Student journalists were given an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience on the set of BBC's Questions Time during a live special hosted at Staffordshire University last night.
A group of students from the BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism degree were shown the ropes by members of the production crew while setting up for the live broadcast which was held on campus on the day of the Stoke Central by-election.
Joe Thompson, in his second year, said: “The crew have been so welcoming and we've been taken very seriously. One of the great things about studying at Staffs is that we get opportunities like this. It's been fantastic to look behind the curtain and see how a live BBC production is put together.”
The students were shown how to use the outside broadcast facilities, on-set cameras and how to prepare for sound recording. They also had the chance to sit on the panel of the infamous Question Time set and meet the show's host David Dimbleby.
Libby Lovall, in her final year of the course, said: “It's been really interesting to see behind the scenes, get a close up look at all the equipment and gain an insight into how a show like this is set up.”
“What I really want to do when I graduate is go into camera work, so it's been really good to speak to the production crew and get insider knowledge directly from people in the industry.”
Peter Walker, the Engineering Manager for the Question Time live broadcast, added: “The students I've spoken to have all been really enthusiastic and clued up. They asked intelligent questions and were very interactive.”
“As for Staffordshire University as a venue, it been very easy for us to set up here. The facilities are good and the staff have been really helpful. From my point of view, I think it would be ideal to come back again in the future.”