Student journalists on the front line for election day

Journalism students from Nottingham Trent University will be covering the twists and turns of election day in Nottinghamshire, where many eyes will be watching key marginal seats.

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Journalism students will be covering the election day as it happens here in Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire will play a significant part in how this election plays out.

Broadcast Journalism course leader, Gail Mellors

Journalism students from Nottingham Trent University will be covering the twists and turns of election day in Nottinghamshire, where many eyes will be watching key marginal seats.

On the night of the General Election 2015, teams of print and broadcast journalists from the University's Centre for Broadcasting & Journalism (CBJ) will be attending all the election counts for all eleven parliamentary constituencies across the county, waiting for the results to be declared.

They will be providing multimedia updates across social media as well as comprehensive coverage on the department's bespoke election website, which will be updated through the night by a production team of students who will be led by course leaders Gail Mellors and Mandy Ball, back at base.

The students have also been signed up to provide footage for regional broadcaster ITV Central and will be reporting for both Sky News and Notts TV.

Broadcast Journalism course leader, Gail Mellors, who continues to work as a freelance correspondent and presenter for ITV, said: "Nottinghamshire will play a significant part in how this election plays out. This has been an incredibly exciting project for students to be involved in as it has provided the chance for them to experience reporting on a major election first-hand while also providing footage for professional broadcasters."

Print Journalism course leader Mandy Ball, election law specialist and legal advisor to many police forces across the UK, said: "We felt it was important to get our students engaged in this project as here in Nottingham the General Election also coincides with local elections for the city council, something which only happens every 20 years.

"This represents a unique opportunity for our journalism students to get involved in covering an event on this scale, something which will prove invaluable for their employment prospects."

Professor Murray Pratt, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, added: "We're very proud that our students are making a major contribution to the coverage of this important election, reporting on what promises to be an eventful evening and morning after, for two national television stations as well as part of our day to day partnership providing the news for Notts TV. Opportunities like this are central to our award-winning and globally recognised philosophy of engaging learners in demanding live projects as part of their preparation for the world of work."

There are more than 100 students from across CBJ who have been working on the project, led by Gail and Mandy, for the past month. The department's engineers have designed the new website to host the coverage and have devised a workflow to enable students to livestream their footage to social media and to the CBJ newsroom in Nottingham and ITV's newsroom in Birmingham.

CBJ's coverage will also form part of a national student election broadcast, from universities across the UK, led by the Broadcast Training Council.

For full coverage of the election here in Nottinghamshire go to the CBJ election website.

You can also follow events in the run up to and beyond 7 May on Twitter via @ElectionNotts.

Student journalists on the front line for election day

Published on 6 May 2015
  • Category: Press office; School of Arts and Humanities

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