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Ruth Edwards (2007)

Ruth discusses her work on BBC Radio 4 everyone's views need to be heard.

I am a journalist working for BBC Radio 4. As a radio producer I do everything from researching to booking guests, recording interviews and editing reports for our shows. I love making our audience more informed about what matters in their lives and the creativity it requires. Talking to people is key to my job. When I get the chance to tell someone’s story and know it is shining a light on an area that needs to be covered I feel so proud to be doing what I do. I want to report from all over the world and keep making good radio which changes people’s lives.
Don’t think you need to do a certain route to get in; I know people who went to university and lots that didn’t. Also please don’t listen to people who say it is impossible to get into journalism. You definitely don’t need to know someone in the industry and don’t work unpaid for months! The BBC will only allow you to work unpaid for two weeks because they recognise that after that you are contributing. Don’t settle for anything less. Most importantly know that your view matters and people should hear your perspective. Journalism needs to diversify and needs a range of voices and experience so don’t think you can’t do it. 
In my job I need to be able to communicate well and make any topic understandable. Having teachers like Dr Craven taught me so many things, but most importantly for my job, how to inspire people and make them interested in even the most seemingly boring of topics. I also feel having the variety of experience I had with music, drama and art has made me into a more rounded and happier person.