I joined The Associated Press Television News in London four years ago as a video producer. The Associated Press is a global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from over 280 locations in 110 countries worldwide to all media platforms and formats. AP’s international video news service is edited and sent to broadcast and digital clients around the world.
Over the past 4 years at AP, I have done various roles across the newsroom:
• News Producer: Responsible for video editing and scripting news stories while maintaining high editorial standards. Working in a fast-paced environment, often producing breaking news edits, researching and fact-checking, sometimes liaising with AP journalists in the field.
• Senior News Producer (Sub Editor): Working with a team of 6-8 news producers, coordinating their work, subbing around 40 scripts per shift and being responsible for the editorial and production quality of news stories sent to clients around the world.
• Social Media Editor: Sourcing User Generated Content, applying verification protocols to social media footage and online citizen journalism. Liaising with other AP journalists and UGC experts to coordinate UGC coverage during breaking news.
• Direct Night Producer: Responsible for the all-live video news service, APTN Direct, during the London night hours. Setting up live coverage of breaking and planned news and managing the content output.
• Day Intake Editor: Coordinate AP journalists and bureaus around the world, curating incoming edits and advising on content and coverage expectations. Dealing with logistics and occasionally commissioning freelancers. Quickly reacting to breaking news stories, constantly working under pressure in a very busy environment.
• Night Intake Editor: Responsible for commissioning and bringing in stories; liaising with teams and bureaus around the world during the London night hours. Coordinating coverage of breaking news and strategic planning as the story develops.
Before joining AP, I briefly worked as Deputy Foreign News Editor for Sky News in London (2013-2014), on a freelance contract. There, I was responsible for Sky’s foreign correspondence by liaising output producers with the channel’s correspondents, international bureaus, affiliates and freelancers. I also managed the Foreign Desk’s intake operations by monitoring video agencies and news wires, as well as supervising pre-recorded and live feeds coming from the field. I worked closely with the Senior News Editor on day shifts and worked on the desk alone on overnight shifts.
Before moving to London, I was based in Romania, where I founded and ran my own independent television production company, Purple Mind Productions. It delivered major news, features and current affairs reports to international media outlets and offered a wide range of additional production services, such as hiring local production talent, production and post-production equipment, making transport and accommodation arrangements for crews, etc.
During that time, in my mid-twenties, I worked for CNN International, The Economist, France 24 English, Sky News, ITV, Euronews, Channel 5 UK, RT, ARTE, The Sunday Times, The Atlantic and The Huffington Post.
In 2012, I covered for CNN, The Economist and France 24 English the political crisis in Romania, reporting on the massive anti-government demonstrations in January, the government’s resignation, the change of power, the suspension of the country’s president, the impeachment referendum and the local and parliamentary elections. I also reported live for CNN International and France 24 English on major stories in Romania.
In 2010, I spent three months at the CNN Global Headquarters in Atlanta, working as an intern at the International Assignment Desk. During this internship, I also worked for cnn.com and for the various shows, such as Backstory, I-Desk, Political Mann, African Voices and CNN Newsroom, Connect the World and Quest Means Business.
In 2009, I did a six-week internship at the CNN London Bureau, working for the morning show “CNN Today”.
I graduated with a Master of Arts with Distinction in Television Journalism from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2011. My academic study was focused on the British broadcast industry, with an emphasis on news, current affairs and investigative programmes. These programmes were featured on BBC News, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, BBC Four, Sky News, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV. Additionally, I studied media law and ethics in the British and American media industries.
In my early twenties, I had several journalism trainings in London, including a ”Making TV News” course by Thomson Reuters Foundation and travelled to France and Belgium for journalism courses at EU institutions.
I can film and take photographs and can work with professional camcorders and DSLR cameras. I have worked with Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, iNews and ENPS.
I speak English and Romanian (fluent), Spanish (conversational) and I understand some French and Italian.
Prior to working in the international media, I worked as a correspondent for a news channel in Romania, covering social topics. I did hundreds of news packages and live reports. I was 20 when I first reported live for a national audience. I wrote my first story when I was 16, while working for a local channel in my high school city in Romania.
I worked my way up in the journalism industry – from a local TV channel in Eastern Europe to one of the finest international newsrooms in the world