My Week: Jasmine Dotiwala

The executive producer of the Community Channel's news programme London 360 recounts her week

Jasmine Dotiwala
Jasmine Dotiwala

Monday - I hold our weekly editorial meeting for London 360, the Community Channel's news programme about London and its communities, to discuss which stories are high on our agenda. Next, I'm running out of the door to supervise my team as they go to interview the celebrities taking part in our shows. The day concludes with a training session for young people who have no journalism experience but a passion for media. We train them to produce stories about their own communities, which we broadcast online and on air.

Tuesday - In the midst of juggling TV scripts, I make a few calls to arrange interviews with political power players such as Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. I find this side of the job rather challenging as I have to prove myself and the value of my team. My background as a producer and director at the music channel MTV means I've built up a healthy contacts book, so I regularly encourage celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Estelle and Alesha Dixon to get involved in our programmes. I leave at 6pm on the dot and run to make my 'body jam' class at the gym.

Wednesday - I'm up extra early to take my elderly father's groceries to him and help him around his flat. Next, I have a meeting with some BBC bigwigs to discuss how we can work together. Keen to impress, I offer them coffee, but find myself running around frazzled because I can't find any china cups and have to make do with polystyrene ones. So much for making a good impression.

Friday - I watch the final edit of the programme for any last-minute Ofcom issues such as violent behaviour, swearing or libel. Then it's lunch at my desk while I write up the weekly report for our trustees. Then it's cake all round, because two of my reporters have secured jobs in broadcasting. I feel rather emotional to see them go, but they deserve their big breaks in the industry and I'm very proud of them.

The Community Channel is a digital TV station covering issues affecting communities and charities, owned by the Media Trust, itself a charity

Jasmine Dotiwala is executive producer of the Community Channel's news programme London 360

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