I am really excited to let you all know that I was interviewed live on BBC Spotlight News TV on 15th February 2022!
I hope that you are all well and happy new year, as this is my first blog post of 2022 due to a few hectic weeks at school with my GCSE mock exams. However, I can gladly say that they are now over and things are back to normal once again. I am planning some upcoming blogs on Tourette’s Syndrome and the impact on GCSE exams and how I am preparing for these so keep a look out for those over the coming weeks.
Some of you may be aware that last year, I was one of the winners of the 2021 BBC Young Reporter of the year awards. I made a video all about my life with Tourette’s Syndrome and specifically how music affects this. It was an amazing experience and it allowed me to interview other musicians from around the world who also have this often misunderstood condition. My story was all about sharing the message of what I believe the ‘Real Tourette’s Syndrome’ is, without the dramatised and tragic swearing focus that often gets portrayed wrongly in media. If you haven’t seen my video already then please do check it out here:
Now that it has been a year since I was involved in the competition, it is time for the 2022 BBC Young Reporter of the year to begin. Spotlight (the Cornwall regional news station) has asked me to be involved with a live interview where got to share my experience of being involved in the competition and why I think it is important for young people to have access to the media to share their stories and perspectives. I spoke about the video project I put together about music and Tourette’s Syndrome.
If you are aged 11-18 and have an original story idea that you believe the world should be listening to, then here is a link to the young reporter website here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/young-reporter/competition/zghcydm
See you all soon,
Wilamena xx 🙂