GCU students report from the Games

01 August 2014

GCU Multimedia Journalism students have been capturing the excitement of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games together with reporters from across Scotland and the Commonwealth.

A team of Multimedia Journalism students are among 40 aspiring reporters and editors, who are uploading live bulletins and reports throughout the Games from their newsroom base in the city’s Mitchell Library.

The online forum Future NEWS is operating 10 virtual newsrooms and an international desk and giving the next generation of global journalists the opportunity to gather in Glasgow to report on the Games, as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

BA Multimedia student David Cuthbertson, a 22 year old from Rutherglen in Glasgow, has taken on a variety of roles, including Head of News and News Editor, where he has been collating and editing the news packages as they are reported live from the Games.

He said: “The newsroom has been non-stop over the course of the Games.  The confidence of the reporters has grown incredibly and, as this happens, they begin to find their own story angles which broadens the coverage offered.” 

He added: “One of the highlights of being involved in the project was getting the opportunity to hear from Herald Editor Magnus Llewellin, who shared his experiences of working in media and his thoughts of where the industry is headed in the future.”

David is working alongside GCU students Catherine Hunter, Ryan Bounagui and MA Multimedia postgraduates Sean Martin and Calum Gilles, as well as reporters from across schools and colleges in Scotland and countries, including Jamaica, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique and Tobago.

The project began in April with 120 young people aged 16-19 taking part in the Aye Write! Future News International Young Journalists’ Conference.

Future NEWS 2014 is led by Glasgow Life and Glasgow City Council in partnership with the British Council, Tinopolis Interactive, sister company to Host Broadcaster of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Sunset + Vine, the Herald & Times Group and Thomson Reuters. 

To find out more about Future NEWS go to http://www.futurenews.org.uk