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Aspiring journalists from Bromley scoop awards

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 July 2018

Devon Davis with sponsors Eric Anderson and Jamie Moreland. Picture: Chris Brown

Devon Davis with sponsors Eric Anderson and Jamie Moreland. Picture: Chris Brown

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Aspiring new journalists, including two from Bromley, have scooped awards in the second annual London Voices competition.

Winners and sponsors of London Voices 2018. Picture: Chris BrownWinners and sponsors of London Voices 2018. Picture: Chris Brown

The high-profile event, which was held at the Arts Workers Guild in Bloomsbury on July 10, encourages emerging journalism talent across the capital, giving diverse individuals the opportunity to tackle both local and national issues.

Londoners over the age of 14 across 21 boroughs sent in written articles, videos, audio files and multimedia entries which challenged the ways people think about their communities discussing issues ranging from food markets to child obesity, mental health and non-league football.

The competition was open to anyone who lives, works or studies in London.

Around half of the entries were from people with no previous experience of journalism.

Two of the winners were Bromley residents Devon Davis and Taiwo Salami.

Taiwo won the Best Beginner Award for his written article about underhand parking fines in London boroughs.

Taiwo has worked as a Health Care Support Worker for nine years, supporting vulnerable individuals in the local community and helping to break the stigma and taboos around mental health.

He was over the moon to be selected as a winner for the competition and he has decided to continue with his academic studying.

Devon Davis came runner up for the Best Young Journalist aged 14-18 award for her written entry about youth crime and cuts to youth budgets.

The main inspiration for her entry was her brother, who witnessed two of his friends die before him due to crime on the streets.

Shocked by the fact that he had lost 23 friends - some imprisoned, while others were dead or had committed suicide – Devon wrote about how an increase in youth provision could help young people stay safe and off the streets.

Judges said: “This is a hard-hitting piece which speaks to people at the front line of a huge issue for London.

“It’s a raw and honest insight into a massive issue within London which doesn’t shy away from anything.”

The competition will be running again next year.

Any individuals interested in becoming involved are asked to contact londonvoices@londonlc.org.uk.

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