I spent a week on work experience at The Guardian working on The Observer which I got through sending off my CV, cover letter and portfolio. I sat in on various daily news meetings, pitched stories, transcribed and researched articles and worked closely with other journalists such as Mark Townsend and Patrick Greenfield. On the last day, I was sent out to central London to cover the Extinction Rebellion protests and speak to members of the public and protesters. I had two articles published with bylines, which you can view on my portfolio (www.clippings.me/chelseamendez)
I spent a very fulfilling two weeks on work experience here where my university taught skills were put to the test in the real world of newspaper journalism. I pitched 5 stories, sat in and contributed in news meetings, shadowed journalists, attended complex council meetings unsupervised and reported the events back accurately, voxpopped members of the public alone, carried out covert interviews for a two page investigative spread and had a few articles published fully credited to me and gained a lot of confidence and skills. The senior journalist I worked with gave me this reference: ‘Chelsea had a very productive two week placement. She attended a site visit to a housing estate in Hackney with a senior journalist where she shadowed an interview with the mayor of Hackney and engaged well with him, asking questions about the project and building a good rapport. Chelsea also attended an evening council meeting about a complicated topic and was able to report on the issues to a level exceeding that expected from a trainee reporter. Chelsea also pitched some of her own story ideas, one of which about a charity runner made it into print as a 350-word page lead story. Chelsea carried out research for an investigative story about dog passports that required a great deal of accuracy and the ability to gather quotes from a number of official bodies. The quality of her research and quote gathering were excellent and this work resulted in a double page spread story – not something we would usually expect from a student on work placement.' – Emma Youle, Archant
• I wrote articles on a weekly basis for Vivum Media platforms such as chef.co.uk and off-grid.co.uk, including perfecting SEO, sourcing pictures, tags etc. • Stepped in as video and picture editor, meme and banner creator for social media pages • I managed all social media platforms, replied to users comments, promoted and marketed posts online • Copywriter • Researcher for all articles and Vivum documentary ‘China’s Richest Billionaires’ broadcasted on BBC4 • I tracked down contact details and interviewed various people from all over the world • I sorted through CVs of other interns and interviewed them
After two years on the BA Multimedia Journalism course at Bournemouth University, I decided to stay at home for my final year and transfer to a Middlesex University. I left after second year to go on a placement with 67.25% showing I am on track to receive a first class or second class degree overall.
NCTJs in production, reporting, essential media law, politics and public affairs.
I received grade BBC A-Levels in English Literature, Sociology and History
I received 11 A*-B GCSE's here.