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