By Camille Douglas
June 15, 2016
As an aspiring journalist, I am more interested in the exploration of different kinds of news outlets and analyzing the journalism aspects of the media. So when the time came to tour BBC Scotland, I couldn’t help but be just a little bit more than excited. It has always been a dream of mine to work for a large media company.
As it turns out, touring BBC Scotland was one of my favorite things that we have done on this trip. It’s at the top, right next to visiting Warner Brothers studio.
The building itself was designed to embody the creativity and upon first stepping into the works space, one can immediately get a sense of the innovation and sophistication of the work that is produced within BBC.
I was captivated by all of the different media dimensions of BBC. The network is responsible for not only reporting live the news, but for also creating dramatic television series, producing radio shows, creating educational children’s shows, etc. There were so many components to the company I had no idea were produced there. I was completely overwhelmed at the innovation and compelled by the network’s strive to be different from all of its other competing companies. With whoever we met during our tour, no matter what department they worked for, it’s clear that everyone at BBC Scotland takes pride in their work and are determined to create an impact on society with the work they create.
Our guide, Ian, gave me the best piece of advice I had ever received and that was you can’t make your dreams come true its entirety unless you have the complete passion and persistence to make it happen. You have to love what you do because without the passion, there is no drive.
This trip reassured me that pursuing a career in journalism is perfect for me. I love the media and like BBC, I hope the stories that I create or help to create will hopefully leave some sort of influence. While touring, I kept thinking to myself as we went from studio to studio that is exactly what I want to do. I want to be a part of the process of telling someone’s story and have an audience that will listen to it. Leaving BBC, I am excited to head back to school and begin the fall semester, working hard to make the career dreams I have for myself a reality.