December 16, 2013.

Working as a video journalist in Tyne and Wear has put me at the heart of local - and often national - news stories over the past two years.

There have been superstorms in Newcastle, and by-elections in South Shields; monthly far-right rallies over a planned mosque in Sunderland, and anti-austerity protests across the region.

Libraries have been closed, arts funding has been slashed, and Newcastle's City Pool has been shut down. Celebrations have marked a visit by the Duchess of Cambridge, and in some places, the death of Margaret Thatcher.

This video showcases a small selection of the local news stories I have filmed, edited and reported on over the past two years. The footage is shot both on an iPhone and on a Sony HDR video camera.

There is also an example of user-generated footage - a pram being carried out of a restaurant as flood water gushes in - that I sourced for the original piece on Newcastle's superstorms.

I have included this to highlight how viewers in Tyne and Wear have been an integral part of telling some of these stories.

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