Glossop Chronicle Editor David Jones scoops Stand Out Award
Friday 10th November 2017 @ 14:50 by Nigel Skinner
Glossop Chronicle News

WINNER: David is presented with his award by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin.


Long-serving Glossop Chronicle editor David Jones has scooped the prestigious title of ‘Stand Out Award’ at this year’s O2 Media Awards 2017 for the North West.

The awards congratulate the cream of the journalistic crop and David was presented with the award for his lengthy service to local journalism which spans an incredible 54 years across the Tameside and Glossop region.

Almost 300 guests attended this year’s glittering awards ceremony staged at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester last night.

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.

As expected many of the awards were presented for coverage of the Manchester Arena attack in May, with a number of victims plus teams from the emergency services also presenting awards during an emotional and highly moving occasion.

But no sooner had shortlisted award candidates and guests taken their seats than David was being summoned to the stage by co-host, BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, to be presented with the very first award of the evening.

As a surprised David accepted the plaque, Louise asked him about his early days in the profession and how different reporting was in the pre multi-social media age.

David explained that when he first embarked upon his career with the Glossop Chronicle in 1963 everything was produced on typewriters. He would then ‘file’ his copy by packaging it up and handing it to the local bus conductor, who would in turn deliver it to the Reporter HQ in Ashton where his stories were ‘set’. A far cry from today’s internet.

Judges acknowledged the services to journalism David had given over the years, reporting on everything from major stories including the Moors Murderers, Shipman, and even chatting to artist Lowry before he was famous.

David said he was ‘surprised’ and although shortlisted for the award, had not expected to win, not least because he was up against tough opposition in the shape of former international footballer turned broadcaster Ian St John.

But as it tuned out on the night both were presented with the ‘outstanding’ title.

THEN AND NOW: The nostalgia page David pens for the paper today often includes articles from 50 years ago – which he originally wrote.

Executive Editor Nigel Skinner said: “David’s story could be a reflection on a bygone age of reporting, but is living proof of the value of local, grass roots journalism to local communities and its value to this very day.

“While Facebook, internet sites and social media all have their place – and David has embraced them all – the weekly Chron is much loved, hugely well supported and respected by local residents and businesses and instrumental in reflecting the community, highlighting local concerns, raising countless amounts of money for good causes, and shaping opinion as a true voice for the community it serves.

“David has lived and worked through many changes in the title’s history, from different ownership, the switch from broadsheet to tabloid and the introduction of colour, not to mention the wholesale changes in recent years of how the news is reported and digested.

“But throughout it all, David has remained the consummate professional newsman, ensuring the Chron is brimming with local news, gossip and campaigns throughout it all. It’s little wonder that he is known as ‘Mr Glossop’ in his hometown.

Managing Director Martin Frost added: “Congratulations to David for contributing to such a great product and to be externally recognised in these prestigious awards in this way is a truly major accomplishment. Nobody deserves it more.”

NOSE FOR NEWS: Glossop Chronicle editor David Jones is still sniffing out the exclusives 54 years after embarking on his career with the newspaper.

CONGRATULATIONS: Editor Nigel Skinner congratulates David at the awards night. The Tameside Reporter also received Highly Commended accolades for Community Publication, Community Journalism and Young Journalist (Lee Wild).