Hull Mail uses video to back immigrant appeal

The Hull Daily Mail is using its video journalism operation to help publicise a mother's fight to stay in Britain as part of the paper's campaign.

Mail video journalist David Paine filmed an emotional appeal from Deborah Phillips to Immigration Minister Liam Byrne asking to allow her to stay in Britain with her daughter and look after her frail 78-yearold mother.

Phillips, a US citizen, was deported last Sunday despite needing to care for her mother, Betty, who suffers from arthritis and a heart condition. She had spent her childhood in Hull before joining the US Navy.

The video, which can be viewed via the paper's website, and a letter from editor John Meehan were sent to Byrne at the Home Office.

Meehan said: "Our videos are normally reactive in so much as we use them to capture events taking place.

"This is different because the idea of making a video appeal actually generated a powerful front-page splash for our campaign.

"The resulting video was compelling viewing and helped to get over Deborah's plight in a way that you couldn't do in traditional print."

Six months ago, the Mail claimed it had become the first regional newspaper in the country to produce daily video news reports on its website.

Assistant editor Paul Hartley helped train almost 20 reporters, photographers and features writers to produce the regular online bulletins.

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