As an intern at CBC’s London Bureau, I’d begin the morning by going through newspapers, and sending news highlights to the international CBC reporters. I’d also include a rundown of CTV and Global National newscasts from the night before to know what the competition’s nightly newscast looks like.

 

Frequently, I got to join crews in the field around London. On my second day, I joined a crew when they covered Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first public appearance in 2018 and I was shown the ins and outs of how a story is made. On occasion, I shotlisted and transcribed interviews after reporters came back from the field. During the last part of my internship, I was supposed to work on my own story but I didn’t receive guidance on this, which I wish I had received.

 

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CBC London is a challenging place to work and you’ll get out of it what you put into it. You act as a researcher/associate producer assisting the journalists in any way you can.

The challenge is that you’ll be parachuted into a massive city with stories on the go; you must quickly identify what a story is for the bureau and how to chase it. You won’t receive much training and you’re expected to hit the ground running. That’s the nature of a small bureau.

That’s not to say the bureau chief will chase you. If you do nothing, they don’t have time to hound you. Keep in mind it’s an unpaid position, so you’re paying to be here.

You have the opportunity to be published, but finding a story that fits and can be done in six weeks is tough. Start right away. Think ahead. Chase along the lines of a “news-feature” piece.

You will, however, work alongside some of the most talented people you’ll ever meet. You’ll learn lots, work very interesting stories and experience one of the most storied countries in the world. If you can afford it, it’s worth it.

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