BBC Young Reporter 2020

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BBC Young Reporter 2020

The outbreak of the deadly coronavirus in the city of Wuhan at the end of 2019 has had serious impacts. Large parts of China are locked down, schools are shut in Italy, countries are on high alert, travel restrictions are made and large events are cancelled. In addition, football matches, in places where the spread of the virus has been most severe, are affected:

The Coppa Italia final has been moved to the end of May and all Italy’s Serie A games until April 3 will be played behind closed doors.

At the beginning of March the games across Switzerland were postponed and most clubs cancelled their weekly open training session.

All This lead to discussions about whether Europa League and Champions League matches shall be played behind closed doors. Leipzig will go ahead against Tottenham with fans in attendance while the Wolves play in Olympiacos behind closed doors.

Furthermore, it is increasingly likely that some of the biggest games of the Bundesliga season will be played in front of empty stands. Speaking on Sunday, German health minister Jens Spahn advised that all events of 1000 or more people should now be cancelled. DFL managing director Christian Seifert said: “There is no question that the season must be played through to the end of May. Therefore, the behind closed door policy is probably the best solution.”

Many people believe that this statement was a clear precursor to announcing this policy world-wide which could possibly influence the Euro 2020.

This tournament begins in just under 100 days. ”For the moment, there is no need to change anything in the planned timetable but the issue will be kept under constant scrutiny”, said UEFA.

Overall, each country handles the virus differently but the best is probably to not panic and wait & see what happens because it changes every day.

And maybe soon all that will be over…

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:05

500 Words

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500 Words

What is the 500 Word Competition?

The 500 word competition is a writing event which allows children from the ages 5-9 or 10-13 have an opportunity to write a short story and have it recognised. These children can write a short story about anything that interests them. Many children enjoy writing these stories. ‘Over 110,000 children took part in the event.’ Readingagency’s website told me.

What do I need to do to enter?

To show off your writing skills and enter the event, you must:

· Be between the minimum and maximum age (5-13)

· Your story must be fictional and not based on true events

· You must submit your short story in full English

· The story must be 500 words or lower to be counted

· Online entries only accepted

· A parent or carer (over the age of 17) must be aware and agreed to the entry

· One entry per person

For more rules go to the BBC Radio Website.

Previous winners

This competition has been going on since 2011 and each year there are 6 prizes that are awarded (bronze, silver and gold for both age groups). Gold for both age groups (in 2018) were awarded to Sadhbh Inman for her story ‘Dancing on the Streets’ and Evan Boxall for his short story ‘The Poo Fairy’.

What Could You Win?

Linked to the reading theme, the prizes are as followed:

1st prize is a towering stack of books to match the height of famous American actor Chris Evans (1.88 metres tall). Alongside this, they will have won 50 extra books for your school library.

2nd prize is a stack of books as high as the honourable HRH, Camila, Duchess of Cornwall (1.78 metres tall)

3rd prize is a pile of books as high as the winner themselves! The taller you are, the more books you get!


A student at Driffield School, who has requested to remain anonymous, entered the event and told me about her experience.

I asked her if she had entered before and why enter this year and this was her response,

‘No, I have never entered before and I entered this year because I enjoy writing and I love doing it in my free time’.

When asked what inspired her to write she answered,

‘LGBTQ+ inspired me because they are inspirational and they show diversity’. She also said ‘They have been overshadowed by what is ‘normal”.

A teacher at Driffield School, Mrs Collins, has organised this year’s competition for our school so I decided to ask her some questions, this was her response,

When I asked “how many years have you organised the competition for this school?” she answered with:

‘This is the first year’ so I continued to ask why she decided to run it this year,

‘Last year I created a new competition for Driffield Show and over 200 key stage 3 students entered, and obviously that’s just a local, regional competition so when I was driving to work and I heard about the 500 words I thought ‘this is fantastic this is a national competition’ so why not allow our students the chance to enter so that people wider than just this area can read what they have to say’.

The deadline for the event this year has already closed but if you’re interested in the competition, make sure you have an idea ready for next year!

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:01

Is modern music bad?

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Is modern music bad?

When you think of good music there will be certain songs that come to your head. It could be Camila Cabello’s new hit My Oh My or perhaps Queen’s incredible ‘Bohemian Rhapsody. And one thing you may fail to realise is the large time gap between these massive hits unless you were to look it up or you heard Grandad rambling on about the absolute state of ‘today’s music’ and reminiscing of the ‘the good old days’ and then proceed to play his ancient vinyl of the sheer heart attack album. Or maybe you just watched the incredible award winning movie also titled Bohemian Rhapsody, staring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. Either way, there’s a very large age gap between these two songs.

My question is why sensational, revolutionary music, made by bands like Queen or ELO from the 70’s and 80’s, remained so recognisable and idolized? Whereas more recent songs from artists like Justin Bieber and Sam Smith seem to be drowned and forgotten.

One reason I believe that music now is not as memorable, is the advancement of technology. Now, before I continue with that statement, I am not complaining about how technology has ruined everything for us and all of that nonsense, no. What I mean is that the improvement of technology has meant that improving the sound voices is a much easier task.

Obviously, back in the 1970’s – 80’s things like autotune did not exist (It was in fact created in 1990 by Dr. Andy Hildebrand and the first song to be tested with the new device was believe by Cher in 1998)

What I’ve noticed is that some people no longer need to be talented to create incredible albums. Companies may no longer go looking for genuinely talented people but instead they may target people with a pretty face and create the songs themselves.

However, I don’t mean this for every singer, there of course are genuine voices in the musical industry but maybe they just haven’t been recognised.

There are just so many content creators that they all just cancel each other out and it’s hard to find the music that you want to remember because you are constantly bombarded with new releases from so many different people.

The story of Queen

Now that I’ve talked about the ‘bad’ music, what about the good? Like Queen. Of course most of things I have said are heavily opinion based and I admit so is this part but, I also choose this band to represent as good music because of statistics. Throughout the last 6 decades, Queen has sold 300 million albums and has had an incredible amount of success and they still continue to do so. At the time of writing of this article, they are on tour and have just wrapped up their performance in Australia for the national bush fire relief.

It’s also important to recognise the journey that they have took to reach their current success and perhaps identify what about this journey is more remarkable than that of more recent artists.

Queen was formed in 1970 by Freddie mercury and two others, Brian May(guitarist) and Roger Taylor(Drummer) (who before that, were part of a band named smile with Tim Staffel). Mercury had been a fan of the band and after Staffel left the group he took it as an opportunity. After they had agreed that Mercury was officially part of the band, they came up with the name Queen to represent themselves.

Once they had settled on the name they needed a bassist and came across john deacon in 1971 who would fill in that roll.

Finally, the band was assembled and they wrote their first song, Keep Yourself Alive and then their first album in 1973 Pre-Ordained.

Queen started with a very rocky beginning and it took them a very long time before there was any wide-spread recognition. Their journey began with performing at bars and small pubs across the

country until it eventually came to the point when they need more and decided to record their second album, Queen II. This would get them some recognition that eventually lead to them performing for the BBC. Queen would go on for many more years having many changes along the way. They would go on many tours all over the world.

However, in 1985 Freddie Mercury would split from the band in search of a solo career but luckily, this wouldn’t last long and Mercury would quickly return to the band, just in time for Live Aid (1985 13th July) where they would ‘steal the show’.

Unfortunately, on November 24th 1991, Mercury would pass away from bronchial pneumonia resulting from AIDS after many years spent performing and entertaining for the people who loved him most.

The story of Queen and its success is a long and almost tragic one. But during queen’s best years people were able to experience amazing music and enjoy the energy that all four of the band members brought to the stage.

As of now, John Deacon no longer performs with his former ban mates and is enjoying a quiet life.

Whereas the other two, Brian May and Roger Taylor continue to perform and are touring with Adam Lambert in multiple different countries.


Looking at the History of queen, we are able to see what could have motivated them to write the songs they did and give us a real insight on the emotion behind them.

And comparing this to modern day music, we can recognise now that queen’s long history and experience has influenced them to write and sing like they did and maybe why more recent artists just don’t seem to work like that.

More modern/ recent artists are young and new to the musical industry and although their songs may carry some message or story, it just doesn’t have the same impact as older generations.

Along with the help of more advanced technology they won’t have to learn to train their voices as hard and that can take away from the experience. Without learning anything they cannot incorporate those sorts of lessons or strain into their music because they won’t understand. They won’t have to.

With the change of the music industry, the new comers will have to learn and adapt with those changes and that can make it better or worse for them.

Monday, 09 March 2020 15:01

Rural Depreivation

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Rural Deprivation

Thousands of people all around the United Kingdom are demanding that we start saving the Earth, and try to be more eco-friendly. How could this affect us?

Many rural villages are inhabited by the elderly and young families, with low pay and seclusion from other villages, these places are vulnerable to changes in our communities. If our petrol stations are completely changed into charging stations it will massively affect people without electric cars like Plug-ins and Hybrids. They will not be able to fill their tanks with diesel or petrol which makes them obsolete.

This problem has been overlooked and not thought about, as it could only be a possibility. But with all these charging stations popping up, it is clear that a fantasy could become a reality.

It is brilliant that people want to help keep their world safe from pollution, but not many people are doing much about it. There are people who fight for change, but see no difference for their demands are ignored or swept under the rug.

However, electric cars can be quite helpful, yet expensive, so people with a smaller wage may not be able to afford them. This is extremely inconvenient for people, especially the elderly. They depend heavily on their car, since it helps them travel to and from their homes. With the sudden outbreak of Coronavirus, they are quick to buy supplies, in case of infection.

So it is essential that they get to town to buy necessary products. This proves that our cars are the key to our everyday lives running smoothly.

Monday, 09 March 2020 14:59

Women in Sport

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In sport, women are sometimes seen as amateurs compared to men. As we all know lots of women are successful in their sporting careers, but the world seems to put women down as not as equal as men. Take the women’s England football team for instance they are doing much better than the men’s team and have won the world cup more recently than the men’s team have. A few girls have told us that they play sports and have been discriminated against because of what sports they can play and who with, by some boys.

We asked some girls what sports they played and who with:

One said that they swam with boys and girl and they stated that they think playing with them is a great experience for all genders. They think that swimming together is fair and equal and if they weren’t allowed it is discriminative. They say it is a fun experience and there is a variety of different people.

A female hockey player says that they play with just girls (sometimes a few boys), thinks that it is ok but would be more fun and exciting if there were a few more boys involved. She thinks that playing with both genders would be better for mental health. She says it’s a good experience.

We interviewed a football player, and she is involved with an all-girl team. She thinks that it’s not right that genders are set apart and should be mixed. In her mind everyone is equal and should be treated the same way. She agrees with the fact that girls should be able to play sports with boys and that it doesn’t matter.

Even though lots of women have been discriminated about against they still continue to pursue their dreams of becoming professional athletes. Look at the Olympics for example, women never used to be able to compete in the Olympics and now they are allowed to play certain sports, still not all sports but history has come a long way from what it used to be like.

Monday, 09 March 2020 14:56


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The world is constantly advancing in many ways; one aspect of this is electricity. Scientist love to experiment new things manly linked to the possibilities of electricity and what you can create using it. As we speak humanoid robots are being created, these are human like robots which have almost all the features of a real human being. These are incredible inventions that take huge amounts of skill and intelligence to make but should we be worried about these electrical humans?

The point in these human like robots are to make are lives easier as the vast majority of them are programed to do jobs for us humans. This is beneficial in that it will reduce the amount of jobs we need to do so instead we can relax. This may sound like a good idea but think about it in another way as robots could have a negative effect on human life. If these humanoids are doing all our jobs that will decrease job choices, making it difficult to find a job so people can’t earn money, this will lead to poverty. Also there is no telling whether they will go right or wrong, a simple malfunction could do serious damage. So are robots a good idea or are they a path way to a troubled future?

Monday, 09 March 2020 14:54

Purchasing plastic bags

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Purchasing plastic bags

Are shops actually trying hard enough to increase the price of plastic bags? Lately many shops around the world in countries like China, the Netherlands, Morocco and England have been trying to raise the prices of plastic bags to mitigate the impacts of plastic pollution, simply by dissuading their purchase. This is an intelligent idea, although can more be done to stop plastic pollution around the world? Lowering the price of plastic bags has reduced the rate of purchase by 1/3 in England between 2019/20; this is a strong improvement, yet I believe that there is still more to be done. The prices have increased from 5p to 10p, which is a relatively insignificant change. I believe that a higher price is required; indeed, 10p would encourage shoppers to consider whether buying a disposable carrier is a necessary purchase, yet we need the vast majority to reject the menacing plastic bags which is unlikely to occur with such a miniscule cost.

Raising the prices of plastic bags is a wonderful idea, yet have organisations considered the usage of alternative materials to produce such carriers? Recently, a small amount of shops have thought of alternatives to the plastic bag, for example paper bags, cloth bags, bamboo bags and biodegradable bags. By 2050, it is predicted that the ocean will have more plastic than fish- this epitomises why we must take action on preventing the purchase of plastic. Every time you buy something plastic, whether it is a bag or water bottle, you are adding to the mountains of plastic pollution filling the ocean at worrying rates. The millions of plastic waste in the sea are killing innocent ocean animals every day; turtles are getting tangled in nets, whales are consuming particles unconventionally and fish are getting trapped plastic in bottles! Are we going to let this continue or will we do something about it?    

Monday, 09 March 2020 14:53

Paralympics and Olympics

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Paralympics and Olympics

The count down to the Olympics and Paralympics has begun.

This year they are being held in the capital city of Japan, Tokyo. The Olympics will start on the 24th of July 2020 and will finish on the 9th of August. They will mainly hold the competitions in the same places as they did in the summer Olympics 1964. The 1964 Olympics were the first Olympics to be held in Asia.

All together there will be around 33 different sports in the Olympics.

The Paralympics feature athletes with a disability. In 2016 there were 22 different sports played in the Paralympics with around 4,328 athletes taking part.

Although there have been worries over the Paralympics and Olympics being able to take place. It is said that the plans are still going ahead however there might not be any fans allowed to watch depending on what happens.

Overall, we should all start getting ready for this year’s Paralympics and Olympics which are being held in Japan. Hopefully the Coronavirus doesn’t disrupt this!

Inclusive sports

There are lots of sports that you don’t know about, somewhere there must be one for you, you just need to find it.

Although I found Goalball when I was 7 years old, it can take some people a lot longer.

Goalball is a Paralympic sport for those who are blind or visually impaired. It was originally invented to rehabilitate blinded World War 2 veterans and has continued to become an international sport.

Goalball is played on a 9m by 18m caught with a goal that is the whole 9m. There are three players on each side of the caught. The player’s job is to defend their goal from the opposition and to then bole the ball back at the opposition. The game is full of rules like the you only have 10 seconds after the ball has hit you to get it to the over side and the ball must touch the floor before 6m away from the goal.

 However the main rule is that everyone wears a blind fold and that the players can’t touch it during the game. Wearing the blind fold puts everyone on an equal playing field and it also means that domestically sighted people can play to therefore you can play with your sighted family and friends.

Before I found this sport, I struggled as a blind person to participate in sports but after starting playing Goalball I have never felt excluded with sports since because everyone is on the same playing field. This sport has given me independence and lots of opportunities

Such as playing in the GB youth team in Australia where my team won a bronze medal.

Without goalball I wouldn’t have done this. In the future, I would love to go to the Paralympics with my team mates and hopefully win a medal.

In conclusion, there is a sport for everyone and the awareness of accessible sports it little however there are a lot you just need to keep searching.

Monday, 09 March 2020 14:51

The Importance of Guide Dogs in Society

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The importance of guide dogs in our society

Guide dogs are critically important; they lead the innocent blind people, and ensure that their owners are safe in the world. Without them, people would struggle to travel to places. These dogs (which are typically golden Labradors) are specially trained to aid with the daily impact of blindness upon the sufferer- donating to organisations fulfilling the use of guide dogs for the blind allows their work to grow and cover a greater span.

Being expensive, there is an unlikely chance of providing them to people. Starting in 1931, the International Guide Dog Federation has been helping people. Although many people will not be able to get one, some lucky people will. Contributing but a small donation to charities working for this vital cause will go towards training and other things to help the dogs. Would you donate? Donating leads to training dogs; training dogs leads to assisting blind people, and blind people being assisted will make them happy.

Interfering with the dogs while they are with their owners could cause a distraction (even though they are especially trained to avoid doing that in a situation). Even further than that, it could then distract the owner from concentrating on what’s going on.

Monday, 09 March 2020 14:51

Form Storms to Floods

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From Storms to Floods: Britain Underwater

In the recent month or two, Britain has braced three storms and countless floods across the nation. The most affected areas were Wales, part of Scotland and parts of England as they saw floods sweeping across their homes. There were an unfortunate, across Europe, thirteen casualties which came from Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis. There were countless power outages across the UK and saw homes out of power for several weeks and the highest gusts were roughly 140mph (230 km/h).

Linking back to the most affected areas, Wales had either Amber or Red warning of rain which was life-threatening which led to causalities. Ferries on the southern coast of England had to dock to the nearest available to preserve life as their ships were swaying from side to side. Hundreds of flood alerts were put in place for most of the UK.

People of flooded town slam Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, as he finally visits affected area. He vows to get areas helped out and boost defence cash, whether or not he’ll stick to his word is for the future to decide. Travels across Britain during these storms were continuously disrupting air travel, trains, ferries and cars. So pretty much all types of transport were disrupted in some way during these brutal storms.

The estimated cost of damage to affected areas from storm Ciara & Dennis is more than £360 million. Repairs will take months, possibly years. 3,350 domestic property flood claims, totalling an estimated £107m, 1,500 commercial property flood claims put at £85m, 3,600 motor claims amounting to £21.7m. It’s a large sum of money for the UK and to make the damage less, the government need to add improved defences in place for the most at-risk areas from floods & storms. The army helped massively with rescue missions and worked around the clock to help people in danger. So did emergency services (Police, Ambulance service, Fire Service). Without them, there would have been more causalities.

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