With butterflies flying through my stomach and a bag of nerves in my throat I was quite surprised on how quick it all disappeared once I stepped into the Channel 4 Building.
With a warm welcome from 4 Coordinator Lauren we was escorted downstairs where the meet and greet between us all was buzzing with excitement.
The day started with a warm welcome from the five strong hip 4TalentYAP panel. Giving us an insight to the day and their personal career I was bewildered by what could come of out of one session. After we were split into our chosen groups and taken to our designated areas we began our Music Journalism Workshop with an incredible introduction from the prodigious Freelance Music Journalist Lucille Howe.
With a colourful and charming aura we were also introduced to Baz our second mentor, a sleek multi-arts talented Creative Director who's work profile oozed coolness.
Flying through introductions and musical chatter, our group was split into two. The first sitting was on review writing where we were given seventy five words to analyse a track from the choice of three genres that we were least familiar with.
The second huddle included becoming a part of creative development team. We were asked to come up with treatments for a new music programmes which would contrast the format of everything that is out right now.
After a busy morning listening to what we had all written and come up with, mid-afternoon lunch prepared us for the swap and final part of the workshop.
There are so many avenues that my fellow journalists were working on all at the same time which bought us too our "Present A Link" task.
Lucille gave us all a track from The Top 20 Charts which we then had to write a obvious line or two to introduce the artist of our given link. Baz then gave a quick run-down of prop usage including tips for the camera. Then we were off! I'm not a lover for the lens but just to be around friends who for them presenting was everything made me really proud of my "bouncy" effort!
All three sessions heightened my creativity, production and cemented my basic skills in Journalism. Skills like a good journalist should be able to adapt their writing stlye to whatever a publication requires. As well as that I realised and now understand why it is important as a Journalist to be aware and familiar with Music as a business. We all work in sync which is why our eyes should be wide open not to just our niche, but to it all.
My experience has already left me feeling like a winner. I met some amazing new friends and inspiring figures in the industry who just by doing what they love everyday made me realise I will be a Music Journalist forever!
To everyone at Channel 4- Thank you very much!