‘Fantastic Four’ O2 award nominations for Reporter and Chronicle

The Tameside Reporter and Glossop Chronicle teams are celebrating after earning a clutch of nominations in this year’s prestigious O2 Media Awards for the North West.

Last year the Tameside Reporter was proud to earn a hat-trick of nominations in the awards, but this year the newspaper group is celebrating going one better, with no less than four nominations.

The independent Tameside Reporter title is nominated in both the Community Publication of the Year and Community Journalism categories.

LEE WILD: Nominated in Young Journalist category

We are also delighted to announce that our reporter Lee Wild has been nominated in the Young Journalist (Print) category.

While long serving newspaper man David Jones – who edits the Glossop Chronicle and who has worked as a journalist for the Reporter and Chronicle for an incredible 54 years – has been nominated for the 02 Stand Out Award.

Lee, who was also nominated at last year’s awards, said: “I am thrilled once again to have been nominated among some fantastic journalists and I’d like to thank my editor Nigel Skinner again for all of his support.”

HONOUR: The Glossop Chronicle’s David Jones.

While David, who has dedicated his entire career to journalism, added: “It is a real privilege and honour to have been nominated for this award.”

DELIGHTED: Editor Nigel Skinner.

Reporter and Chronicle editor Nigel Skinner said he was absolutely delighted about the nominations.

“It is absolutely magnificent news that the Tameside Reporter and Glossop Chronicle teams have been nominated in these categories in the prestigious 02 Media Awards for the north west.

“The names and organisations we are listed alongside in the awards include 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 to community journalism.

“When you discover that David has been nominated for the Stand Out Award alongside none other than famous Liverpool footballer, TV presenter and pundit Ian St John, then you start to get an idea of the accomplishment and achievement this represents.

“The Reporter and Chronicle are proud to be at the heart of their communities as traditional weekly family publications, packed with community news and sport and supporting many good causes and campaigns.

“Our close work with schools has once again been recognised by the judges for the important role we are helping to play within our school communities and in helping to train the journalists of tomorrow.

“Key to our success in these awards too has been the partnership and integration forged between the newspaper and Tameside Community Radio – again an element recognised by the judges – and not least for our ‘Bring A Pound Day’ campaign on behalf of the Tameside Macmillan Unit which raised an incredible £7,000 in just the one day.”

Journalists involved in the coverage of the Manchester Arena terror attack in May naturally feature heavily in this year’s awards shortlist.

There are six individual and team award nominations for Manchester Evening News staff, including Best Daily Newspaper and Best On-Line journalism.

ITV Granada Reports leads the broadcasters with 12 nominations; BBC North West Tonight has nine and Radio City tops the radio chart with five O2 nominations, including one for the station’s legendary presenter and former Liverpool star Ian St.John. Local TV station That’s Lancashire is the surprise of the year with four nominations for its young team.

Writers and photographers at the Liverpool Echo and Daily Post feature strongly with 13 nominations.

Nicola Green, Director of Corporate Affairs at O2 said: “The volume and standard of entries this year has been unprecedented. Judges had the monumental task of selecting a shortlist from hundreds of exceptional portfolios. We want to thank all those, who by entering the competition each year, continue to make an O2 Award so highly prized in the media industry. We look forward to announcing the best of the best at the awards night in Manchester.”

The O2 Media Awards presentation evening is on November 9 at Manchester’s Ethiad Stadium. BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin will host the event alongside Dave Massey, Head of Corporate Communications at O2.