Three words can sum up my last 24 hours: election, excitement, exhausting.
Anyone who has ever stayed up to watch the election count on television, or more recently via social media, will tell you that it’s a long process. Being selected to report for ITV news as a budding journalist eager to learn as much as possible is undeniably exciting so, even after dedicating about 20 exhausting hours to the election count I attended, I’m so grateful for the experience.
People nationwide are still reeling from the undeniable Conservative win after Lord Ashcroft’s polls suggested a neck-and-neck battle between the Tory and Labour parties.
It was no surprise for both the East and West constituencies that the Conservatives won both seats. There was even an overwhelming local Tory whitewash with all eleven wards up for election becoming Conservative.
An opportunity like this comes literally, once every 5 years and 12 lucky students were able to experience it this time around.
In the days leading up to the big night, the students were invited down to the ITV Meridian studio in Portsmouth for a tour of the facilities. On arrival, students were briefed on ITV’s expectations for the evening.
As thrilling as the experience was, it was also exhausting.
We arrived 30mins before polls closed at 10pm, and it would be another daunting 9 hours of waiting for the declaration from the returning officer.
For most of the students who took part, it was their first genuine glimpse into their future. Instead of shadowing a journalist,or making tea runs, these students were given the true responsibility of the ‘Accredited Press’, something they will definitely feel proud of, for years to come.