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Meet Lucy – Our Wildscreen ARK Media Research Intern!
1. Tell us a bit about your role!
I am a Media Research Intern working specifically on the creation of the new Wildscreen ARK platform that is due to launch next year. Much of my day is spent finding media (photos and videos) of the species I am researching at the time. I am also responsible for contacting potential contributors that I have identified as having useful media (or assets, as we call them), and getting permission to use their content on Wildscreen ARK.
3. What motivates you?
I am highly motivated by making information accessible to everyone. With the climate crisis intensifying by the day, I think it is imperative that the industry actively works to break down barriers to natural world education, because it is through those learning opportunities and experiences that people fall in love with nature and feel motivated to preserve it. The Wildscreen ARK project that I am working on is being specifically designed to encourage self-directed learning, (i.e. no knowledgeable adult required to learn from), which I hope will contribute towards democratising access to wildlife education for young people.
4. If you could change one thing about the natural history industry, what would it be?
My first thought when I saw this question was that I’m not sure I have a very good grasp on what the natural history industry is, or exactly what happens in it, so I guess that is what I would change! I think there could be much more transparency around what happens, how to get in, and what career development might look like in the industry. De-mystifying the whole sector is crucial to ensuring a wide range of people are represented in it, and a greater diversity of people can only be a good thing when it comes to thinking about new initiatives to engage the public.
5. What’s your favourite story from nature?
My favourite (recurring) story from nature is definitely the plight of the smaller birds they have live nest cameras on in Springwatch! Much as it hurts to see a brood of chicks systematically devoured by a clever Corvid, I enjoy rooting for them and learning about all the different ways they protect their nests.
6. Describe working for Wildscreen in three words!
Fun, interesting, rewarding.