Sarah Scott: “It's holding those in power to account, reporting the truth & giving people a voice.”

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Belfast Live's new Deputy Editor on always wanting to be a journalist (but truthfully - an actor!), her love/hate relationship with Instagram and the best story she’s come across in journalism.

What would your superpower be?

Time travel – how amazing would it be to go back and witness iconic historical moments or relive your favourite day, or have a sneak peek at what the future holds...

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

My careers teacher was always told journalist or lawyer. In reality, teenage Sarah was really dreaming of being a singer or actor...for some reason that didn’t quite work out.

Social media platform of choice?

Instagram. I have a love/hate relationship with it and I’m afraid to think about how long I probably spend on there every day mindlessly scrolling. 

Currently reading or listening to (podcast)?

Reading: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman. 

Listening to: I love a podcast and my favourites include - How to Fail, Table Manners, Happy Place and although it’s no longer going, The High Low has to get a mention – it’s responsible for the pile of books I am currently working my way through.

Name the film you’d watch again tonight?

It used to be Love Actually, no questions asked, but I think I have managed to sicken myself of it, actually (which would shock those who know me). I’m a romantic at heart though (and a Ryan Gosling fan) so either Crazy, Stupid, Love or The Notebook.

Someone you might be starstruck to meet?

Meryl Streep

#JournalismMatters because… it is about holding those in power to account, reporting the truth and giving people a voice.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?.

I love a bit of drama so it has to be Love Island, but the old series when it was less contrived and before they were all so obviously in it for the followers.

Biggest life lesson to date?

What’s for you won’t pass you by.

2021 mood:


Repost your last tweet:

@noseforthenews6 · May 2

I really didn’t want to but this is how I feel at that finale #LineofDuty

*click here for the full tweet with GIF*

Best story you’ve come across in journalism (yours or someone else’s)

It has to be the work of Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey in breaking the Harvey Weinstein story in the New York Times. Just an incredible example of investigative reporting which had a huge impact.

What is the worst job you’ve done?

I was going to say directing traffic in the car parks at Glastonbury when I was a student, but I got to go to the festival for free… I’ll go with a job I was clearly terrible at because I can barely remember what I was meant to do. I was at uni and it was something to do with signing people up for a subscription or something along those, no wonder that didn’t last long!

Most overused word or phrase

It is what it is.

Describe your 2020 using emoji only: 😭

To the audience: You should make Belfast Live a part of your day because… 

Behind those articles you read every day, there’s a team who truly care, who put their all into giving everyone a voice and standing up for what is right. We consider what our readers want, we listen to your feedback and we are constantly trying to do better, expand our coverage and give you the content you want, when you want it.