Journalism Students Cover Last Night's Election

13 December 2019
Journalism students in the newsroom

Journalism students have been up all night covering the results of the General Election from counts across the region.

A takeover of Surf Radio Falmouth saw two bulletins broadcast every hour live from the Falmouth Newsroom with presenters in the studio and live interviews from counts in Truro, Bodmin, Plymouth and Torridge. Falmouth students interviewed a cross-section of politicians including new Falmouth and Truro MP Cherilyn Makrory, Labour candidate Jennifer Forbes, Plymouth Brexit candidate Anne Widdecombe, St Austell MP Steve Double and several election officials and agents.

Sometime after 3am a student reporter even broke the news to a Labour candidate in Devon that Jeremy Corbyn had announced his decision not to stand for another election. Locally, reporters took to the streets of Falmouth to gauge local reaction to the results.

Third year Journalism student Ellen O'Rourke was the main news presenter. She said: "Covering the 2019 General Election last night was the perfect ending to this semester - using the skills that we've gathered over the past three years, we were able to "do it for real" and create hourly bulletins full of coverage, live interviews, and on-air discussions."

Third year Sports Journalism student Sam Blackwood added: "Covering the 2019 General Election for both Sky News and our very own live Election bulletins was a fantastic experience that I am unlikely to forget. As a sports journalist it was a step into a different environment that I wouldn't usually be involved in but thanks to the wide range of skills I have learned at Falmouth I felt comfortable and assured with everything I was doing, which involved phone ins to the live bulletins and uploading the results of the counts."

Journalism course leader Andy Chatfield said: "Our election night coverage was a terrific example of 'learning by doing'. We really threw our students in at the deep end, to report across media platforms on an historic night - and all in a key assessment week too. They rose to the challenge superbly."