The Wyn Harness Prize for Young Journalists

In mid January, I entered for an annual competition ran by The Independent, held each year to commemorate the death of the late and great Wyngate Harness. 

Harness played the role of assistant editor of The Independent brilliantly and was considered one of the best loved figures in the history of the newspaper, a true hero in the world of journalism. Sadly, he died of an inoperable brain tumour in 2008. 

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Reflection of 2012

It’s New Years Day on Tuesday a.k.a. the ending of one year and the beginning of another, and it’s always at this time that we start to reflect on our achievements, experiences and regrets of the last 12 months and begin to speculate what the next 12 months has in store for us.

This year more than any other has been a chance for us to feel good about who we are, what we represent and where we are from. It has been a fantastic year to be British, and as an already patriotic individual myself, it has been truly amazing even to witness it. The pleasure I’ve taken in participating in the Jubilee events, watching Olympians and Paralympians win gold medals, and even seeing the England football team play in Euro 2012 this summer (well, perhaps not the latter) has been phenomenal – singing the national anthem has become something of a recent regularity. As Lord Coe quite rightly stated in his speech at the closing ceremony of The London Paralympic Games:

“there are some famous words you can find stamped on the bottom of a product. Words that, when you read them, you know mean high quality, mean skill, mean creativity. We’ve stamped those words on the Olympic and Paralympic Games of London 2012. London 2012 – ‘made in Britain’.”

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First of all, I have to apologise to my blog for abandoning it, basically leaving it in the cold like a little lost orphan. This past month has been absolutely mad with assignments, general Uni work, my job, newspaper deadlines etc. that I really haven’t had the time to sit down and write properly in absolutely ages. But I’m back now so it’s fine.

Nothing else has really happened since I last wrote so I’m not really sure where I’m going with this post – might just be the most pointless piece of writing ever, but I didn’t want anyone think that I’d given up posting on here because I still absolutely love it and have really missed it. However, I want to write about worthwhile topics, and just typing out load of rubbish down for the sake of it (slightly like I’m doing now) seems a bit stupid.

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100k in 100 Days

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The last few posts have been really boring and merely entailed me banging on about my not very exciting life as a mad, clumsy student with no money.

So I thought it was time to go back to writing something a little more serious, and today I’ve chosen to write a bit about blood donation. Right now, NHS Blood Donation are running a brand new appeal called 100K in 100 days, in which they’re attempting to recruit 100, 000 new donor registrants from 7 November 2012 to 14 February 2013.

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