Salford students quiz Sir Peter Fahy at exclusive press conference

Friday 19 April 2013

University of Salford students quizzed Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy in a press conference at the force’s new headquarters.

Sir Peter responded to a range of topics including questions over English Defence League demonstrations, hate crimes and the new police commissioner.

Students on BA Journalism, MA Journalism and BA TV and Radio filmed the hour-long session at Greater Manchester Police’s headquarters in Newton Heath.

It was arranged as part of a collaboration between the University and Greater Manchester Police to give students better understanding of how to cover stories and the world of public relations.

Students produced online, radio and TV stories for assignments and Quays News.

Before the press conference, GMP press officers talked students through how they deal with the media and promote the work of the force through social media and the force’s website.

Paul Broster, Acting Programme Leader for MA Journalism and Joint Programme Leader for BA Journalism, said: “Everything was on the record and the students were able to file and tweet copy and footage live from the press conference – just like any journalist would do.

“We firmly believe that the best way for students to learn is by doing the job in the real world.

“We were very grateful to the Chief Constable for being so generous with his time and to the press office for arranging the visit.”