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When journalism gets a bit complicated

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This week has been one giant rollercoaster ride. I finally got the chance to experience what it’s like when journalism gets a bit complicated. 

On Monday I finished my first feature, an overview of head lice and its treatment, in time for the 20-27 August issue. As a first feature it was a great topic because I have covered it during dispensing classes. My second feature is about transfer of care and the green patient’s medicine bags. This followed on from the transfer of care campaign launched by the RPS earlier this month.

My second feature was much harder to write because I knew nothing about it. So I did what all journalists and writers do; I researched it. I have spent the best part of this week surfing the internet and sticking to my phone and email as I try to people who launched the green bag scheme in both England and Wales. I have been ing various hospitals and ambulance pharmacists for quotes.

If that wasn’t enough, I volunteered to take on the news story about the preregistration exam results. Depending on which way you look at it; it was either a really good one to take on as a work experience student or a really bad one considering the drama it caused. Various bodies had a lot to say about the problems trainees faced on exam day.

I initially ed the BPSA to hear the trainee’s point of view. When comments were posted on the initial story online, the ball got rolling for my news story. Suddenly I was corresponding with two preregistration managers about the issue, both keen to make their views heard. Then I ed the GPhC and RPS to get their response. On Wednesday, it seemed that the story I was writing changed every couple of hours; eventually, the story went online. I’m proud of it because it was a tricky story to write.

I have learnt so much about writing breaking news, the kind you read in newspapers. I have also had a (figurative) door slammed in my face when I ask people for responses. It’s been a busy week and I can’t believe I have one week left.

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