Ten things we learned in 2014 thanks to OpenWorld News

Ten things we learned in 2014 thanks to OpenWorld News0

2014 was a great year for OpenWorld News, and it was all topped off with a nomination at the British Journalism Awards for Investigation of the Year. Thanks to all those who supported our journalism.

Here’s a reminder of ten things we learned this year thanks to OpenWorld News


1. Supermarkets selling unlabelled Halal meat

Supermarkets and restaurants were selling Halal-slaughtered meat – but with no labelling, customers were completely unaware.

Halal - OWN 2014


2. Hospitals incinerating unborn babies as waste

Our investigation caused the NHS to ban the incineration of all foetal remains from miscarriages and abortions.

Shortlisted at the British Journalism Awards for Investigation of the Year.

Foetal - OWN 2014


3. Britain’s weapons sales to Russia

As the Government condemned the Kremlin for the annexation of Crimea, we revealed the UK was supplying £86m of arms to Russia.

Russia - OWN 2014


4. The true scale of child sexual exploitation

For the first time, our investigation revealed how many children all over England are at risk of sexual exploitation and grooming gangs.

CSE - OWN 2014

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Ten things we learned in 2013 thanks to OpenWorld News

1. The youngest person tasered by police was a 12-year-old schoolgirl

The 12-year-old girl, from Merseyside, was shot with a 50,000 volt stun gun after threatening to harm herself. Our revelation kicked off a national debate about the use of Tasers on children. Children’s charities condemned the use of Tasers on youngsters, but ACPO lead on armed policing Simon Chesterman insisted Tasers are safe.

Daily Mail - Police using Tasers on children as young as 12


2. Comic Relief invests millions of donated funds in tobacco and arms companies

All credit to BBC’s Panorama for making this one stick, but we first revealed Comic Relief’s decidedly unethical investment strategy back in August in the People newspaper. In fact, we’d spoken to the story’s unstoppable, original source Andrew Goodwill four years earlier and carried out detailed research showing exactly where money donated to the charity goes. It was Chris Atkins’ Panorama show, however, in December, that finally caused the media storm it deserved. The programme was good enough to credit OpenWorld News director Guy Basnett for his earlier research.

The People - Red face day

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Thank you for all the applications

We’ve hit the deadline for applications to our Junior Reporter/Researcher positions, and would like to thank all of you who took the time to get in touch.

It really is appreciated.

Due to the volume of applications we can’t respond to every one.  However, we aim to contact those we want to interview by around March 10/15.

If you haven’t heard from us by then, please accept our thanks for applying, and our best wishes for the future in finding the job you’re looking for.

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