I was wondering what to say for my final blog entry and it seems appropriate to list a few of the things I have learnt over the last couple of years - who knows, they might even be useful!
There is no such thing as a quick transcript. A reporter who sends a sound file over with the promise it will take you no more then one minute is a liar! There are two danger signs when accepting transcription requests. The first is the person being utterly unable to look you in the eye while claiming it'll take no more then half-an-hour, tops. You should probably write off the rest of the day when that happens. The second is Kris Green. I know he left Digital Spy months ago but you should remain ever vigilant. If you ever receive a transcription request from Kris Green, run away and run fast - these things spread across multiple files, multiple pages and multiple days.
Coffee is the lifeblood of media. You may arrive fresh-faced and springy-stepped at 9am on your first day, claiming to only drink herbal tea, but after approximately three weeks you'll most likely be unable to function without a ready supply of coffee grounds and hot water. Those of you who follow my Twitter account and this blog will know I occasionally try to give up caffeine and subsequently enter a world of pain and misery which always ends with a trip to the kettle. On the plus side this means that you can usually offset bad news or irritating requests by explaining them while handing over a lovely caffeinated beverage. If asking Chris to film something outside in the cold and the rain it's best to just give him the whole cafetiere and a straw.
The postroom contains Robbie, Rob and Derek who have been nothing less than invaluable. I don't believe there's anything I've asked them that hasn't received an insanely helpful answer. The postroom also contains a stereo set to 'GaGa' and boxes and boxes of sweets <3
Promotional gimcrackery and miscellaneous *stuff* will begin to collect on your desk within a week. You could try changing desks but it will always find you. I have spent the better part of this week trying to clear out my desk - you can see a sample of the things I found in the picture below!
From left to right it's:
- a notebook with Animal Crossing stickers crudely attached by me
- pink legwarmers from Pineapple Dance Studios
- blue ribbon; a snowman
- an emoticon-on-a-stick for when I can't be bothered to put my displeasure into words
- promotional Peppa Pig, possibly from the time of the swine flu epidemic
- lipstick definitely not in my shade
- I think this is a plastic version of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter
- a plastic lei bequeathed to me by a previous lovely colleague
- a box full of painkillers, wet wipes and suncream
Angela Lansbury and Betty White
A week without a picture of Angela Lansbury in Starsnaps or without a Betty White news article is an immediate cause for concern. Drop everything you are doing and Google them to check all is well.
The printer is a needy plastic child that eats toner and cries paper.
So there you go. All that remains is to say thank you to my Digital Spy colleagues for the opportunities, the coffee, the pub quiz wins (OH WAIT...) and thank you to you guys for reading :)