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On the initiative of Mgr Barry Wymes and in anticipation of Blessed Mother Teresa's canonisation in September, I have been commissioned to undertake research into her influence upon people in Surrey and visits to the county in the 70s. The aims of the project are: • To raise awareness of the local impact that Mother Teresa had • To prepare materials allowing the words she spoke be repeated for people 41 years later • To support the Year of Mercy through Mother Teresa's focus on the corporal and spiritual acts of mercy I have carried out numerous interviews and uncovered video footage, photos, press clippings, and letters to compile a rich set of research material. I have then formatted this to make a small pamphlet for distribution to the Surrey parishes in September and created a website. I am currently producing a documentary.
Duties included: assist with customer queries, answer the phone, put through customer orders using the online system Phoenix, put out stock, and work the till.
• Usher audience members in and out of venues providing good customer service. • Escort writers between the event venue and the Waterstones tent for book signing, and provide refreshments. • Take the roving microphones to audience members during Q & A sessions.
While at the Guardian Books desk my work consisted predominantly in editing the reviews sent in by children as part of our online children reviewers’ community. I was on hand during podcast recordings with the children's author Kate Saunders and poet Paul Muldoon. I also wrote quizzes and features for the children and adults sites. These included a ‘baddies in books’ blog about Steerpike and a quiz to mark the 50th anniversary of T. S. Eliot’s death. My experience with the Books editor was eye-opening: she showed me graphs corresponding to the number of hits individual articles received, and explained to me the processes of SEO (search engine optimization). I enjoyed learning more about the ways The Guardian - in particular their arts sections - use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to promote their articles and competitions. During this time I attended the daily morning conference where, as well as a round-up of the planned content, all manner of media issues were discussed. These included the consequences of Alan Rusbridger's stepping down, how best to report stories related to mental illness, and how best to cover the attacks on Charlie Hebdo. My placement with The Guardian made me better aware of the latest trends within social media and the new ways in which the arts are trying to connect with audiences.
I assisted on the production of Great Poets in Their Own Words which was broadcast in the summer 2014 on BBC4. My responsibilities included fact-checking information in the programs script using reliable sources, transcribing interviews from the BBC's archive, and sourcing high resolution photographs and their copyright holders. Other duties included answering the phone, running errands on shoot, and tracking down specific editions of poetry collections – which involved a scouring of many London library catalogues. This experience impressed on me the importance of good fact-checking.
BA (hon) English Literature, First Class