Simona is a second year journalism student at the University of Derby.

Hi there !

My name is Simona and I am a second year BA Journalism student at the University of Derby. For next few weeks, I’ll be here in Déda doing my work experience, so maybe I should probably introduce myself a bit.

 Here comes a small confession….

I know nothing about dancing and I’ve never danced before (well apart from dancing in the kindergarten, but that doesn’t count probably) so writing about dancing is quite a challenge for me, but luckily, Déda is offering other events that I could focus on more during my work experience, so I am really excited to dive into it (and who knows, maybe I will learn more about dancing in the process, it’s never too late, right…. And I might even try to dance myself! World, be scared).

I myself am really interested in the CUBE café events. I’d like to do a review of a poetry night that Déda CUBE café bar is hosting on the first day of every month, because I really like poetry. And what started as me not paying attention during the math classes on high school and filling the blank papers with words escalated into winning a poetry competition a few years later back home in Czech Republic. I’ve been writing poetry for a few years now, so I thought that trying to look at the poetry from a reviewer’s point of view could be another challenge for me that I want to try.  

But it’s not just the writing part. I am really exciting to try everything from running the social media of the organisation to interviewing people, taking pictures and making videos about all the amazing things that Déda is doing. So you can go on this journey with me…

 Week 1

 Before finishing the winter semester, me and my mentor Heather put together the contract for what I’ll be doing in Déda and I was taken on the tour the building (I wouldn’t guess it could be that big inside, it looked so small from the outside) and after Christmas I could begin. On my first day in Déda I was asked to try to create a flyer for their upcoming 20 year anniversary charity campaign to raise money for the organisation. Finally, I could bring that one lecture about a graphic design into use! First - doing all the research and looking into previous campaigns that Déda was running before. Second - having a vision about what it should look like. Third – DO IT!  It was real fun to experiment with pictures, texts and thinking creative to give it a shape and a presentable look.

 Week 2

On my second day in Déda, I was asked to introduce myself and write something on the blog (so here I am, hello again!).  This week was after my presentation about the work experience, that I had to deliver to my lecturer and rest of the class to tell them, where I am doing my work experience and what I expect from the work here, so maybe I could say it again…?
First of all I hope I can use all the skills I’ve learned so far on my course (you know, writing, editing, taking pictures, researching and all the other stuff) and maybe find out what suits me the most and what I enjoy doing the most from all those things.
Also just the fact that I will see what the journalistic work is all about in practice and learning what it takes to be a journalist.
(To be honest it was way too harder for me to write this than to create the flyer, so developing writing skills and thinking about the writing is definitely on the list as well !)

 Now I’m looking forward to week 3 and to everything that is in front of me! 



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