Steve Humphrey – Reporter – BBC TV South Today.
All good journalists need to be tenacious and enthusiastic and Alexandra certainly displayed those characteristics during her time at BBC South. She is a good negotiator and communicator and can juggle competing demands on her time. Over the past 25 years I have taken a considerable number of interns/students on filming assignments. Alexandra is amongst the best I have ever worked with. I have no doubt she will go far.
Ed Sherry – Producer / Senior Broadcast Journalist – BBC South Today.
Alexandra recently completed a two week work placement at BBC South Today. As we are a busy newsroom putting out a half hour regional TV bulletin every evening it can sometimes be hard for people on a placement to make an impact but Alex had no such problems. Alex worked with our long term planner on a number of stories over the fortnight, and on other days worked with me in the newsroom towards on the day stories.
Alexandra fitted well into the team and worked hard, she stayed late to get work done and wasn’t afraid to step out of her comfort zone. Under direction Alex set up multiple guests and arranged the filming of several stories that made it to air on South Today. Alex was also adept at researching background information and statistics that were used in reporters’ scripts and for studio graphics sequences.
On her final day our satellite truck broke down so I asked Alex to stand in for a reporter, she set up guests and then went out with a cameraman to do the interviews, voxes and filming. Her work was of excellent quality and pulled together by a journalist at base with Alex’s help into a pkg for that evening’s bulletin.
Alexandra also worked on forward planning and research. Thanks to her work we have our A Level results day filming already arranged with some unusual and compelling stories from students who will be getting their results. It should make a strong on the day news story, rather than turning up at a school, voxing students and hoping for the best.
Alex also began working on two exclusive stories. One about female genital mutilation in certain communities in the south, and one about same-sex adoption. With Alex’s contacts we hope to get both stories to air.
Speaking to Alexandra during her placement it is clear that she is passionate about journalism, telling people’s stories and that she thrives in the newsroom environment.
Module Leader, University South Wales, Craig Hooper.
“Alex is a fantastic and dedicated TV journalist. Over the last three years she has proved she can report, film, edit and present stories as wide ranging as a complicated court case to a heart-warming ‘and finally…’.”