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A photographer's view of Prova

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By Matt

As part of my degree at the University of Worcester, I was given the opportunity to take part in a week’s work experience. As a student of Journalism and English, my passion is for researching different kinds of news stories and writing them up in an interesting way. I am also a keen photographer. This is a competitive industry and, after months of not hearing back from different news organisations, I came across Prova PR. I can quite happily say my time here has been very enjoyable and most of all very educational.

Due to having my own blog, I was able to showcase articles and photography that caught Prova’s eye. This also meant that the Prova team was able to design an experience that allowed me to spend my time proactively developing the areas I have an interest in. Every member of the Prova team made me feel part of the family, as they allowed me to shadow and take part in everyday tasks instead of just making tea and coffee – which can come with certain work experience placements.

Operations director, Sarah also gave me my own project during the week, where I went out and gathered images of Warwick that could be used as part of the Prova website and brand images going forward. This was a very fulfilling task as I felt I was being given a fantastic chance to demonstrate my skills, especially at such an early stage in my journalistic career. This task allowed me to become independent, yet still feel confident to ask for help if I needed it. No matter who it was or when it was, every team member was extremely friendly, approachable and helpful.

I also got the chance to explore some of the other key activities that take place at Prova PR. Like my photography project, these were all educational and motivational. I was able to have a go at writing press releases, get involved in meetings, complete plenty of research and also support the team with some filing and documenting. I was also given the opportunity to go to London with Faye to complete a site visit to a venue for a big client event later on in the year. My job was to take pictures of the venue to demonstrate the size and space of the exhibition area. These pictures would then go along with the floor plans to give each involved company a better visual representation of the layout for the event.

My week of work experience at Prova PR has been most enjoyable and very worthwhile. I have learnt a substantial amount of valuable information here with some very friendly people. I have picked up some very interesting tips and skills first hand, which I couldn’t have learnt in a classroom. If you’re looking for a friendly, hands-on, enjoyable, hardworking placement, then Prova PR is for you!

I would like to thank Sarah for inviting me into the workplace and giving me such a great opportunity to develop my skills as a journalist. Hope to see you all soon.

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