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BBC Blast: Diary of Norfolk reporter Sophie Little

Sophie Little
Sophie Little gives us a weekly lowdown on what she's been up to

Friday, 17 September 2010

So - this is it!

I leave you with an article about an awesome singer-songwriter called Kirstenana called Kirstenana from Norfolk - who has recently starred in and provided music for the score of a new film, Come On Eileen.

The regional BBC Blast reporters from around the country met up in London last Friday to mark the end of our placements. It was great to see everyone again, and to find out what they got up to over the summer.

The range of incredible achievements is testament to how fantastic the BBC Blast scheme is.

We had a talk from Colin Murray, who was inspiring and funny. Hearing about the career path he took makes me feel like anything is possible.

After a tour of the BBC TV Centre, I went home on the train with a massive sense of achievement - and I've been feeling a bit reflective ever since.

When I walked into the newsroom at Norfolk, I knew how to write essays (and pad out word counts) - but I've since been taught skills that are necessary to produce concise journalistic content - which will be invaluable to me in the future.

I've met some lovely people who have supported me for nine weeks. My mentor Zoe has provided sound advice and she made me feel like one of the team from the start.

On top of that I've grilled some really interesting bands and artists and I've been a two-minute TV star.

The most important thing that my BBC Blast placement has given me is the inspiration and momentum to plan my next steps in developing my career.

Just a couple of months ago I was at a bit of a loss - not knowing how to use my degree or where to go next - but my Blast placement has focussed me. I know how I'm going to build upon the skills I've gained over the summer.

Finally, a really big and special thank you to everyone at BBC Norfolk and to everyone who has made this BBC Blast placement so amazing.

You can keep up with what I do beyond Blast on my blog.

Friday, 3 September 2010

My article on local band The Barlights is now online for you to read. I've had fun writing that this week - it's about their second album and their impending nationwide tour to support it.

I'm gearing up to watch their album launch gig at the Norwich Arts Centre tonight. I love album launches because they always carry a noticeable sense of pride and excitement.

They've got some great support bands playing too - so I'll have to hot foot it down there after presenting the BBC Norfolk Introducing radio show from 7 til 8 pm.

It's the penultimate week of my BBC Blast placement (boo hoo). I'm still working on a couple of pieces I'll be putting up before it comes to an end, but I'm going to miss writing for BBC Norfolk.

During the last couple of weeks I've also been writing for the BBC Norfolk Introducing monthly E-zine called VoluME . Make sure you download the new edition from this website - for more insights into our amazing local music scene.

Like a lot of recent graduates, I'm applying for jobs. I feel lucky because this placement has made me realise what it is I'm aiming for.

Taking over Huw Stephens BBC Radio 1 new music show would be my ultimate dream (sorry, Huw). If he won't budge, I'll settle for a similar career. Anything encompassing new music will keep me eternally happy.

This weekend I'll be taking a little break from journalism to play at being a musician again.

I'm heading to Sick Room recording studios in Pentney, near King's Lynn, to lay down some tracks with my new side project - Brothers - so hopefully you'll hear those on BBC Norfolk Introducing soon!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

How are we nearly at the end of August? My BBC Blast placement is flying by!

This week I have put up an exciting article about Ria Ritchie - she's a singer songwriter with a huge internet fan base.

She's been writing with Plan B and has had interest from Jay-Z's own record company. I found myself getting very excited on her behalf when writing the piece.

Last night I interviewed local band The Barlights ahead of the release of their second album and first proper tour of the UK, which starts on 2 September.

I conducted the interview and photo session at their band practice where they were finalising their plan for the coming weeks.

The practice was at Knowhere Bar on Queen Street in Norwich - it was fun being in an empty bar listening to the band play their music.

They are also going to be guests on our BBC Norfolk Introducing tomorrow night from 7pm - so I need to get thinking about those probing questions!

There's only a couple of weeks left of my placement, but I've still got stories to share with you - so watch this space!

Friday, 20 August 2010

This week I have been working on something very different and completely new to me.

Neil Fellowes aka Geigertek
Geigertek is looking to bring the city's electronica "to a wider audience"

I compiled an audio package for BBC Radio Norfolk's breakfast show, which consisted of a three and a half minute report about electronic music in the area, bisected with some interview clips of local talents and samples of their music.

I interviewed Geigertek a while ago - a local artist launching a new night in Norwich to celebrate and promote electronic music. He was very informative and I left knowing a lot more than I did before. </