22 July 2016

Working at the Press Association

Hello and welcome to my first post on the Press Association blog.

The Press Association is auspiciously based in Victoria on the Vauxhall Bridge Road. It is a great, although busy, central location to be in with plenty of transport links for the rest of London.
Press Association, Victoria, London.
Press Association, Victoria, London.

This is the rather intimidating and despotic-looking Press Association building where we forge our cherished careers
Most mornings commence with two hours of shorthand tuition, taught by our dedicated teacher Mr Richard Ward. Ward is a funny fellow who also happens to be president, most impressively, of The Incorporated Phonographic Society, incidentally the oldest shorthand society in the world! He has a sweet sense of humour tempered by how seriously he takes his shorthand. 
Mr Richard Ward, president of the Incorporated Phonographic Society.
Mr Richard Ward, president of the Incorporated Phonographic Society.
Here you may view the president and I, posing next to some of the inscrutable shapes that form Teeline.
I rather enjoy the intuitive art of shorthand which takes good English and common sense into the elevated realms of swift acuity. Like txt msgs before smartphones, but only for intellectuals, lol.
I asked Richard if he would write my rather long name in shorthand, and this is what he presented me.
My name in Teeline shorthand.
My name in Teeline shorthand.
Novel tattoo idea? That is, if I didn't already have the shorthand alphabet branded on my brain.
The true aim of shorthand is speed. While I am one of those old-fashioned letter-writing dames, I can see how having the ability to effortlessly note down over 100 words per minute could be an uncommon convenience over hastily, and often painfully, scrawling down later utterly illegible nonsense. I shall persevere!
I have been keenly paying attention to the sage advice of Madam Roberta Cohen, who is an esteemed and experienced journalism doyen. She is a fascinating woman, who has mastered her voice projection levels and manages to deliver a seamless stream of knowledge and tall tales from journalism industry. This alpha-female has a natural command and dominance over any room she enters even when the overflowing wit and enthusiasm of a certain colleagues (no names need be named) threatens to interrupt and unbalance the natural tao of her wisdom. Roberta is one of those inspirational women we are hearing more about, we are lucky to work with her.
Work consists of coming up with ideas for articles, producing copy and resubmissions of the same. Also I am constantly keeping an eye out for potential career opportunities. I am balancing a lust for luxury with my true interests and trying to focus down into a longterm career. I'm also out and about doing vox pops and interviews, as well as attending PR events and press conferences in London. 
Jess Mayhall www.jessmayhallmedia.com
Jess Mayhall www.jessmayhallmedia.com
Here is a picture of talented new lifestyle writer Jess Mayhall looking at pictures of dog with watermelons on their heads.

Christabel Milbanke is a journalist -> www.milbankemedia.com

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