Worldwide success for Global News Relay

Tuesday 22 April 2014


Journalism students from the University of Salford took part in the Global News Relay event on 27 March at the state-of-the-art-facilities at MediaCityUK campus, working collaboratively with other budding journalists from colleges and universities from as far and wide as the USA, Dubai, India and Australia to produce a 12 hour long rolling news transmission. 

Each institution took turns in broadcasting segments of news, covering both local and global issues before ‘passing the baton’ to the next team of students. The entire transmission was hosted and controlled from the media hub at Salford.

The broadcast began at 9.00am with a 90-minute news segment from the Salford team that covered the day’s hot topics such as sport, social media and so-called ‘no makeup selfies’. Later in the afternoon, Manchester United’s ‘class of ‘92’ stars Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville even turned up for an exclusive interview.

The project was devised by MA & BA Journalism & Broadcast Programme Leader, Sarah Jones.  According to Sarah, the aim was to engage students with the concept of global news and bring them together to work collaboratively not only with each other but with other news teams across the globe on a single journalistic assignment. She calls it ‘the future of collaborative global news.’

Sophie Whitfield, MA Broadcast Journalism student and QuaysTV News presenter, said: “It’s been amazing to be part of such a huge thing for the University and all the other universities involved. It makes you realise how small the world is.

“A lot of hard work has gone into putting on the Global News Relay, and we were here ‘til about 2.00am preparing for the project. The work that goes into one package is massive and it’s very hectic, but it’s good to be able to breathe a sigh of relief that it’s all running smoothly.”

A video of the relay is available to watch on the QuaysTV News channel on YouTube.