Breaking into the fierce world of journalism is a struggle we at List for Life know all too well. We’ve all worked hard to get our jobs and it’s not an easy industry to break into. We wanted to find out how someone at the top of the industry did it. You’ll be just as inspired as us after reading this chat we had with Richard Arnold, who you’ll recognise from Good Morning Britain.
We discussed all things unpaid work experience and working with Piers Morgan. And you’ll never guess what Barbara Streisand did to Richard Arnold during an interview… Richard Arnold
1. You studied journalism at City University – Would you recommend that people reading this and wanting your job should do a journalism course?
I was working on a TV listings magazine that at the time had only just launched – Inside Soap magazine, which, at the time was the only one of its kind and came out monthly. I seem to remember writing almost the entire issue one month! A phone call came from The Sunday Show on BBC2, a new youth programme looking for a gob on a stick who could spin an entertaining strand on the soaps. I went up to Manchester to do the pilot and got the gig. David Walliams also auditioned for a segment on the show. I was in great company. Whatever happened to him?
Good grace, hard graft and manners get you everywhere. That, and be prepared – oh and capable. Preparation is the key. Know your stuff. Specialising helped me get a spot on the sofa. That was in January 1997 so my 20 year anniversary is looming. I’ve insisted they devote an entire edition of Good Morning Britain to it, of course. If Piers Morgan will let me get a word in…