Journalism degree students gear up to cover the General Election across the country today

Coventry University students cover the General Election
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Thursday 12 December 2019

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Sixteen second and third-year BA (Hons) Journalism students will be reporting on counts for the BBC, Sky News, ITV, Capital Radio and Coventry Telegraph/Cov Live, after the polls close at 10pm this evening.

They have all been given training by their respective media outlets and have been fully supported by the School of Media and Performing Arts Journalism degree team.

Szabolcs Helmeci, a second-year international student from Hungary, isn’t allowed to vote in today’s General Election, but says he “can’t wait” to report on it.

I'm excited and a little nervous. It is going to be an amazing experience reporting for ITV News.

Szabolcs Helmeci, Journalism student

Fellow second-year Katie Stafford will be reporting for BBC News. Katie who is from Coventry, said she is delighted to be reporting from her patch.

It’s great to be so close to home and reporting on the election for one of the largest media companies in the world.

Katie Stafford, Coventry University Journalism student

Lisa Perry, Lecturer in Journalism, has been co-ordinating the placements and will be monitoring the students' coverage on social media throughout the night. She is a former journalist and has covered several general elections in her career.

This is such an amazing opportunity for our students. Not only does it look good on their CV, it also adds to their employability, allowing them to show off their talents and what they have learnt so far on our course. And what an election to cover, it’s been full of so many twists and turns, it’s impossible to predict the outcome.

Lisa Perry, Lecturer in Journalism

Coventry is ranked the 8th best university in the country for 'Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations' (Guardian University Guide 2020).