Emma Njagi writes to the Network about her time at ITV
Now well into the 2nd stage of my apprenticeship, I have truly gotten to experience first hand the fast paced and exciting nature of the media industry. For the first four months of my apprenticeship I worked with the Daytime Online team, producing online content for shows such as Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and This Morning. This gave me some incredible opportunities such as making galleries, listicles, quizzes and writing articles as well as experiencing a live studio set.
My role when in the studio included taking photos and short videos with the guests after their interviews as well as posting Instagram pictures and stories. After the show I would go up to the office to clip up the interviews and write articles with the online producer for that show.
I accompanied the team to Bristol to film a Christmas cooking series for the Lorraine show on the ITV Hub. This was my first experience on location and was a great chance for me to find out what life as a runner is like, getting extra props last minute and working hard to help the shoot run smoothly. Tasting the food was an extra bonus!!
In January I moved to the Entertainment Online team, working on The Voice UK. Some of my responsibilities included taking photos of the acts, coaches and guest performers, writing social media copy and articles for the website and a backstage Instagram story during the show. During the week I would attend filming in preparation for the live show weekend ahead. My proudest moment was having my name in the credits for the semi-finals episode.
I'm now working on Love Island where I'm part of the digital team, producing content for the website, editing pictures for the app and obtaining social media content for Aftersun. I'm flying out to Mallorca tomorrow for the final where I will be working directly with the team on location. This is definitely the biggest highlight from my time at ITV and I'm really looking forward to my week in the sun!
Working for ITV has been an intense and incredible experience, I've met some amazing people and achieved things I didn't know were possible at this point in my career. Although the apprenticeship could lead directly to a career in the media, I have decided to go to university, as a degree may open doors for me in the future. Working abroad, in places like the USA, often requires a degree and this is a goal of mine for the future. I have chosen to go to a London university so that I can continue working at ITV alongside studying for my degree.