A team of University of Salford journalism students has been chosen by Sky News to report live from the ballot counts at some of the North West’s key marginal parliamentary seats as part of its interactive General Election coverage.
The 13 students, studying at the University’s MediaCityUK campus, will film and report live from 10 constituencies across Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Derbyshire, Cheshire and Lancashire.
Students will generate a range of coverage on polling day, including vox-pop interviews outside polling stations, tweets and blogs, and will stream live footage from the counts and report the results to Sky News’ London headquarters for use in its multi-platform General Election coverage.
The Salford undergraduates and postgraduates will cover the Burnley, Bury North, High Peak, Oldham East and Saddleworth, Pendle, Rossendale and Darwen, Southport, Warrington South, Wirral South and Wirral West marginal constituencies. They are one of several groups of journalism students from several universities across the UK working on this unique digital camera project.
Salford MA Journalism student Amber Haque will be based in Southport on the day and can’t wait to experience the atmosphere at the ballot count. “I’m excited to be working for Sky News and involved in what will be biggest UK election ever on digital and social media,” she said.
“I hope to speak to voters and candidates before going to the ballot count at Dunes Leisure Centre from 7.00pm to cover the results live.
“I’ve learnt a lot from my course at MediaCityUK, particularly in digital journalism, which has given me the confidence to take on this great opportunity with Sky News. I’m really looking forward to putting it all into practice on 7 May and being part of the whole General Election event.”
Sky News producer Clare Fortune, who has organised the General Election digital camera project, said: “The involvement of Salford students, along with students from other universities, will allow us to offer our most comprehensive General Election service ever to the UK public.
“The live streamed footage captured by the Salford team at the counts in key marginals across the North West, plus their ability to input the results as soon as they are announced, will give Sky News fantastic coverage across TV, digital platforms and social media.”