Liberal Democrat leadership candidates Nick Clegg and Chris Huhne yesterday took part in the party’s first-ever election debate to be broadcast exclusively online, filmed at the University’s Harrow site.
The debate was produced and filmed by five students from the University’s School of Media – director Hassan Alkatib (pictured above), floor manager Alexis Lu and camerapersons Veronika Andrasova, Yuntian Tan and Omar Sattaur – in the School’s state-of-the-art multimedia newsroom.
Nick Clegg MP, who was interviewed by student radio station Smoke Radio after the debate, said: “I was very impressed by the professionalism of the journalism students at the University. They have a great facility in the TV training studio.
“As a former journalist I know how exciting and challenging it can be starting out in that career. It was great to reminisce with some of the students, although my days of covering the Netherlands for the Financial Times might not have been as exciting as their current work and aspirations. I wish them well for the future.”
Chris Huhne MP, also interviewed by Smoke Radio, said: “The students and the newsroom were both excellent, and the results look fantastic on the internet. I’m very pleased we’ve been able to involve Westminster’s media students in the political process.”
Television tutor Geoffrey Davies said it had proved a great experience for the students. “Opportunities like this are hugely important for students to gain experience of working with outside organisations and working in a professional manner,” he said.