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Journalist Daisy Smith’s first ever interview was with Take That’s Gary Barlow when she won the opportunity in a national competition.

Daisy, who recently completed her Creative and Digital Media Modern Apprenticeship with STV, said: “I was 15, quite nervous and very excited. I think he asked me more questions than I asked him.”

She joined STV in September 2015 and worked mainly in the digital news team. The launch of the broadcaster’s enhanced digital news services in March gave 18-year-old Daisy the chance to gain even more valuable career and skills development experience.

Former Mearns Academy pupil Daisy said: “It was great working in the newsroom environment, seeing how it all comes together.

Daisy wrote online features and columns – one made it into the top ten of STV’s most read pieces of the year and was shared over 1,000 times on social media.

“I would say to anyone thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it. It is not just about getting a qualification and experience while you are getting paid – it is about building your confidence and your skills which you would never learn elsewhere,” she said.

Matt Roper, STV Digital Editor, said “STV is committed to supporting and creating opportunities for the future talent in the creative industries. Digital skills are of particular importance to the future of Journalism and to STV, of which the apprenticeship scheme has placed focus on how to train and develop these skills.

Daisy, who is originally from Laurencekirk in Aberdeenshire, is now studying for a journalism degree at Edinburgh’s Napier University.

“I would say to anyone thinking about an apprenticeship to go for it. It is not just about getting a qualification and experience while you are getting paid – it is about building your confidence and your skills which you would never learn elsewhere."

Daisy Smith

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