Zainab Bo­ladale

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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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