This summer, I was actually in RTÉ, just not working on the show. I was working with the mobile journalism team learning how to film and edit stories on an iPhone. I really enjoyed that. I also went to Nigeria, where I was born, for a two-and-a-half week holiday.
My year on news2day has been amazing, even if there were ups and downs with trying to learn everyting so fast. It was so completely different to anything I had done before – I never imagined I would end up working in TV so quickly. I look back on the last year and think, Oh my God, I’ve got so many new skills that I never expected to have so early.
There have been a lot of emotional and really heartwarming stories, but for some reason the stand-out story that immediately comes to mind is the one I did about flossing. I practiced flossing for the entire weekend before we did that story – it still came out terrible – and I had friends come up to me afterwards saying ‘I can’t believe you flossed on national television!’
We also did a show about the dangers of bullying online and understanding social media. I know from having younger siblings just how much their perceptions of the world are shaped by social media – my younger sisiter would spend 24 hours a day on SnapChat if she could. For a lot of young people now, if someone doesn’t like their picture that they post that equates to their validation. It’s superimportant for me that young people know about social media and how it shapes the way you think, so I would love to revisit that.
We also did an interview with a girl called Joella who talked about experiencing racism in her hometown and how she would like to talk to the Taoiseach about it and then she got to talk to him, which was amazing. She got so much media attention and was able to talk to so many people that I think her story really helped, because it was a narrative that we really need in today’s Ireland.
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