I like to cook. I’m not very good at it, but it’s a nice hobby and with my shift, I cook so I can save money.
See, I work the night shift, from 3-11 p.m. to be exact. Most of the time I’m there past eleven, erm, sorry, 23:00.
Anyway, I wrote previously ragging on how silly it is for journalists to write about what they do on a daily basis. Many of you responded saying that journalists are actually pretty boring and that they should shut up. I agree with you.
But in hypocritical fashion (and because I actually need to produce something for you to digest – cooking pun!) I’ll tell you a bit about working the night shift. Hopefully you find it interesting. Maybe you think my accent is silly (it is). Nevertheless - in a bid to keep your attention, you can listen to me mumble and fumble my way through things for about 90 seconds or so. Also, because you’ve read this far along – here is a great recipe for Wasabi Chilli.
Some general tips if you ever find yourself working nights, whether it be on a placement or as a job:
- Cook your food. Takeaway is expensive.
- Keep yourself occupied. Lots of things go bump at night, but not every night. Find long-term trends to work on.
- Organize yourself. I should follow this actually. When it’s slow, clean your desk, think of breaking news scenarios and compile a list of web sites and numbers to have on the fly.
- Don’t drink a ton of coffee. Yeah, I know it’s romantic sounding, drinking tons of coffee into the wee hours, but you’ll just crash. The night reporter needs to be awake.
Fellow night shift hacks, what sort of things do you do at work? Any general tips? Good recipes? What about the rest of you lot? What sort of shifts do you work and what’s it like? Busy all the time? Waiting on breaking news?
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