Sunday, 8 March 2020

Rat Infestation

I went back to the Page Hall area of Sheffield a year on from my story about the rat infestation there. Clearly there's still a rodent problem. This time I filmed with the council to find out how they're trying to deal with the problem...

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Sisterhood Basketball

I had a brilliant time filming with Sisterhood Basketball in Sheffield. They're a club made up of girls and women from ethnic minority backgrounds and show the power of sport to do good.



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Thursday, 20 February 2020

Women's Six Nations

I went to Loughborough this week to see how England Women's Rugby Union squad were preparing for their crucial Six Nations match versus Ireland in Doncaster on Sunday. We didn't finish filming until about 5pm so it was a tight turnaround to get the report on air for 6:30pm. The key was preparing questions and a draft script beforehand.



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Sunday, 9 February 2020

Sugar

This week I filmed and edited a story about efforts to encourage people to cut down on the amount of sugar they eat. Nearly one in four children starting school in Sheffield is overweight or obese and nearly 2,000 children a year in the city have to have a general anaesthetic to have teeth taken out. It's largely down to the alarming amount of sugar many kids consume. A 5-year campaign has been launched to encourage parents and children in Sheffield to reduce their sugar intake.



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Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Wakefield Fire

I reported in Wakefield on a huge fire at an industrial bakery, which covered large parts of the city in thick black smoke...



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Sunday, 2 February 2020

Behind-the-scenes: Sheffield Utd Women

I filmed behind-the-scenes with Sheffield United Women as they were looking to cause an upset in the Women's FA Cup against top flight side Birmingham City. I love sport and it was fascinating to film what goes on in the changing room and on the touch line.



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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Custody Navigators

I had a good time filming inside Sheffield's custody suite this week. A new scheme has been launched in the city to help young people caught up in violence to find a way out. At least ten men have been stabbed to death in the city since 2018. The Violence Reduction Unit has been set up by the Police and Crime Commissioner to tackle the problem.



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Sunday, 26 January 2020

Courier Fraud

South Yorkshire Police are warning people not to fall victim to courier fraud. This is where people are conned into believing they have to take money out of their bank account to then be collected by a scammer pretending to be a police officer or bank worker. Elderly and vulnerable people are particularly at risk. I filmed with a victim of courier fraud in Rotherham who I felt very sorry for.



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Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Sick Children's Trust

I was asked to make a promotional film about the charity the Sick Children's Trust which has two houses in Sheffield where parents of children who are being treated at the children's hospital can stay. It's such a valuable space for parents and I was keen to help publicise their fundraising efforts so was happy to give my time for free.



I also made a report for BBC Look North on the story...



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Sunday, 19 January 2020

Arbourthorne Shooting

I covered a shocking story this week about what's thought to be a feud between two rival gangs leading to an innocent twelve year-old boy being shot in a drive-by attack in Sheffield.



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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Sub Referee!

I had the great pleasure of filming and editing a story with a teenage football fan whose dream came true when he got the chance to referee at an FA Cup game. Sheffield United season ticket holder Tyler Machin ended up going from spectator to fourth official after an assistant referee fell ill in the Blades game against AFC Fylde. The 19 year old had already refereed a Sunday league game in the morning and still had his kit on from the match!


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I chose not to use any voice-over in the report as Tyler was such a good talker and I only had 30 seconds of shots of him available to illustrate the story which I used to cover the edits between chunks of his interview.



Monday, 6 January 2020

HS2

Opponents of the HS2 rail project in Yorkshire have welcomed a damning assessment of the scheme by one of the key people appointed by the government to review it. Lord Berkeley, who's a long-standing critic of HS2, says costs are out of control, the economic benefits are overstated and further delays are inevitable.



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