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Published on June 17th, 2014 | by Alison McCandlish


Queen’s Baton relay reporting tips and ideas

The Digital Commonwealth team have been busy reporting on events around the Queen’s Baton Relay and will be doing some more work with communities and local groups around things which are happening across Scotland.  If you are planning on attending some local events and would like to experiment with some digital storytelling to show off the day’s events, here are some ideas.  We would like to hear your ideas and tips too.

Research your event

Try and find out what is happening and when and if there are any ‘ticket only’ events try and get these in advance.


  Check any local access restrictions so that you can get to events which you want to see!

Check the map and Glasgow 2014 baton relay website and Twitter feeds for useful updates, and details of what is happening when.

Charge all of your digital kit

It’s really annoying to set out with good intentions then discover that you have forgotten to charge your phone or tablet, or forgot to put in a memory card! If you plan on editing footage afterwards, it can be useful to carry your power cable as well, then you can find a local cafe or venue with wifi and upload your work afterwards.  You might even want spare batteries, or perhaps a notebook to write down names and contact details of people who you meet, musicians who play at events or local officials who are involved in the events (if you perfer non digital notetaking).

Don’t be afraid to record away..
The beauty of digital reporting is that you have the power to create and curate your own story. You do not need to show everything you make; you will probably take a lot of footage, then only end up using a few pieces of it to tell your story (for example you may need to crop photographs, change the colours, add text, cut down audio files, shorten video etc). It can also be fun to share ‘work in progress’ to show others how you learn as part of a blog posts afterwards.

Check the weather

We are in Scotland, after all.

Report the locally important events

There will be lots of media coverage of the main Baton Relay events, but you will know the locally important stories for you.  Do you know a baton bearer?  Can you interview friends or family members about what they think about the day’s events?  Consider reporting on events which are around the baton relay like commmunity fairs and arts events, sports day tasters and other Commonwealth cultural activities.  What about preparing some questions in advance so that you know what you might ask, and the people who you interview know what yuo will ask? (here Rothesay Primary learn how to do this, and get organised ebfore making audioboo’s).


Experiment with video

You could try video diaries/ vlog style reporting before events to capture your thoughts.

At the event you might like to take videos using apps like Vine or Instagram if you have these available, short videos can be nice to capture short snapshots of events.

Use baton relay hashtags

Two hashtags often used for the  Baton relay are #batonrelay and #QBR.  Use our tag if you want us to pick up your content (#DigCW2014).    

Capture the crowd

It can be fun to capture the sounds of crowds at events.


You might also photograph crowd scenes to show where people gather or how they react to events.


This Vine from the official Baton Relay account shows a nice sweeping view of crowds


Don’t be afraid to move around- here are some ideas for what to capture on the day

You can take photographs and video from lots of different angles at an event, for instance:

      • event preparations



      • flags and bunting



      • You joining in with events


    • events which are organised as part of the baton celebrations


  • Did you get to see the baton? How about a baton selfie or a view of the baton being carrried through the streets?

  • You could capture the bation being carried

  • Show us you reporting! It is nice to see who has been reporting on the events

 After the event..

If you did not have internet access at the event you might want to visit a local cafe with wifi and edit and upload footage after the event, if you want to post work immediately.

You can check back on ‘official’ reports of the events, for instance on the local Council website, to check the names of people at events, or those who are presenting or speaking at events.   This is useful when naming your phtographs or writing a blog, it would be a shame to spell the name of a baton bearer incorrectly, or forget the name of someone who you talked to.


You might find it useful to pull together a Storify of your perception of the day, where you can include all of your own content but also online content created by others such as weblinks, Twitter posts, Instagram pictures or similar.  Here is an example Digital Commonwealth Storify of recent workshops in Orkney, a post on the baton leaving England and one on the baton arrving in Scotland.

Submit your content to us

We have a page on submitting content to the Digital Commonwealth project.  We would love to see your work and all the stories surrounding events in your community.  Get involved and get in touch.

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