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Reporter team enjoy celebratory night at O2 Media Awards

The Tameside Reporter team is celebrating after scooping a hat-trick of accolades at this year’s prestigious O2 Media Awards for the North West.

The publication was nominated in both Weekly Newspaper and Specialist Publication categories.

Plus our reporter Lee Wild was nominated in the Weekly Newspaper Reporter category.

At a glittering awards ceremony held at Chester Races last Thursday night, the team came away with Highly Commended awards in all three categories.

More than 30 working editors and executives from newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and on-line publications were involved in the judging process, with more entries than ever in this year’s highly competitive awards.

Judges said they were impressed by the way staff at the Reporter had re-invented the 160-year-old title over the last four years, creating a viable local newspaper alongside community radio station Tameside Radio.

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin hosted the evening’s celebrations.

Reporter and Chronicle editor Nigel Skinner said he was delighted and the awards were well deserved following years of hard work and dedication.

“It is a magnificent achievement for the Tameside Reporter team to scoop awards at this prestigious annual event which are the biggest awards of their kind in the north west.

“The names and organisations we are listed alongside included the BBC, Granada Reports, and major regional newspapers, and so this is a huge testament to the hard work and dedication displayed by the entire team here.

“The Tameside Reporter is proud to be at the heart of the community as a traditional weekly family publication, packed with community news and sport and supporting many good causes and campaigns.

“Our educational enrichment schools programme also picked up an award in the special publications category, recognition by the judges of the important role we are helping to play within our school communities and in helping to train the journalists of tomorrow.

“Congratulations also go to our very own reporter Lee Wild. Ironically, Lee actually penned his first story published in the Reporter for one of our school newspapers – when he was just seven years old and a primary school pupil at Denton’s Manor Green Primary.”

Lee faced competition from more than 40 journalists to be named in the final four on the night.

“Key to our success in these awards has been the partnership and integration forged between the newspaper and Tameside Radio – again an element recognised by the judges,” added Nigel.

“Earlier this year we celebrated the Reporter’s full 160th year in print – and to be in the winning line-up for these awards is truly the icing on the birthday cake.”

The O2 Awards in the North West are the biggest regional press awards of the year.

Nicola Green, Director of Communications and Reputation at O2 UK said: “The presentation is a celebration of some superb journalism and a reminder of how important the regional media is to local communities.”