Lauren Hall – Mentee

Lauren Hall

Lauren HallI am absolutely delighted to be involved in the first year of the John Schofield Trust Mentoring Scheme. My mentor is Christian Fraser, the BBC’s Paris Correspondent. I am really benefiting from his advice and support and I hope it is helping me to become a better journalist.

I have been working in journalism for just over four years, starting in local radio before moving into regional television news. I am currently working as a reporter with ITV Anglia and have the opportunity to work on a wide range of news stories. I am able to get involved in every stage of producing a report, from coming up with story ideas to doing the editing and camera work.

I applied for the mentoring scheme because I felt I needed some guidance at this early stage of my career. I wanted to develop in quite a few different areas and work towards doing more original and investigative pieces of journalism. My mentor has offered invaluable advice and I feel I am improving all the time. He regularly provides detailed feedback on my work with useful observations on everything from my scripting to my interview technique.

I have also been keen to work on my live reporting, particularly when it comes to breaking news stories. My mentor has changed the way I approach live broadcasts; I now feel far more confident doing them and this has made a real difference to my work.

We have set some other aims and objectives for the rest of the year. I already feel I have gained a great deal from the mentoring scheme and I am looking forward to developing even further over the next few months.