Hayley Anderson is a News Reporter on the local weekly newspaper the Romford Recorder.
A former Bower Park School pupil, Hayley achieved A Levels in English Literature, Philosophy, History and Extended Project before leaving College in 2013.
She had an offer from Royal Holloway University to study English Literature but chose instead to take up an Apprenticeship as a Trainee Reporter at the company Archant, which publishes the Romford Recorder.
During the two-year Apprenticeship she worked four days a week on the newspaper and studied for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Level 3 Diploma in Journalism qualification on the other day at Lambeth College.
She achieved the Gold Standard and became officially qualified as a Reporter three years ago. Hayley has been covering news stories and writing features in the local area for the Recorder since then and says she absolutely loves her job.
She said: “It’s incredibly busy, it’s a fast-paced industry and you’re under quite a bit of pressure at deadline, but I really enjoy it. I get a buzz when a big news story is breaking, but my favourite part of the job is writing the human interest feature stories.”
Hayley has just been put in sole charge of a new project launched by Archant called Enjoy Brentwood More. This is a small magazine which circulates in Brentwood containing news stories, interesting features, information about the area and a guide to events that are taking place. There is also an Enjoy Brentwood More website and Facebook page.
She hopes in future to progress to possibly work on a national glossy magazine to write more in-depth features, but for the time being, she is getting a great all-round introduction to journalism in her role at the Recorder.