Politicians Face Grilling at College Question Time

A panel of politicians and journalists were pressed on issues including Brexit, Scottish independence and the rise of fake news from media and journalism students at City of Glasgow College.

Question Time is a headline event within the college’s annual Creative City Festival. This year’s is the largest and best attended yet.

Glasgow South MP, Stewart McDonald, Glasgow MSP, James Kelly, and councillors Tony Curtis and Robert Brown made up the political side of the expert panel. They were joined by the political editor of The Scottish Sun, Andrew Nicholl who offered the benefit of his experience in journalism to the aspiring journalists and media professionals.

City of Glasgow College head of media David McKinney hosted the event which took place in the college’s industry standard TV studio at City Campus.

Several students found the discussion so engaging that they continued questioning the panellists long after the event had ended.

Media lecturer and Creative City 2019 organiser, Martin Naidoo, said:

“Question Time is an increasingly popular Creative City event which importantly gives our journalism students the chance to quiz today’s politicians; providing them with a valuable real-life learning experience. 

“We’re proud of all the students who attended the event for engaging so actively, and grateful to our panel of experts for taking time out of their day.”

Glasgow South MP, Stewart McDonald, said:

“It was a pleasure to be at City of Glasgow College and take part in the Question Time event with journalism students.

“The event was extremely lively, and the students were both wonderfully engaged and informed on the issues we discussed- such as Brexit, independence and the worrying rise of ‘fake news’.

“I look forward to attending the College again in the near future for even more in depth discussion, and wish the students well for their studies ahead.”

Creative City 2019 brings together the creative industries at City of Glasgow College for three weeks of events and exhibitions. The festival runs from 25 February until 15 March