The end of my internship with Al Jazeera English has come. Interning at Al Jazeera was an enormous honour and privilege. Meeting, learning from and just being around amazing experienced journalists was incredibly humbling. I have so much to learn from them.
I spent most my time helping the 101 East programme team. The team were so supportive, highly professional and everyone was just so lovely.
Over the last month I learnt just how hard the presenters, producers, researchers, cameramen, video editors etc. work. I knew producing films were difficult, but they are tougher than I imagined. I have the utmost respect for everyone on the team.
Before I spent time at Al Jazeera, I thought that if journalists payed their dues and worked their way up to be an on-screen presenter, then they would have the luxury of a team helping them produce a film. I had it all wrong. Presenters/ producers work incredibly hard. They pitch their own stories, produce the film sometimes with the help of an assistant producer, then write the script and direct the video editor in the edit suite. They are there every step of the way.
It’s not as luxurious a job as people make it out to be. Additionally, in the television industry it’s very easy for egos to get in the way, but not at Al Jazeera, it’s all about the story and journalism here.
This opportunity gave me great exposure to the journalism industry. Observing how rewarding the job is has made me even more determined to pursue my dream to produce a film one day.
Here are a few photos of when I followed the team on a shoot in KL for Aela Callan’s up coming film on Myanmar. Look out for it. I’ve been watching it in edit for the last week and it is looking amazing!
My internship may be over for now but I know I’ll be seeing everyone at Al Jazeera again.Now it’s time for Hong Kong! In a few days, I will be flying to Hong Kong where I hope to be learning from journalists who are living and working there.
Thanks for reading and stay in touch!
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