Putting Deputy PM Nick Clegg on the spot
19 January 2012
Interviewing the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, on national television left Liverpool John Moores University Journalism student, Mark Scully, reeling from a 'surreal' and 'fantastic' surprise encounter.
Mark, 23, is undertaking work experience at the Sunderland Echo, and a routine day at the office was transformed by one tweet and a phone call, after the JMU Journalism website’s Politics Editor responded to an advert by Channel 4 News asking for people currently on a placement to talk about how they are finding the experience.
After being told he had been selected to take part, Mark caught the 4.45am train from Newcastle to London, and within 24 hours of his tweet, he was given the chance to quiz Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg on Channel 4 News about the Government's new internship proposals.
Mark, from Liverpool, said:
"To say it was all a bit surreal is an understatement, especially since the highlight of my day on Wednesday was a city council meeting.
"This was a fantastic experience. I was able to work in the ITN newsroom and introduce myself to some influential people in the profession, to say nothing of the experience gained by interviewing a major statesman like Nick Clegg".
To read the full version of Mark’s story on the JMU Journalism website, and watch his Channel 4 news appearance, click here: http://www.jmu-journalism.org.uk/#/blogs-32/4545756966