Claire is a trainee reporter, who moved to Walthamstow from the Grim North and joined the Waltham Forest Guardian in May 2008. She was a student at UCL and went home to train at the Press Association Training Centre in Newcastle, but felt London Calling and came back. This blog chronicles her trials and triumphs as a "newbie in the newsroom". She likes writing, arguing, politics, religion, weird music and Chinese food. She is uncomfortable writing about herself in the third person.
Posted at 11:16am Wednesday 17th February 2010
Having just written a short article about rough sleepers using an Ilford bus route as a place to sleep, a thought occurs.
Posted at 11:03am Monday 18th January 2010
As my first full week on the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian draws to a close and the second begins, there are two things I have found particularly striking about the area.
Posted at 4:01pm Tuesday 5th January 2010
A new era has dawned for Waltham Forest's erstwhile 'newbie in the newsroom'.
Posted at 9:46am Wednesday 26th August 2009
...more an announcement. From about 10.30am this morning, I will be in the Horizon cafe in Leytonstone High Road. This is at the corner of Burghley Road, near Lloyds TSB.
Posted at 11:34am Wednesday 19th August 2009
On Monday last week, I paid my second visit to Branches Homeless Hostel, in Leytonstone, where I met three very different men who are all down on their luck for very different reasons.
Posted at 3:39pm Wednesday 5th August 2009
The high-profile terror trial of the men accused of plotting to blow up transatlantic flights is finally coming to a close this week.
Posted at 3:46pm Saturday 1st August 2009
Oh, my poor neglected blog. It is rapidly ceasing to be a weekly rundown of the news and becoming more an ad-hoc update on life at the WFG. So I’m updating it on a Saturday.
Posted at 5:20pm Wednesday 22nd July 2009
Although Kier workers are not going out on strike, this does not mean problems have abated. Apparently.
Posted at 6:12pm Monday 20th July 2009
The reason the latest instalment of the WFG blogodyssey (this is the internet, everybody makes up words...) is that I simply have not had time.
Posted at 12:33pm Wednesday 8th July 2009
It is 4am. No one stirs save those who have not yet been to bed and the damp grey dawn has yet to gain purchase on the sky. It is cold. It is dark and silent as the grave.
Posted at 10:29am Friday 3rd July 2009
I am sitting in a cafe in Leyton, engaging in my latest reporter's surgery and testing out what it will be like to be a mobile journalist.
Posted at 5:07pm Wednesday 24th June 2009
This week, there seems to be a pervasive thrum of panic in the borough, for one reason or another.