Around 70 Journalism and Media Production students and staff from York St John University are gearing up to cover the General Election this week, producing through-the-night programming under the banner ‘The Battle for Yorkshire’.
The mammoth operation will be the biggest news challenge the team has ever faced and will include producing TV and radio programmes pre- and post- election and a through-the-night live news feed as results come in.
All the content will be available to watch online through The Yorkie, the public-facing news website produced by our journalism students, and shared with local and national media through BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council) media partners.
Student journalists will be reporting from vote counts in York and Hull, and picking up other Yorkshire results as they’re announced.
Sue Greenwood, Associate Head: Production in the School of the Arts, is leading the operation and said: “The enthusiasm of students and staff wanting to get involved is extraordinary.
“This is the busiest week of the semester for everyone but here they are – taking on extra work and pitching in to cover three production shifts. I think our students especially realise how important this election is and that this may be a one-off opportunity for them to be at the heart of reporting on it.”
We’re working together with YSJ students – including April Coward and Victoria Cotton, who are covering the York count, and will be including some of their reports on our blog.