Blogging for The Guardian on their Volunteering Week 2013: Live Magazine

It’s not easy working as a trainee journalist in this difficult game. So when the Guardian contacted Live Magazine about this year’s annual volunteering day, twenty Live writers, including me, jumped at the opportunity to take part.

The Guardian has supported Live Magazine for the past decade, mentoring contributors and giving support and collaborating on projects such as the Live Film and Music take over.

Live is now the biggest youth broadcaster in the UK, supporting 1,000+ young journalists every year and The Guardian has been with us for every major development. From going global with a magazine in South Africa, to bringing a digital-first model to our website, their journalists have always been there for Live.

Not many major media agencies support young talent in this way. Opportunities within journalism are rare and often difficult to access without connections within the industry. The Guardian has supported Live contributors in a positive and proactive way to develop our talents and experience.

Now as a trainee journalist I often hear the same old remarks about having a twitter account and making sure you keep running a concise blog. But what about the more nuanced world of growing revenue from online content? With this in mind, the volunteering day focused on Live’s digital platforms.

To support this transformation to digital, Live contributors met with a range of staff involved in the Guardian’s own digital-first strategy for talks and Q&A sessions. Chris Moran, the Guardian’s brilliant SEO editor, gave expert advice on how to utilise channels like Google, and social media marketing manager Clare Carney gave contributors the lowdown on how tweets turn into profit.

We were offered advice and support from just about the best faces in the business. All the Guardian staff involved in the day were very willing to engage with us and answer our often very lengthy questions.

And from all of us at Live, we’d just like to say one massive big thank you to the Guardian and all the journalists who helped us participate in the day. You’re a truly commendable media agency for the modern day. 

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