Reporter and Chronicle journalist scoops award
Tuesday 28th June 2016 09:57 News Posted by Adam Higgins

One of our own journalists is celebrating after scooping a prestigious award at a glittering ceremony held by his university in Manchester.

Adam Higgins, who has worked with the Glossop Chronicle and Tameside Reporter since 2009, saw off competition from around 100 other students to be chosen by a panel of industry-based judges to take home the coveted ‘Journalism Award’ at the end of his three-year course.

He received the trophy from BBC Breakfast journalist Amber Haque at the University of Salford’s inaugural Create Salford awards dinner at the Hotel Football, opposite Old Trafford stadium.

Adam, who will graduate with first-class honours in July, was nominated by a number of his lecturers after completing several exciting work placements during his degree – including at BBC Sport, Cavendish Press and Manchester United Football Club.

The 21-year-old football referee, from Simmondley, said: “It was an absolute privilege to be invited along to the ceremony and nominated for the award, so to win made it even more special.

“I didn’t know I had been chosen until I received an e-mail a few weeks ago, which was a pleasant surprise.

“I’ve had the most amazing three years at MediaCityUK – arguably the best place in the country to study journalism – and I’ve learnt so much from the university staff who have been incredibly supportive throughout.

“One of my lecturers, Martin Hamer, is an experienced journalist but has worked as an academic for 20 years. When speaking to the judges, he said I was the most competent, knowledgeable and delightful student he has ever come across, which completely blew me away when it was read out on the night.

“Overall it was a fantastic evening at a great venue and the best possible way to finish my degree. My family, friends and colleagues are very proud, which makes it all the more worthwhile.”

Adam Higgins with Journalism Award

Award: Adam was chosen by a panel of professional journalists from organisations including the BBC and ITV

 

By David Jones