Name Tag Or Bust By Katie Hollemans


Today we ventured into Glasgow, Scotland. This is a place that is bigger than Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and the city we have been staying in for the duration of our studying in this country. The purpose of our visit was to visit BBC Scotland. Needless to say I was eager to set foot into the building that is a huge communication hub for the United Kingdom and the world as well. Upon entering the building we were each given visitor name tags. There is no greater feeling than wearing a guest pass with your name on it walking past the security guards pointing at it and giving them the “I’m allowed to be here” look.

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Ian Small, Head of Public Policy and Corporation Affairs, gave us a brief introduction of the history of BBC Scotland and then gave us a full tour of the studios, offices and tech rooms. Hearing from a powerful figure in the public relations industry was eye opening to think I could be a part of this world one day. He talked about having passion and using your imagination to bring new ideas to stand out as an intern. Throughout our tour you could tell Ian was very passionate about the BBC. He told us of the history of the building itself, the architecture, and how the office space between the five different floors was strategically laid out.

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Instead of having cubicles or single offices that are closed off from one another, the BBC Scotland had open office space. Each floor was divided off into different media sectors that correspond with one another. For instance, one floor was the BBC News that had all news outlets, sports and radio divisions all together in order for collaboration and cohesion to occur. I found this interesting that there were no cubicles, but long tables with desks split up by a computer and a file cabinet for each employee. The employees are very close to one another, which allows for a personable working environment.

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After seeing the work place where the creative work on paper happens, it was time to see where all the lights and camera action takes place. In the BBC Scotland there are three studios that are constantly being used for production by different  broadcasting corporations, not always work distinct to the BBC. It was interesting to hear Ian talk about how much hard work goes into putting on one hour worth of a TV program. The more I learn about the communication industry, the more I am eager to get my foot in the door and start working up the ladder. BBC Scotland talked about internship opportunities and the efforts to bring in young, passionate students who wish to bring a new edge to the broadcast world. I’m not sure where I will end up, but I know that an application for an internship with the BBC may be in my near future…

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