Describe your average day.
My role as a broadcast assistant at BBC South East Today is pretty demanding and varied.
One day I can be acting as a live gallery PA in the gallery, assisting the director in ensuring our programme is kept to time. Another day I can be on the planning desk, planning stories and sourcing and interviewing contributors for our main news programme. Another day I can be managing our social media accounts and producing bespoke content for our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages.
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you while working on a story?
Nothing strange as of yet – but I am sure something strange is bound to happen!
What are your favourite stories you have worked on?
When I was completing work experience at BBC Scotland, I was given the opportunity to work on a story about FGM which I absolutely loved.
It was called The Investigation: Cutting Love.
I chased up FOI requests, helped to film the promo for the documentary and assisted in interviewing various contributors.
I also had to transcribe a lot of sensitive interviews. What I found particularly interesting was learning about the different interview methods the producers would use when interviewing contributors.
It was really important for the team to make sure the contributors always felt at ease and felt like they could really open up to the team given that they were talking about such a sensitive subject matter.
It was interesting to see how producers would phrase certain questions and approach certain subject matters whilst making sure to remain professional but also sympathetic.
What work are your particularly proud of?
Still my final year MA project on Domestic Violence against women in Brighton.
I spent a lot of time making FOI requests to see if domestic violence related incidents had been on the rise in Brighton and Hove.
An important part was trying to find various contributors to talk about their experiences with physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
I also arranged interviews with lawyers and Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, to talk about what Brighton and the UK were doing to combat domestic violence.
I have to admit that the most interesting part of my project was when I interviewed the head of a charity that helps perpetrators of domestic violence.
For me it was always really important not only to speak to the survivors but also to the perpetrators to get an entirely different perspective on the issue of domestic violence.
The whole interview with Vivienne Benson, founder of Five Mountains a charity counselling perpetrators of domestic violence, was really eye opening because she told me that 83 per cent of her clients had encountered sexual abuse from either a family or non-family member at some point in their lives.
What is your happiest memory at Brighton Journalist Works?
Probably all the fun Media Law lessons with Pete. He is an incredibly engaging teacher and very funny. I just remember really looking forward to those lessons.
What skills did you learn at BJW that you still use today?
News reporting. Getting rid of all the flowery bits and sticking to the bare bones of a story.
What advice would you give to aspiring Journalists.
Do as much work experience as you possibly can. I really cannot stress that enough.
There is so much competition out there that an MA in Journalism or an NCTJ qualification definitely will not be enough to land you your dream job. Trust me, I had to learn the hard way!
Yasmine passed her NCTJ qualifications at Brighton Journalist Works in partnership with University of Sussex as part of its Journalism MA.