Salford’s journalism students go global with broadcast marathon

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Journalism students from the University of Salford will be teaming up with others from around the world on Thursday 27 March to produce 12 hours of continuous news.

The Global News Relay will involve the students working collaboratively on a rolling news programme, with the broadcast moving from country to country as each host university transmits for up to two hours at a time.

The ground-breaking project is co-ordinated by Sarah Jones, a journalism lecturer based at the University’s MediaCityUK campus, along with representatives at nine other universities in the USA, Norway, Dubai, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia.

Sarah said: “The aim of the project is to engage students with the concept of global news and bring them together to work on a single journalistic assignment.

“It will develop innovative methods of broadcasting internationally and encourage the students to reflect on news around the world, as well as getting an insight into the variations in culture and news techniques.”

Topics covered during the broadcasting marathon will include social media, fashion and gay marriage.

The 12-hour Global News Relay will begin at 9.00am on Thursday 27 March, with the Salford team taking the first slot. The transmission with be broadcast online at www.quaysnews.net.