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Work Placement At The Independent

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Now that I’m finished with University for 2012, I thought I’d upload the complete video diary of my time on work placement at The Independent, in London, back in November. Hopefully it provides a little insight into what it’s like working at a national newspaper. It was a fantastic opportunity and thoroughly enjoyable, it’s a really good part of the journalism courses here at Sunderland that you actually gain hands on experience.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBDZ7oDsp7w[/youtube]

 

A Weekend In Malaga

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The weekend before last the lads and I decided to splash some of our ‘Progression Bursary’ (given for successfully completing 2nd year) on a trip to Spain. Malaga was our choice of destination!

We flew out from Newcastle International Airport in the early hours of Saturday morning and started proceedings with a ‘liquid breakfast’ consisting of a couple of jugs of lager between us before we’d even boarded the plane…

When we arrived in Malaga there was chaos as our American friend Kyle (who’s studying abroad at Sunderland) had managed to leave his iPhone on the plane! Luckily, Kyle is fluent in Spanish and managed to get security to let him back through and he was eventually reunited with his phone.

After checking in at our hotel, which was ideally situated in the city centre, we had some lunch before moving on into the city for more beer. Malaga were playing away at Granada that day and so as we couldn’t attend their game, we decided to cheer them on with the locals in a nearby Irish bar!

Before long we were the life and soul of the party and the bar-man was dishing out free shots to us all! We then moved on to another small bar which upon our arrival was occupied by a few locals and some teenagers in a corner singing songs acoustically with their guitar. Within ten minutes we had the young Spaniards playing Oasis classics and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers too! It was carnage! But brilliant fun nonetheless! Paul even borrowed their guitar for a few songs but I think it’s fair to say Ed Sheeran has nothing to worry about just yet!

Eventually we found a nice pizza place to line our stomachs before going back to the hotel and changing for the night time festivities! We ended up in a club named ‘London Club’ and after a few too many that was where my night ended, as I got in a taxi and headed home with Kyle who was also feeling a little off colour!

The others partied on until the very small hours though and there were some pretty tasty hangovers on Sunday morning! But undeterred we headed off to La Rosaleda, home of Malaga CF hoping to go on a stadium tour but unfortunately it was closed! It still looked pretty impressive from the outside though!

Needless to say we ended up in our favourite Irish bar again all afternoon, followed by our favourite Italian restaurant from the previous evening. Later that night we found ourselves in a bar full of Anderlecht supporters who were in Malaga ahead of their side’s Champions League clash the next week and we struck up an unlikely friendship! What followed was a night full of football chants and in the end a few of them exchanged email addresses with some of our lads in the hope of meeting up in Belgium or England in the future!

Early the next morning we were awoken by the horns of our taxis for the airport having overslept! It was a mad rush and resulted in Nick accidentally leaving behind his beloved straightners but we got down in time, in the end! We headed home to the North East having had a hilarious and eventful whistle-stop tour of Malaga!

What a way to spend your bursary!

 

 

 

 

Student Profile:

  • Name: Jamie Baker
  • Age: 21
  • Studying: Sports Journalism BA (Hons)
  • Hometown: Crewe
  • Ambitions: To become a major sports journalist, travelling the world and reporting on all the major events.

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