Journalism students from the University of Northampton will get first-hand experience of political reporting as they take on the task of delivering live updates from the General Election, as part of the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) overnight radio feed.
After the polling stations close at 10pm on Thursday 8 June, the students will spend the night networking with professional journalists and politicians to deliver up to the minute results that will be part of the BJTC’s nationwide radio programme and results service.
The students will then join local radio NNBC’s breakfast show presenter, Rich Beeby, Steve Riches, journalist and former BBC Northampton Breakfast presenter and journalist Simon Pipe, to deliver a complete run down of who was elected and why, what they said, and what the future might hold for Northampton.
They will also be joined by the former MP for Northampton South Tony Clarke who will be giving his views on the election results.
Kate Williams, Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Science and Technology at the University of Northampton, said: “This is an ideal opportunity for our journalism students to cut their teeth on a live news story as it’s happening, and will be broadcast across the country as one of the biggest political stories of the year develops.
NNBC will be taking questions and observations about the election results on 01604 452511 on Friday morning.