My work experience at the BBC

If there’s one thing that has kept me incredibly alive and happy here in Cambridge that was working for a short time at BBC Look East. This is something I will always be grateful for to this place.

Here in the Uk the best way to get access to the television industry is through these work experiences, kind of  voluntary, unpaid placements (for this reason brief).

Let’s say the truth, in Naples the bachelor’s and master’s degree earned through blood, sweat, and tears, along with my work experience as a journalist and press officer at no time would have let me gain to get somewhere even close to the BBC.

That can give an idea of : 1)  my surprise when I knew I had got hired 😂 [reading the word “HIRED” gives you such a good feeling]


2)  the “advanced civilization”,  I would say,  and meritocracy that make England and its economy so strong … and their absence that makes our poor Italy, on the contrary,  so messed up.

Such a pretty place, isn’t it? * _ *  I am showing you the venue and the entrance to the newsroom. Below you can see my happiness captured in a selfie in the bathroom 😁 (I tried to pull myself together in front of my colleagues … for most of the time at least)

Gi happy BBC

I admit it, it’s been a long time since I’ve felt so happy ! And these are my desk and one side of the newsroom I shot at the end of the day after the Evening News.

My schedule allowed me:  to join the morning editorial meetings, the production meetings, the debriefings straight after the evening News with technicians, producers and journalists;  and to follow journalist and cameraman out filming,  to shadow them in the editing room alongside with technicians and graphic designers. Moreover, I was allowed to watch broadcasts from the gallery and to work on a story searching interviewees. A blast! Besides, given my little bit of luck, I also had a chance to film and find a story…So my pictures have run on the Evening News and online. 😎 (Top stuff! they said! 😁 ) [It was about a police chase – of a stolen car we found out the next day. – The car crashed into a construction site after being stopped by a police stinger.  🚔🚘🎥 I was lucky enough to found myself in the taxi of a witness of the story, a very nice and chatty indian guy who I asked to take me to the place. There, I asked some information to the policemen and made my footage with the Iphone and tripod I always bring with me.]

A happy experience with happy , competent and professional people. I also had the incredible fortune of having hit one of the best weeks of recent times.  In addition to being the week of the triggering of Article 50 by Theresa May and of the days immediately after the terrorist attack in London , that one was also the week of warm and beautiful weather, almost like the Italian kind.


Author: Una napoletana a Cambridge

Gilda Kiwa. Napoletana emigrata in Uk. Ama filmare e scrivere; la musica, la fotografia e l’arte in generale. Giornalista, addetta stampa, filmmaker. Ha conseguito la laurea in Scienze della Comunicazione all’Università Suor Orsola Benincasa di Napoli per poi guadagnare un Master in Film and Tv Production all’Anglia Ruskin University di Cambridge. Le sue vie di fuga e sopravvivenza sono le sue passioni e non ama prendersi troppo sul serio. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Gilda Kiwa. Neapolitan, emigrated to the UK. She loves filming and writing, the music, photography and art in general. Journalist, press officer, filmmaker. She graduated in Communication Science at the University Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples before earning a Master in Film and Tv Production at the Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. Her escape and survival routes are her passions and she does not like to take herself too seriously.

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