What next for Paris?

What next for Paris?

A nation still in mourning after Friday’s attacks, with many in Paris unsure what will happen next – this the second attack on the city this year, targeting those who were simply enjoying daily life at a concert or restaurant.

So what does the future hold for the capital and the rest of France?

Using clips from BBC radio, I’ve made a 3-minute package asking how Paris and France can get back to normal.


Barcelona – off on my year abroad

Barcelona – off on my year abroad

Today marks the day I embark on my year abroad to Barcelona. I’ll be studying Portuguese language and literature and Spanish grammar and literature at the Universitat de Barcelona in the centre of the city. During this time, I hope to expand on my “reading around” journalism. I plan to spend my time reading books by some of Britain’s best journalists. On my reading list, I currently have Nick Robinson’s “Live from Downing Street” Gavin Hewitt’s “The Lost Continent”, Andrew Marr’s “My Trade” and Jeremy Bowen’s “The Arab Uprisings”. All BBC journalists, I know…

Going abroad doesn’t mean I’ll stop watching and keeping up to date with British news. I plan to watch my favourite news programmes, such as Newsnight and Channel 4 News, more than ever, and take a critical look at how they cover stories and how they differ.

Being in Barcelona means that I’ll be able to explore a city that I’ve longed  to live in for a long time. Absorbing Catalan culture has been a passion that I’ve wanted to continue exploring since being acquainted with the Catalan language several years ago. I’d like to make this my specialism in journalism. Catalonia is approaching a very exciting year with clamours for independence ever growing. Tomorrow marks Catalonia’s national day – La Diada – and I’ve no doubt I’ll be walking around the streets soaking up this unique show of national pride and culture.

Off I go then, for the next ten months!

Motion of no confidence in Graduate Union President exceeds 200 signatures

My first article as News Editor for Varsity in Lent Term 2013, after contributing previously as a News Reporter. This term Varsity is online-only, at a time when students are getting ready for their exams. Our focus was to get the best news before our competition. This was out first big news story of the term – a motion of no-confidence called against GU President Arsalan Ghani.

Story link: http://www.varsity.co.uk/news/5865