Due to the lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic the world of newsgathering has changed dramatically. Social distancing, quarantines and lack of worldwide travel has meant that we are relying more and more on Zoom, Skype and Facetime for interviews and verified UGC for a good portion of our meaningful content. This is an example of many stories from around the world that we are having to cover from afar.
The BBC Middle East correspondent Tom Bateman had wanted to cover this story for some time and I was lucky enough to be in Jerusalem on the tail end of one of last year’s many elections when the time came to go visit the Gharib family. Sa’adat built his home on what was then Palestinian land four decades ago and since that time the encroaching Israeli settlement nearby has literally enveloped the house.
This piece about the Venezuelan gold trade was commissioned by BBC Digital at the height of the 2019 leadership crisis in the South American country. At the time Mark Lowen was the Turkey correspondent. He and I created this explainer, reporting from Istanbul.