Tamworth Informed reporter shortlisted for a Midlands Media Award

Sunday, 21st October 2018

TAMWORTH Informed are really proud and happy to announce that one of our reporters has been shortlisted for a Midlands Media Award.

Edna, who can often be seen interviewing on our videos has been shortlisted in the final six for the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ category. Others in the shortlist include reporters for ITV Central News and Global Newsroom Midlands who produce news for a number of radio stations in their group.

Having spent 35 years teaching and then a decade as a bookkeeper for her family electronics company, Edna became a reporter/interviewer for Tamworth Informed in July 2017.

Her initial interviews in the summer of 2017 were with two actors Margaret Jackman (Game of Thrones, Risen) and Martin Balantyne (Batman, Harry Potter) which she followed up with the Colonel of the Mercian Regiment, the High Sherriff & Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire and also the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. 

She then interviewed candidates and winners for the Local and General Elections in Tamworth.  Travelled to Westminster to interview the Tamworth MP in Portcullis House.

Edna has also worked interviewing many local charities and reporting from events.   Apart from interviewing adults her teaching experience helped with talking to children.  Her coverage of the Ride to the Wall is widely seen as the best in 2017 including the interview with Bernie and Marlow.

Sadly, this turned out to be Bernie’s last interview.  Two months later Edna was invited to cover the Memorial service for Bernie at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Laurie Upshon, head of the judging panel, commented:  “We were very impressed by both the volume and the quality of entries this year. In particular, we were delighted to see strong competition in the newcomer category. Here entries came from all branches of the media and across the Midlands, making the selection for the shortlist very difficult.

“We were also pleased to see the difference starting to be made by the introduction of local democracy reporters in helping to scrutinise those in authority.”

Edna interviewing Tamworth MP, Chris Pincher in Westminster.
Edna interviewing Tamworth MP, Chris Pincher in Westminster.

Three stories were singled out for the nomination in the Newcomer of the Year category and these were:

The Aeathfleda sculpture coverage:

This included taking a grinder to the sculpture in the workshop!  Her coverage of the sculpture and its unveiling was so comprehensive that ITV Central News used the Tamworth Informed footage. Significantly she also obtained interviews no one else did with the artist’s family. The coverage can be seen here.

The 2017, 10th Anniversary Ride To The Wall:

This story received praise all round by the Bikers, RTTW and other military groups as being the best coverage of the day. The Interview with Bernie and Marlow is poignant as Bernie sadly died two months later and Tamworth Informed was asked to video the Remembrance Service at the National Memorial Arboretum due to Edna’s sensitivity when interviewing people at the RTTW. The coverage can be seen here.

The Machine gun Preacher:

This interview we believe is exclusive.  Whilst the BBC have interviewed the actor who played Sam Childers in the Hollywood film about his life we believe no one in the UK has interviewed the man himself about his life as an armed Preacher in Africa where he literally fights fire with fire. The coverage can be seen here.

Sponsored by HSBC UK, Birmingham City University and creative agency Bareface, the Midlands Media Awards ceremony will take place at Edgbaston Stadium on Friday, 23 November.