June 06, 2008
As part of the Sky Young Journalists Awards 2008 five young journalists from Sky News describe different aspects of their career so far.
If you want to be a journalist, you can say goodbye to thoughts of a 9 to 5 life! I work for Sky News Radio, and am on overnight shifts this week, which means starting work at 9pm and finishing at around 6am.
There are some upsides to this though - now it's summer, you get the best of the day (if you're not asleep), and climbing into bed as everyone else is getting up is pretty satisfying!
On this shift I'm on my own for a large part of it. I do hourly network bulletins. I also write scripts, edit audio, and prepare and check all the following day's material, which is sent to our 80 plus client stations.
It's been a fairly busy week. Tuesday night saw the moving story of the US elections, where Barack Obama secured his position as the Democratic presidential nominee.
These are the best nights, because they go fast. Wednesday kept me on my toes because of some technical problems.
This meant I was on the phone to the engineers, trying to get them to fix the problem, which they did. It's now the early hours of Friday morning - the weekend starts at 6am! So I'll be off to bed for a long lie-in.