reuters for the European Press Prize 2013

Today I crossed out another thing from my journo-bucket list: to enter a building with an external screen or crawl. This time, it was the Thomson Reuters headquarters to attend the European Press Prize award ceremony.

European Press Prize 2013

At approximately 11:30, along with my fellow course-mates we pushed the circular glass doors full of excitement and hope for the day. Forty minutes later, we enter the ceremony with our first glass of champagne in hand. It was past noon and we’re upcoming journalists. Do we need any other excuse?

European Press Prize

The ceremony was hosted by Justin Webb, one of the presenters of The Today Programme of BBC Radio 4. Also, Peter Preston and Sir Harold Evans delivered inspirational speeches, with the latter emphasising on the importance of freedom and of human rights maintenance as fundamental principles of quality journalism.

Click on the images below for the award winners…

After a short canapés and champagne session it was time for our questions to be answered.

Commands such as “start from the bottom and stay there for a while!”, “be aware of the risks”, “be persistent!”, “tell the truth!” pound in my head and will remain there for most of the following years… until Alzheimer’s hit me!