A Video Jour­nal­ist

Amy Irons, 24, works as a Video Jour­nal­ist for STV.

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I’ve known since I was young that I wanted to work in TV news. My brother, Lewis, and I used to film our own news pro­gramme on our home video cam­era called ‘ Irons Lookaround’. My in­ter­est be­came more se­ri­ous when I did work ex­pe­ri­ence, at aged 15, at my lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion West­sound.

I got the job with STV less than a year af­ter grad­u­at­ing from univer­sity. I re­mem­ber where I was when I got the call to of­fer me the job, I was at the Emi­rates Arena see­ing the Com­mon­wealth Games uni­form be­ing un­veiled. I don’t think I have ever been so ex­cited!

I get up around 8am, I live so close to the of­fice I can see it from my win­dow. I used to com­mute an hour-and-a-half to work so liv­ing this close is a dream. Be­fore I leave I ap­ply a full face of make-up and grab some break­fast whilst lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio, then head out the door.

I’m usu­ally in the of­fice for around 9am. My job in­volves sourc­ing and edit­ing sto­ries for STV News at Six and the STV Glas­gow News. So ev­ery­thing from the idea to the fi­nal piece you see on screen, I’ve been trained to do it, which in­cludes film­ing my own pieces to cam­era.

I love meet­ing new peo­ple, as cliché as that sounds. I’m a real chat­ter­box by na­ture so talk­ing to peo­ple and then be­ing able to tell their story is great for me. I also love that no day is the same, one day I can be at the top of the Fin­nieston crane with Royal Marines, or I can be wres­tled to the ground by 20 chil­dren while dressed in a sumo suit! I also love the team at STV, I felt very daunted com­ing into such a re­spected news­room but every­body makes such an ef­fort to help and just get to know you.

I don’t have a set time to stop for lunch, it just depends on the day. Some­times I take a break with a few col­leagues, other days I just have to grab some­thing when I can be­tween jobs. I usu­ally have soup and a sand­wich from the café down­stairs. Some­times I go all out and get lunch from M&S when I re­ally feel like spoil­ing my­self. The af­ter­noons can be more stress­ful. Quite of­ten you are rac­ing to meet a dead­line, try­ing to get ev­ery­thing edited on time. I would take new vis­i­tors to Scot­land to... The Wal­lace Mon­u­ment in Stirling fin­ish­ing at my favourite café for ice-cream. Where did you grow up? Stirling and Dum­fries. Big­gest mis­con­cep­tion about Scot­land is... That every­body wears kilts.

No day is the same. Some morn­ings I set up in­ter­views and make phone calls. Other days I can go straight out on a story. That’s the beauty of news; ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent.

I once had both a wardrobe mal­func­tion and a kitchen dis­as­ter live on air. It was my first time pre­sent­ing The River­side Show and 30 sec­onds be­fore we went live I stood up and my leather skirt ripped down the back! The sound tech­ni­cian ran in and duct taped it 10 sec­onds be­fore my cue. Dur­ing the same show I was handed an elec­tric whisk, but in­stead of turn­ing it on I pressed eject and the beat­ers came fly­ing out across the room to­wards the cam­era!

The hard­est part of my job is deal­ing with real hu­man tragedies. Some­times you have to knock on the door of peo­ple who have been be­reaved, it makes you feel sick but, un­for­tu­nately, it’s part of the job.

I usu­ally get home be­tween 6pm and 7pm, it doesn’t take me long to walk home. I tend to go to the gym af­ter work, as it def­i­nitely helps me re­lax and on Thurs­days I play foot­ball, which can have me limp­ing into the of­fice on a Fri­day!

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