I worked with a group of students across the MA and BA Media suite at BCU, including Online Journalism, International Broadcast Journalism, Television Production, and Social Media.
In the lead up to the broadcast, I shared responsibility for the logistics and technical preparation with the producer Dominika Suskova.
This has included:
- Writing the risk assessment,
- Arranging studio/facility and equipment hire,
- Delegating technical job roles between those taking part,
- Scheduling the broadcasts and working out the running order for them,
- Purchasing necessary licences to broadcast live,
- Designing the studio set,
- Organising reporters and pre-recorded content, and
- Configuring the upload stream to Facebook Live.
In the lead up to the first live programme, we pre-recorded discussions on key topics ready for playback on air. Before each programme, I wrote the basic script to structure each hour while presenting the news updates unscripted.
A more detailed account of my experience in this project can be read in a blog post.
Midnight: Exit Polls, and Nilesh Patel discusses health policy.
1am: Nuria Riquelme on immigration policy in the election.
2am: Rebekah Smith on zero hour contracts and employment policies.
3am: Birmingham Northfield and Erdington announcements, and Ophelie Maraval talks about environmental policy.
4am: 9 out of 10 Birmingham results in, and Elis Sandford talks housing policy.
5am: Mike Smith talks about the parties’ policies on technology.
6am: Elis Sandford round rounds up events in Birmingham on extraordinary night.
In the studio: Dominika Suskova (director), Luke Brickley (sound), AJ Nixon (auto-cue), Theresa Kuhn (video playout), Athina Marini (photography/camera), Debs Hunt (camera), Vic Salvador (online), Thomaz Pires (online), Paul Bradshaw (online), Alexandra Daskalova (online), and Nuria Riquelme (online).