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Journalism students to cover Johnson’s constituency on election night

Journalism students training in Boris Johnson’s constituency are preparing to cover next month’s election count live.

Students at Brunel University will to work together on a rolling news programme on the night of 12 December which will be live streamed from a studio on the Uxbridge campus.

More than 50 students from across degrees in journalism, politics, and film and TV production will be involved in the project.

The Prime Minister is defending a majority of 5,034 in Uxbridge and South Ruislip, for which he has been MP since 2015.

More than 50 students are involved in the project

More than 50 students are involved in the project

Rachel Sharp, senior lecturer in journalism at Brunel, said: “Our plan is to have our student reporters on the rolling news programme holding round-table discussions and analysis with politics students as the results from around the country come in.

“The TV studio will be cutting live to reporters in the field at the count for results and interviews. We will also have a reporting hub in the newsroom, reporting on our online newspaper as well as on our various social media platforms.”

Alexandra Langridge, 19, who is studying journalism at Brunel, added: “I am really looking forward to the general election and being able to cover it.

“This election is a big one so it is a great opportunity for us to be able to work on it. It is the first time I will be able to vote in a general election so it is an exciting time for me and other students my age.”