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Royal Television Society Awards success for UCLan graduates

29 November 2012

Lyndsey Boardman

Recognition for innovative multimedia coverage

Two University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) journalism graduates have been recognised in the Royal Television Society (RTS) North West Awards 2012.

Adam McClean and Paul Duckworth who work for ITV Granada collected the award for Innovation in Multiplatform at the RTS Awards for the team's multimedia coverage of the 2011 riots.

Adam and Paul graduated from the BA (Hons) Journalism course at UCLan in 2010 and have since won several awards for their work at Granada Reports and across ITV News.

UCLan journalism graduate reporting for ITV Granada

Adam now reports for the BAFTA-winning regional news programme and Paul manages the newsgathering operation as a news editor.

The entire news team, many of whom studied at UCLan, won the award for Best Regional News Programme for the fourth year running.

Paul said: "The night of the riots in Manchester was one of the most testing but ultimately rewarding I've experienced as a journalist.

"I'll never forget driving through Salford Precinct as bricks rained down around us. Being part of a team that responded in such a professional manner was a joy.

"In the last few months I've progressed from bulletin producer to news editor for Granada Reports and field producing for ITN programmes, including News at Ten. Being a central part of these brilliant teams is what makes the job worthwhile."

"In the last few months I've progressed from bulletin producer to news editor for Granada Reports and field producing for ITN programmes, including News at Ten. Being a central part of these brilliant teams is what makes the job worthwhile."

Adam said: “During the rioting in Manchester city centre I was able to use social media to report the story from the ground as it happened, in threatening conditions.

"In the wake of the riots I successfully petitioned judges for permission to cover proceedings live on Twitter from the courtroom. At that stage it was a new form of reporting that captivated Twitter users across the nation.

UCLan journalism graduate Paul Duckworth working at ITV Granada

"It was a first for courts in the North West and I enjoyed making use of the most effective and practical platform to tell a story the world wanted to listen to.

"It is such an honour to work with this talented team, and to report for the news programme I grew up watching. UCLan prepared me for an industry that demands the same traditional skills of decades ago, but with the ingenuity to use those skills on platforms that might not yet exist."

"UCLan prepared me for an industry that demands the same traditional skills of decades ago, but with the ingenuity to use those skills on platforms that might not yet exist."

Deborah Robinson, Course Leader for BA(Hons) Journalism at UCLan, commented: “I am delighted that Adam and Paul have been recognised by the Royal Television Society for their innovative journalism skills.

"They have been given a wonderful opportunity by Granada to drive its social media content forward and have applied their talents and creative thinking with great success. We are very proud of what Paul and Adam have achieved.”