- in In Pictures
Adapting and reinventing have been part of my working life for many years.
I was diagnosed with MS in the year 2000. And over the last 20 years I’ve gone from being based in a newsroom and on location to working more and more from home.
As my mobility has decreased – walking with a stick, then two crutches, now a walker and sometimes a wheelchair – so my need for technology to help me to work has increased.
Always adapting. Always reinventing.
This has worked well. But I always felt a bit off the radar and, dare I say it, even forgotten about.
Well, that’s the downside of working remotely I guess: you tend to feel a bit remote.
In_pictures Making a mess
I arrange all my stories and interviews, go out to do the filming with my cameraman, and then come home to record my voice later.
I have software that means I can record straight onto my phone from a suitable room.
In my case that’s my son’s bedroom – as long as the curtains are shut and there are enough blankets and duvets around to ensure the sound is acceptable.
It’s not nine-year-old Matthew making a mess of his room – it’s his mother!
I can also look through the interviews and pictures in my kitchen and choose the best shots and clips.
I then edit remotely with me sitting at home… and my editor and producer sitting in the newsroom. And no-one can tell that’s how it was done when the piece is broadcast.
I hardly ever go into the newsroom. I stay in contact by phone but I definitely feel a bit remote. I avoid going to meetings in Glasgow or Edinburgh. The travel would be too exhausting and debilitating for me.
So remote working can be done. For several years I have been quietly making it work on a VERY small scale.
This new normal has been my old normal for several years.
And now everyone is adapting and reinventing.
Imagine presenting a radio programme from your attic? Or broadcasting a TV show from your living room?
Unthinkable. Until now.
But this new normal unfortunately has some extra conditions for me.
I have been told my condition and the treatment I’m receiving mean I have to be shielded.
So from now on I’ll be adapting, reinventing… and concentrating on surviving.