Below is a collection some of the pieces of journalism I have done to date.
Level One TV Package, May 2016.
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ARTICLE 1: POLICE SEEK VOLUNTEERS AMIDST NEW MONEY-SAVING SCHEME
Cambridgeshire police have placed two adverts online in a bid to recruit volunteers in a new money-saving scheme.
The force placed adverts for a vehicle tasking volunteer and a property recovery volunteer at the start of December.
The vehicle tasking volunteer role involves performing safety checks on cars whilst keeping them clean.
Should anyone volunteer for the second position of a property recovery officer, they would be expected to trawl car boot sales and antique stalls to recover stolen property on behalf of the police.
The force say that they are extremely short of cash and that this will not only save money, but will help the community in the long run by easing pressure on police and by helping to enhance the skills of those who volunteer.
Campaigners have hit out by saying that the police should not expect volunteers to be doing the jobs that the force are trained and paid to do.
Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “It’s good that the force is seeking help without costing taxpayers’ more money. More forces should be thinking along these lines to help ease pressure on their budgets so they can spend money on new equipment and catching criminals.”
Cambridgeshire police maintain that volunteers are ‘vital’.
ARTICLE 2: LINCOLN CASTLE TO HOST CENTENARY POPPIES
Lincoln Castle is to display some of the ceramic poppies from the Tower of London to mark the centenary of World War One.
The poppies are going on a tour of the UK and are expected to be on display in Lincoln from May 28 – September 4 2016.
Following Lincoln, the poppies will then be shown at Black Watch Castle and Museum in Perth, Scotland, and at Caernarfon Castle in Wales.
Nick Worth, the executive member for culture and heritage at Lincoln, said, “We’re thrilled the poppies are coming to Lincoln Castle. I’m sure people will travel from far and wide to see this iconic work.”
ARTICLE 3: NHS FAILURES
A terrifying catalogue of people have been left injured, maimed and poisoned by hospital staff, new NHS figures have revealed.
Officials logged 760 so-called ‘serious untoward incidents’ on the NHS last year, made up of 263 surgical blunders, 50 equipment failures and 447 drug incidents.
The dossier of slip-ups includes patients dying as a result of being given drugs intended for others, people left conscious as surgeons start to operate and dozens of patients who woke from surgery to find swabs and needles had been accidentally left inside them.
The statistics, released in a freedom of information survey, show for the first time how critical mistakes are being made on a daily basis inside the NHS.
The General Medical Council has said at patients are being put at risk as junior doctors often work in excess of 100 hours a week, nearly double the legal limit, resulting in exhaustion and fatigue.
Researchers from Durham University questioned junior doctors around the UK and found that it is not unusual for them to work 12 days in a row and do regular 13-hour shifts.
The report suggests that many hospitals are relying on trainee doctors to provide care and treatment without adequate supervision from senior colleagues.
This reportomes after six year old Peter Hanson died at a hospital shamed by David Cameron for its persistently high death rates.
After vomiting and complaining of headaches almost daily, his parents went to the scandal-hit Bronkfield General Hospital four times over seven months before doctors finally discovered a large-sized tumour.
It was removed, but when the cancer returned it took a further two months for doctors to diagnose it.
Peter’s mother, Christine, 37, said: “Peter is just another statistic as far as the hospital is concerned. The fact they weren’t able to help him and have not acknowledged that they did so little makes us, as parents, feel guilty. They have avoided blame and it’s unacceptable.”
A spokesman for the Department of Health said: “The vast majority of NHS patients experience good quality, safe and effective care.”