The JEP/Channel 103 district newsroom... with two children and a dog

JEP deputy editor Richard Heath offers a little insight into life working from home alongside his wife, Giulia (the news editor at Channel 103) their two children, Harry and Francis, and their noisy dog...

The Heath family (27803019)
The Heath family (27803019)

THERE is a good chance that anyone listening to the 9am bulletin on Channel 103 last Tuesday heard the dog eating his breakfast in the background.

These are strange, strange times. Strange times when the living room is turned into a makeshift radio studio. Strange times when the bedroom (with the help of a plug socket, lamp and an old wallpaper table I found in the loft) is turned into the JEP's St Saviour district office.

Strange times when video conferences with work colleagues involve fielding questions from a now home-schooled six-year-old and his home-nurseried three-year-old-brother. It's all just strange. Very strange.

But you do learn a lot from being at home. You learn that a child likes to inquire as to whether it's snack time approximately 275 times a day.

You learn that the dog's long-standing snoring problems have worsened to the extent that when he's in a deep sleep he now sounds like a tractor being joy-ridden – yet can miraculously wake himself from this slumber by breaking wind.

You learn that houses in some parts of northern England cost less than your car (thanks, Homes Under the Hammer).

And you learn that Andi Peters has not aged since 1992.

But more than anything, you realise it can be done. 'It', being work, of course. Despite the little extra stresses that simultaneously home-working and home-schooling can bring, it has not affected any part of our jobs. I can still write news and edit the pages. My wife can still produce and read news bulletins on the radio.

The two boys have played their part too – the older one by diligently doing his homework and the other by watching CBeebies and playing with his toys. And who knows, perhaps this experience may inspire them to follow their mum and dad (and, briefly last Tuesday, their dog) into a career in the media.

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