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Wright shows his true colours
Five Young Post junior reporters gained real journalistic experience last Sunday by interviewing TV celebrity Ian Wright. From research, preparing questions and attending Wright's promotional event in Central, to finally interviewing him and writing their reports, the students found the work of reporters both exciting and mind-broadening. They share their thoughts and findings from the memorable assignment.
The experience was down-'Wright' amazing. Never did I imagine that I would meet Ian Wright himself, let alone interview him. I was overwhelmed by the amount of information thrown at us, and it was a real challenge to select just one or two points.
It was initially a rather intimidating experience. I felt out of place, and almost regretted taking on such a big assignment. However, I realised this is what reporters must feel all the time.
Ian Wright opened his promotional event by showing off extensive sunburn on his shoulders. Despite having travelled for many years, Wright joked that he had learned nothing. Wright talked about the places he had visited in an affable and casual manner, spontaneously inserting hilarious stories. His descriptions of places came to life thanks to his animated commentary.
This was a very valuable, if hectic, experience. I learned to prepare questions and conduct an interview focused around a main topic. It was my first real taste of journalism. It was so fascinating to meet Wright rather than see him on television in my living room. He offered some advice should we ever encounter a herd of reindeer: 'Pee in the snow' and you become 'friends for life'.
I was lucky to meet Ian Wright and ask him questions. He was very friendly and tried his best to answer all the questions. In spite of his fame, he remains humble and carefree. When we asked him if he could describe himself in just three words, he surprised us with his answer: 'Pain in [bottom].' When asked to describe the type of paintings he enjoys doing, he said he was spontaneous and just went with his imagination. But he said he loves to paint English landscapes, with lots of colours.
He said: 'I text my friends [in London], and it's one of the best ways to keep contact with them.' He also said he loved to meet people from all over the world, but he did not keep in touch with all of them. 'It's nice to meet someone for a day,' he said.
It was one of the best days of my life, meeting Ian Wright face to face. I felt really excited. For those who do not know Wright, he is a British adventurer and host of his new travel series Out Of Bounds. In the show, he visits places that cannot be found on the tourist map.
It was a great experience for all of us Young Post reporters as it helped develop our communication and interviewing skills. This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. Thank you Young Post for this fabulous offer! It was the adventure of a lifetime.
I learned that being a travel journalist is not an easy job, as it leaves little time for family and friends. Then there is the jet lag. I also learned about Ian Wright's attitude, creativity and humour.
It was not easy to interview a famous globetrotter. Taking notes and feeling like a real reporter was exciting, but nerve-racking. As well as his new travel series, Wright spoke about his life. He thinks spending more than a year with someone would be boring and annoying - but added it is good to be bored, because we can reflect.