Andy Ward

Trainee Production Journalist at ITV News Anglia.

Aylsham High School
3 As, 2 Bs and 5 Cs.

Paston 2007-2009
P.E A-Level - Grade A
Law A-Level - Grade A
English Literature A-Level - Grade B 
English Language AS Level - Grade C 

University of Lincoln 2009-2012
BA (Hons) Journalism First Class Honours Degree.

Who do you work for, and what projects have you been involved in?
I work for ITV News Anglia in Norwich. Most days I work on helping to produce our main programme which goes out at 6pm. Last month, I was offered a position as a Trainee Production Journalist which means I will continue in my current role in Norwich, but will also attend regular workshops and training schemes in other ITV newsrooms up and down the country in order to further develop my skills.

What is a ‘typical day at work like?
The nature of my job means that every day is different. Somedays I may be in charge of our website, writing updates and articles on the latest news and sport, whilst other days I will be helping reporters with their individual stories by chasing interviewees and helping to edit their packages.

What did you study at Paston? How did that course help you progress upon your career path?
I studied P.E, English Language, English Literature and Law at Paston. Law was very important for me because journalists need to be aware of legal issues which could potentially land both them and their company in trouble, such as copyright and contempt of court. Both English courses allowed me to develop my writing, and as for P.E, sport is my major passion and is what I enjoy writing and talking about the most.

What are the important skills you have had to develop and hone to be successful in your job?
To do my job well, I’ve had hone a lot of skills. I need to be creative in order to make stories interesting to the viewers, and I need to be persistent when things don’t work out as I’d like them to. Finally, I have to work well as part of a team and always offer my help to others - you never know when they might return the favour!

Did you ever envisage doing this while you were at Paston?
I never envisaged doing the job I’m doing now whilst at Paston, and I’m very lucky to be given this opportunity at such a young age. However, I worked hard at Paston and at University in the hope that I would gain the qualifications and skills needed to do this job one day, and it’s great that I’m in this position at the age of 23. Despite this, I know that I need to keep the same attitude to progress even further in the future!

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
To get a job in Journalism is very difficult, particularly for someone who has just graduated, because you are up against people who have been in the industry for years. I knew it was what I wanted to do, so I decided to make employers realise how much I wanted it by offering to work for free initially. I was also selected to work at Radio Norfolk as part of the sports team in a scheme called ‘Kick Off’ which was brilliant. That then allowed me to gain more experience before I went to work for ITV News Anglia as a freelance journalist at first, before I was offered a position as a Trainee Production Journalist earlier this year.

"I know that I need to keep the same positive, hard working attitude that I had at Paston and University to progress even further in the future! "