While David Dimbleby and Jeremy Paxman fight it out for the rating honours on Election Night coverage, journalism students from Westminster will be racing them for the first results on westminsterelectionlive.com.

Undergraduates and postgraduates will be reporting from three counts in the Harrow area, broadcast live on Smoke Radio and delivering copy and photographs for the website.

Working with fellow students from across the country, they will be part of a network with a dozen other universities, filing results and stories from across Great Britain.

“This provides a fantastic opportunity for our students,” says Geoffrey Davies, Head of Journalism and Mass Communication.

“Students get put on their mettle to be fast and accurate in a live environment and get to work and be seen alongside their professional peers”

The student website has been running for three weeks and offers coverage of a number seats local to the Harrow campus, including that being fought for by Boris Johnson. Other constituencies in the area are considered important marginals and have garnered a lot of national attention.

“The site has been working well and given the students good experience of the real world,” according to Steve Hill, a Senior Lecturer in the department.

“I’m really looking forward to working with them on the night”.

The student network is organised by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, the industry accreditation body, which recognises the Masters course in Multimedia Journalism. The undergraduate journalism course is the highest rated course in the university, being number five in the Guardian rankings.

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