Blog Exclusive: My Tour of the BBC

Today, I had the honour of being invited to a tour around the BBC Newcastle Studios, (The Pink Palace). I got to see how news is gathered and presented for both television and radio. quite simply was the most intuitive 2 hours I have ever done.

While being shown the Television news Studio the Breakfast presenter Colin Briggs explained how he does the news bulletins and even showed me how to control the autocue and how to read off the cue. 

After some photo opportunities, we were shown the radio side of broadcasting where I got to meet Alfie Joey, one of the breakfast hosts. I told him how I am an amateur journalist and about the blog. He turned around and told me “you’re not an amateur you are a proper journalist” never have so few words inspired me further. 

Our final stop on the tour was to make our own special edition of Look North. What fun we had! Everything went perfectly and I can definitely see myself becoming a newsreader.

Today was the day that I discovered my passion for what I do and love writing these articles and I am going to pursue this as my career 

Stay tuned for more articles soon until then 


Guns and Gun Control


This year both in the UK and the USA, Gun crime has been at the forefront of the news, Its more surprisingly to hear about gun crime in the UK due to the country having gun control regulation. Despite the law, I think more can be done to completely crack down on this ugly crime.

The reason for writing this opinion piece is that in the last month more gun crimes have been reported. Unfortunately, these crimes have resulted in innocent lives being cut short.

On June 16th, MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed while serving her local constituency, the attack killed her and shocked the nation. This was the first attack on an MP since 1990.

On July 19th, two people were gunned down in a shooting in Spalding, the Gunman was also killed during this horrendous attack. This was the deadliest attack since the Cumbria shooting in 2010.

And as of writing this entry, one person has been killed in a shooting in Surrey. In the space of a month, 4 people have been killed by gun crime. I know it is not a large number when compared with other countries. but this is significant because of the tight gun control the UK has.  

After the Dunblane School shooting, Sweeping gun reform was brought in through via the 1997 Firearms (amendments) act which banned private ownership of guns. and the Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2006, which banned the sale of Air Weapons through trade. How can there still be a gun crime with such laws in place?

My opinion on this is that I believe a complete blanket ban on guns may solve the problem, I think if we classify every single gun similar to military weapons, the problem of gun crime would go away. By banning gun ownership even for decoration or sport will prevent this horrendous crime from ever coming back.

As this is an opinion article, I would love to hear peoples thoughts on this matter. please feel free to contact me through twitter @its_jordandodds or send me a message on Tumblr. 

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you later for another entry.