How did you get where you are today?
I started working in television 10 years ago as a production assistant on various documentaries for Sky, Channel 4 and Five. As a keen camerawoman, I began shooting and producing short films for the Discovery Channel and National Geographic. I joined ITN in 2000 and worked on C4’s daily political programme, Powerhouse, as a producer and camerawoman. In 2003 I started at C4 News and for the past two years I’ve worked as a producer/director on the sister programme, More4 News.
What are your main tasks?
Depends whether I’m reporting an on-the-day package or working up an investigative report for the More4 film unit. Either way, the day starts with a 10am editorial meeting when the team generates ideas. Daily tasks range from keeping up with current news and finding original stories to shooting the reports, script writing and directing the edit.
What are the most important things to know in your job?
You need to have a good understanding of all parts of production and be multiskilled. You have to know how to spot a good story and be able to shoot well.
What is the key to success in your specialism?
Being creative. It’s also important to get exclusive stories and to gain unique access to people and places. What do you like most about your job? I like that every day is different and also the unpredictability of not knowing what story I’ll be working on or where I’ll end up. I get to meet and work with interesting people and often find myself in places I’d never otherwise be, such as a Romanian prison interviewing human traffickers or on a police raid at six o’clock in the morning.