The BBC have selected me, and the story I submitted for the BBC Young Reporter competition to be one of the winners!
The BBC said “More than 2,500 young people aged 11-18 submitted original and interesting story ideas to the competition, which is in its third year. It gives young people the chance to make their own story with BBC programme teams, producers and reporters.”
My report is titled “Tourette’s, Music & Me” and investigates how musicians with Tourette’s find their tics disappear when playing and performing. It also challenges the stereotype of Tourette’s Syndrome and raises awareness. In my report, that will be shown on BBC TV, I interview several musicians with Tourette’s from around the world, and compare their experiences with my own. I interview several musicians with tourette’s syndrome including percussionist and teacher Joe Rumming, drummer Matt Giordano, pianist Yusuke Osado and composer Charlotte MacGregor-Graham. I also interviewed two of my music teachers, Penny Driver who teachers cello and Jayne Obradovic who teaches me percussion. The video was originally aired on BBC Spotlight, BBC Points West and three times on the national BBC News channel. I was selected as one of two regional winners for the South West, which is an area from Gloucestershire to the Isles of Scilly to Brighton to Reading. The video below has been kindly supplied by the BBC.
I was selected as one of two regional winners for the South West, which is an area from Gloucestershire to the Isles of Scilly to Brighton to Reading.
I have many fascinating interviews to share with you on www.TicTastic.com which I will be releasing over the next few weeks, and I have edited these down to three packages for the BBC.
1. Video for BBC Spotlight and an interview I did with them to be released on Tuesday 16th March on the evening news bulletin live on TV. Please watch! Later in the week BBC Points West will be running the video too.
2. An edited version of the video for the BBC social media pages and BBC website.
3. An edited version of the video to make it suitable for BBC Radio Cornwall, which will be a soundtrack of the interview, this will go out live on Wednesday 17th March at 7.45am with a live interview with myself too.
4. Another edited version suitable for the time slots allowed for the BBC national News channel network which was broadcast nationally across the UK.
I am so excited that my story & Tourette’s syndrome will be getting a wider audience through this process and the following well known reporters & presenters were part of the judging panel:
Huw Edwards, Laura Kuenssberg, and Nikki Fox from BBC News, Radio 1’s Greg James and Katie Thistleton, The One Show’s Alex Jones, BBC Newsbeat’s Roisin Hastie and Ben Mundy, Newsround’s Ricky Boleto and BBC Three reporter Ellie Flynn.