What I’ve been up to…

Being a journalist means I get to meet a lot of interesting people and hear their stories. It also means that I'm so busy working, I often don't have time to write about what I'm doing on here. It would be impossible to share all of the stories on here (that's why you should be listening and following BBC Essex) but I'm very proud of some of the work I've created. Even though I work for the...

Election 2017 coverage

Having learned I would be out and about covering my first election for BBC Essex for the County Council in May, suddenly there was also the small matter of a General Election looming. For the local election coverage, I reported overnight from Colchester on the divisions in this area. It was a case of juggling radio reports, gathering pictures and videos for social media and trying to grab a word...

INTERNATIONAL SERIES GAME 15- Jacksonville Jaguars 30 Indianapolis Colts 27

  After winning the @NFLUK-sponsored NCTJ sports diploma award, @CfJKent alumna @VictoriaPolley reports from Wembley — NCTJ (@NCTJ_news) October 5, 2016 I was lucky enough to attend the NFL match between Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts at Wembley as part of an NCTJ prize. It was the first NFL match I had ever attended, let alone reported on and it was a great experience. It...

#FemaleFlashlight – The Eighth Wonder Programme

I was very flattered to be asked to be a #FemaleFlashlight featured as part of a new initiative launched to encourage young girls to go into sports leadership. I am very passionate about sport and have dedicated a lot of time to volunteering for various organisations who promote sports coverage over the years, as well as partaking in activities myself. You can read my blog on the site here and...

Negligence claim mum ‘will never forgive’ Colchester Hospital

On Monday 11th April 2016, I produced an exclusive report and three hour programme for BBC Essex centred around clinical negligence claims. I put in a Freedom of Information request on how much money hospitals in the East of England had paid out due to medical mistakes that had been. As part of the investigation, I met Ellie Sutton and her family, who were awarded £5.5m because of an error in...

A tribute to the ‘tres marvy’ Louise Rennison

I often write about my favourite books or what I am reading on this blog, and when I heard the sad news about Louise Rennison, I wanted to pay my own tribute to one of the vair, vair best. It is with huge sadness that we can confirm the death of our much loved author and friend, Louise Rennison. — HarperCollinsUK (@HarperCollinsUK) February 29, 2016 With every stage of my life, there is a...

The lessons we should learn from the Holocaust

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, dedicated to the remembrance of the six million Jews brutally killed during World War 2 and the many more that suffered throughout. This year's Holocaust Memorial Day marks 71 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and I think this quote from Mark Pigott, writing in the International Business Times, sums up how we can use the lessons from the...

What I’m reading….

Summer holidays are always a great time to get through a fair few books. Here is just a selection of some of the best books of my summer.... Clodagh Murphy  Ok, so technically Clodagh is an author not a book but I stumbled across her at the beginning of summer and have since devoured everything she has written. All her protagonists are strong, unique women and I was completely hooked with each...

ICC World Cricket comes to Essex

Essex has long been a hotbed of great cricketing talent. But this week the county has also been home to some lesser known names - from teams such as Suriname, Botswana, Fiji and Saudi Arabia. They are competing in the ICC World Cricket Division 6, which is taking place at local cricket clubs across the county. I went to West Mersea to find out more, where Vanuatu were playing Norway. Listen below...