News Lists

Below are the daily news lists created by the mediaHUB team for the last five working days (most recent at the top) – to inspire you if you’re looking for ideas.

Fri 07 May

What are the results of the local election? Labour took a battering in Sunderland – but what were the overall results locally?

Covid: Poor pupils fall further behind in maths – speak to maths teachers and parents – why is it maths they’re struggling with most? Could it because some parents struggle with maths more?

‘I’ve cried myself to sleep in hostels’ – are more people struggling for housing in Sunderland since the start of the pandemic? 

Alcohol deaths highest for 20 years in England and Wales – why has the number of deaths risen? Can we speak to doctors and therapists about alcohol deaths and alcoholism.

Holiday costs to jump in summer, warns travel boss – speak to local travel agents about the cost of the summer holidays this year.  

Why is voting turnout so low for the local elections? 

If Zoom CEO is tired of video calls, it’s time we got back to office – is working from home really a ‘horror’? Can we ask people what they think who work from home?

20C mini-heatwave this weekend after heavy rain washes away surprise May snow – What will people do with their hot weekend?  


Fans allowed in for the PlayOffs – how will that work for SAFC?

Non-League sides have started their summer business – what has been done so far?

What sporting changes will come on May 17th?


Meet Simone Ashley, Bridgerton’s latest star and our new style icon – how to get her style – is she the next huge TV star? 

Kylie Jenner dressed as modern day Lizzie McGuire – how to get the Lizzie McGuire look now. 

15 Best Period Pants to Buy in 2021 for a Sustainable Period – Where can you buy period pants? Why are they so much more sustainable than sanitary products?


Thu 06 May

Local Elections – vox pop asking people who they have voted for. Try to speak to people running for local MP. 

Seaham coast guard station has been closed – speak to a coast guard who worked there and HMCG. 

No full-time return to the office for over a million – do people prefer working from home, in an office, or a bit of both? What are local companies doing?

Covid: Parents urged to prioritise swimming lessons – speak to local swimming teachers and parents about how lockdown has impacted their children’s swimming ability.

Covid: Depression rises in young and women during second peak – speak to local mental health charities about the impact lockdown has had on adults. What should you do if you’re feeling depressed?

Warning to stay out of Ouseburn river over ‘major pollution incident’ – could we speak to local residents about this?

Brighter Days ahead as Sunderland prepares for 10-hour house music festival – could we speak to the organisers about this event?

Greggs recalls vegetable bakes due to fears they contain pieces of glass – the NE loves Greggs – will this put people off going? 



The MK Dons dressing room verdict on Will Grigg – would SAFC fans welcome Will Grigg back?   

Newcastle Falcons play this weekend – game preview etc

Lee Johnson and Steve Bruce press conferences



Best Sunglasses For All Face Shapes: Cat Eye, Aviator & More – which are the best options available in Newcastle and Sunderland? 

Met Gala 2021 and 2022: The Date, Theme And Hosts – what have been the best Met Gala looks of all time?

Everything You Need To Know On Halston – what famous Halston designs do we expect to see in it?


Wed 05 May

Election 2021: Council housing just ‘a waiting game’ – is there a long waiting list for council housing in Sunderland? Speak to Shelter and the council about this – what should people do if they find they need social housing?

Local elections 2021: A simple guide to English council elections – a round-up of all the policies people are proposing in Sunderland. Vox pop asking who people will be voting for.  

Ikea starts buy-back scheme with promise to tackle waste – is the Ikea in Gateshead doing this? How do people get involved with this?

First look inside new Carmichael’s deli in Seaburn Dene ahead of opening day – When is this opening? What sort of produce are they selling?

Vue to reopen Gateshead cinema on May 17 as lockdown restrictions are relaxed – what other facilities are opening on May 17? Could we talk to a cinema lover about this?

Dozens of North East pubs and social clubs will be polling stations this election – could we do a map of local polling stations?

Last push ahead of Super Thursday as Keir Starmer braces for meltdown – could we speak to residents and ask about their voting intentions? 

Holidaymakers are to be given Covid screening packs to use abroad – is this the key to foreign travel? Could we talk to travel agents about rules and what they expect?    


Hebburn Town Wembley reaction – what does it mean to the town? Photos of the trophy unveiling…

Sunderland are in the Play Offs – what does this mean? Will fans be able to attend games?

Was the sporting social media blackout a success over the bank holiday?


‘Going out’ gear out and athleisure in for Boohoo – have the sales in going out clothes gone up since rules have started to relax?

Were there any stand-out moments in Glow-Up last night?

Jesy Nelson on the moment she knew she had to leave Little Mix – since Jesy is solo now, what have been her best solo looks?


Tues 04 May

Hospitality bosses lose court battle over indoor opening – speak to local hospitality owners about this – were they hoping for a positive outcome?

Teens, tech and mental health: study finds no link – what is a factor which has negative impacts on mental health in teens? Speak to a local child psychologist about the impact social media/tech can have on teens and children.

2021 elections: A simple guide to the local elections – what do the local parties stand for? 

Covid: Lockdown loneliness could leave people ‘stuck’, charity warns – vox pop asking local people how they feel about things opening up again. What should you do if you feel anxious about it?

Illegal streaming warning after RAF corporal caught selling TV subscriptions – could we find out how prominent this streams are?

People told NOT to book summer holidays before foreign travel rules announcement – how many bookings are these companies taking? How detrimental is an announcement like this to local travel agents?

Diet soft drinks are no better for health than sugary counterpart – could we speak to a dietician about this?

DAN WOOTTON: Enough is enough, we need to get our lives back – how dangerous is it that the nations most read newspaper is promoting ignoring government advice?    


Hebburn Town Wembley reaction

Sunderland are in the Play Offs – what does this mean? Will fans be able to attend games?

Was the sporting social media blackout a success over the bank holiday?


Pandora says laboratory-made diamonds are forever – what is the difference between lab-made and mined diamonds? How are they more sustainable? Speak to Pandora about this.

The Flight Attendant season 2: Release date, cast and news – were there any good fashion moments in S1?

Bridgerton Season 3: Everything We Know Including Plot, Cast & UK Release Date – What were our favourite costumes from season 1?


Fri 30 April

Student university complaints reach highest level – speak to students from all local universities – what have they found positive and negative about learning in the current situation? What have their complaints been?

Elections 2021: Why a lack of buses creates job struggles – is anyone running locally promising to improve transport in Sunderland? Talk to someone who has to rely on public transport about how they think it could be improved.

Covid-19 vaccine offered to people aged 40 and over in England – how many people in Tyne and Wear have had the vaccine? What percentage of people have taken it up so far?

Contact local people who are voting for the first time in this local election – how have they prepared on deciding who to vote for? 

One in seven shops lie empty after lockdown – how have stores in Sunderland and Newcastle coped? Which shops have closed down? Speak to the Bridges/ Eldon Square/ Metrocentre about whether they have any plans for empty stores.

Restaurants struggle to find staff ahead of reopening – speak to local restaurant owners – how do they feel about fully reopening? Are they struggling for staff?

Sunderland’s new City Hall ‘worth more than £30million to Wearside economy’ – when will the new City Hall be open? Will this replace the current civic centre?

North East takes first and second place on list of the UK’s top 10 beaches – could we do a list of top 10 NE beaches


Press conferences today from Lee Johnson and Steve Bruce

All English footie clubs in social media boycott today in protest at online hate – could we speak to local clubs about the social media blackout and find out what the aims are for it? 

Hebburn Town at Wembley this weekend 

Review from Newcastle Eagles game last night

Sunderland had four players named in the L1 team of the year 


The law around getting Botox and fillers is about to change – speak to a local salon/cosmetic surgery expert about this – will this have a positive or negative impact on young people? Will this force young people into seeking illegal options?

Best corset tops 2021: 21 best boned and underwired corset tops – what are the best options on the high street?

The 3 cult and affordable skincare brands landing at Boots you *need* to know about – do an honest review of these products. How well do they work?