The Tameside Reporter news team are celebrating a hat-trick of awards at this year’s O2 Media Awards 2017 for the North West.
The awards congratulate the cream of the journalistic crop with almost 300 guests attending this year’s glittering awards ceremony staged at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Print and broadcast awards were presented in newspaper, radio and television categories with teams from BBC North West and Granada also attending, plus guest appearances from Coronation Street actors Patti Clare (Mary) and Daniel Brocklebank (vicar Billy Mayhew) who presented a number of awards.
The Tameside Reporter team was nominated in three categories, Community Publication of the Year, best Community Journalism award and best Young Journalist of the Year for Lee Wild – and scooped Highly Commended accolades in each section.
Editor Nigel Skinner said the awards were thanks to the dedication and hard work of absolutely everyone in the team.
Judges acknowledged the close links the newspaper had forged in serving the community, highlighting support for the Tameside Macmillan Unit Appeal and working closely with schools.
Organisers said this year had been highly competitive, with more than 350 entries in the 23 categories, so all those shortlisted for awards and attending the evening had done tremendously well.
There was huge delight when Glossop Chronicle Editor David Jones won one of the evening’s three ‘Stand Out’ journalism awards for 54 years service to the profession.
Co-host, BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin interviewed David on stage as he accepted the award, asking him how reporting had changed from his first days at the Glossop Chronicle in 1963.
David was in good company – one of the other Stand Out Awards being presented to none other than international footballer turned broadcaster Ian St John.