Whatuni: What did you study at university?
Adina Campbell: A BA (Hons) in English Literature and then a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism.
WU: When did you decide you wanted to become a journalist?
AC: First year at University.
WU: How did you get in to journalism?
AC: I did work experience for a news agency in Cardiff which then developed into a part-time weekend position.
WU: Has working in journalism been what you expected?
AC: Nothing prepares you for the sheer amount of hard work and time you have to give when you start a career in journalism. It's always a challenge but I wouldn't do anything else.
WU: What’s it like working for the BBC?
AC: I feel very privileged working for a corporation which is well-respected worldwide. I've had some incredible opportunities working for the BBC in the last six years.
Adina says she prefers reporting to presenting
WU: What’s the most exciting project you’ve ever worked on?
AC: There are many but one stand-out moment was working as a TV presenter for a BBC Two series, making documentaries for a teenage audience.
WU: What’s the most nerve-wracking thing you’ve ever worked on?
AC: I used to get nervous pitching ideas during daily editorial meetings in my first BBC job, as a reporter for Newsbeat on Radio 1.
WU: Have you ever said or done anything embarrassing live on air?
AC: I was very close to having a coughing fit while reading the news on Radio 1. I had to cough it out when news clips were being played out, in 10 second bursts!
WU: What was your best interview and why?
AC: I recently interviewed a woman whose family died in a genocide. It was such a candid interview and emotionally draining as a human being and journalist.
WU: Who are your 3 favourite journalists?
AC: Jeremy Bowen, Jenni Murray and Sir Trevor McDonald.
WU: What advice would you give to students who want to go in to journalism?
AC: Be prepared to work long hours for free at the beginning of your career and cherish every opportunity, big or small.
WU: Did you used to practice your television reporting voice in front of the mirror? (It’s really good).
AC: Only in my car, when I passed my driving test!
WU: What’s the longest shift you’ve ever worked?
AC: I've had many long shifts (averaging 16 hours a day). I once worked for 20 hours doing a day shift and then a report at a nightclub in Edinburgh (after travelling from London).
WU: How much do you enjoy your job?
AC: I feel incredibly lucky doing a job which is different every day and always a challenge.
WU: If you could have a dinner party with any 3 guests, alive or dead, who would you pick?
AC: James Gandolfini, Alan Carr and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
WU: Do you prefer reporting or presenting?
AC: Reporting – you're closer to the story.
WU: What would you like to be doing in 5 years?
AC: I hope to have some experience working as a journalist abroad.
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