DESPITE a nationwide lockdown restricting what we can do with our time, the Welsh Government’s lifting of the 5-mile travel restriction across Wales has restored a form of normality, to the joy of many residents.

This lockdown has arguably given many of us time to reflect and appreciate the small, everyday aspects of life.  For me, staying at home all these months reminded me just how much I enjoy being busy, and working for that matter.

Being a student that wants to work as a broadcast journalist upon completing my studies at Nottingham Trent University, I was over the moon when Alan Evans, the editor of Llanelli Online kindly offered me a placement.  With media outlets being predominantly based around Cardiff, the opportunity to work near home during the coronavirus pandemic was a huge relief.

Many people stereotype work experience as an opportunity for the trainee to make the tea whilst the grown ups do all the actual work.  Let me tell you, this is not one of those placements. What an interesting first week of work experience it has been!

Me (Lewis) typing away at a computer at Llanelli Online’s office.

It has been a very hands on week, with Alan teaching me all the nuts and bolts of running a hyperlocal news website.  If you ever have the opportunity of visiting Llanelli Online’s newsroom located in Mynydd y Garreg, you’d very likely be impressed by the modern state of the art equipment the news site and similar operations operate on.

With us now living in a digital age, the importance of technology in journalism has never been greater.  As a result of this I’ve been fortunate to learn and enhance my knowledge and understanding of radio equipment for interviewing, podcasting and broadcasting.  Alongside running Llanelli Online and Wales News Online, Alan’s portfolio includes Llanelli Talk Radio all of which are intertwined.

This placement thus far has seen us restructure a studio, produce and record podcasts as well as make content for this website.  For someone who loves keeping busy, this placement has brightened my days following a rather gloomy few months.  If you live in Llanelli or Carmarthenshire and hope to become a journalist or broadcaster, I’m sure Alan would love to hear from you too!

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