David Chipakupaku joined the 2019-20 mentoring scheme as an apprentice journalist. He has just finished his apprenticeship with Sky News and tells us what his next steps are:
‘The last two years have been a real roller coaster. In my time as an apprentice at Sky News, I have helped in our coverage of the Christchurch shooting, the Extinction Rebellion protests, the Black Lives Matter movement, and, of course, the 2019 General Election.
I’m delighted to be starting back on our breakfast and overnight coverage as an output producer. As I write this, I’m helping with rehearsals for the launch of Kay Burley’s re-branded breakfast show, the only breakfast show on TV and radio that’s live from the heart of Westminster.
As we head into autumn and winter, the world we are working in continues to change. It will be difficult, and no doubt that what we encounter as an industry will challenge us.
But I encourage each of us to work doubly hard in this time, never ceasing in holding truth to power. We must continue to ask hard questions of people upon whom the public rely.
Thank you to the John Schofield Trust and my mentee, David Sillito, for their support as I start my full-time career.
I do hope you can join us for Kay Burley on 1 September on Sky News. It’s free to watch on your telly and on your phone, via our apps and YouTube live stream.’