Leeds Met creates hub for live Budget 2014 news
The team of final-year students will use their own website, http://journalismatleedsmetropolitan.com/, to document the day through background reports, expert comments, social media reaction, and analysis and opinion from academic experts and local business figures.
Journalism course leader, Jenny Kean, will be helping Online tutor, Karl Hodge, run things on the day. She said: "It's the perfect exercise for our students to experience an important news story as it's breaking. But it's more than just an exercise - we want to be among the first in the city to provide real-time coverage of what's announced, but also analysis and local reaction from experts and businesses."
Student Alice Booth added: "I'm really excited to utilise all the different techniques to cover the Budget. It's so important to use a wide variety of platforms and it will be so helpful to be familiar with them in the future. Broadcasting the Budget will be a great experience along with interviewing the experts."
Beginning at 10am with a preview of the Chancellor's announcement, the students will live-blog the announcements from 12:30pm as the Chancellor begins his statement, highlighting the main points of the Budget. They will be curating social media reaction, creating data infographics and filming reaction, comment and analysis immediately afterwards from Leeds Met Senior Lecturer and member of the University's Centre for Applied Social Research, Mike Wragg, thebusinessdesk.com editor, David Parkin, and Waheed Ahmed, the managing director of Leeds-based firm, Hibba Toys, who made the toy box that was given by the cabinet as a christening gift to Prince George.