A day in the life: Journalist

CaptureA day typically starts with my daily commute. I’m Essex/Greater London-based and it generally takes an hour. My journey gives me time to think about the day ahead, catch up on any legal stories that may be worth developing, as well as checking world news. Once I’m in the office, I generally read over the emails I received overnight from colleagues, external PRs and/or lawyers and then start to plan the day ahead.

The nature of my job means that organisation is key, so my awareness of the deadlines I have for the week ahead is something I check daily. Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR) is a business-to-business legal trade online and print media platform, reporting on the latest market trends, cases and developments in the commercial disputes legal market.

I closely cover law firms’ news, such as any market trends they’ve identified, cases they have acted on and any hires they have made which are suitable for our readership. I’ll then write news in briefs (NIBs) daily and features, where I analyse the market, alongside the developments of that firm – always looking to provide the unique take that CDR is known for.

It is an incredibly varied job which can see me covering an intellectual property legal decision one day, to creating a piece which centres on complex financial services disputes or fines on another. I often speak with world-leading experts to gain insight on a particular development, which will inform my writing and add gravitas to the topic.

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I am also responsible for uploading content on our content managing system to our website, as well as choosing the right images for any given piece, while I also manage the social media side of our news site. We also sub-edit each other’s work daily, which has strengthened my grammatical and House Style knowledge.

Working at Global Legal Group and in this industry has afforded me many amazing opportunities, such as attending a week-long work trip in Rome where myself and my editor covered an international conference which saw lawyers discussing all types of disputes and market trends. This was an exciting experience for someone my age.

Without volunteering at The Rabbit, as it was then known when I studied at UoE, I would not have been able to suitably and confidently follow my path to journalism, which I happened upon quite by chance in the summer of 2014, when I wrote a series of articles for the then-film section editor. I have no doubt that this experience, coupled with my degree in English Literature and Drama, continues to enable me to achieve my career goals and make a name for myself in my industry.

Volunteer with the V-team and sign up for paid work-based opportunities through Employability and Careers, to gain valuable experience as a student

 

Naomi Jeffreys

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