Today I attended a workshop by One World Media titled Reporting The World. It involved 8 panelists from Sky News, BBC, BuzzFeed, Vice News, Channel 4, Al Jazeera and the list goes on. The workshop was based on how they go about choosing stories pitched to them and making the stories a reality, especially the logistics behind it.
There was an opportunity for only 6 people to submit and be picked to pitch their idea to the panelists. I, unenthusiastically, applied, and was chosen!
I was the third person to present my pitch, which was on Forensic Nursing in South Africa, to an audience of more than 50 people.
Although I rambled on a bit, the panelists, including Paul Hamilos (World Features Editor at BuzzFeed), Jonathan Levy (Director of news gathering & Operations for Sky News), Siobhan Sinnerton (Commissioning Editor, News and Current Affairs at Channel 4) and Steve Titherington (Commissioning Editor at BBC World Service) liked it. A lot!
I received very positive comments. They even said the story is so good that it speaks for itself, so I didn't have to try to emphasise its need.
Afterwards, a lot of people from the audience came up to me, telling me how great my pitch was and how I should make it into a documentary that they'd love to watch it. One girl even said my pitch was the best part of the workshop!
I was and am still so humbled by this experience. It just goes to show that sometimes, it's only when you put yourself out there that you'll truly recognise your talent and realise how blessed you are!
So, watch out for my Forensic Nursing documentary ya'll!