Media student is highly commended at the O2 awards
Joshua Worrell, 18 a BTEC media student at Cronton Sixth Form as has been celebrating this week after he was shortlisted for the O2 Media Awards in recognition of his journalistic work.
Joshua, who is undertaking work experience with the Widnes Vikings, was informed about the awards by his media tutor Sean Loughlin at College earlier in the year who suggested he entered the competition due to the quality of his journalistic work both in College and for the Widnes Vikings.
With the support of Sean, Joshua entered his portfolio of work and was extremely excited when he received a call six months later to say that that he had been shortlisted for the Emerging Talent Award. This achievement is extra special for Joshua, as he was the only College student shortlisted. The other three successful nominees were from universities. He was then invited to the glitzy ceremony which took place at Liverpool Cathedral on Wednesday 6th November.
Joshua, who was previously from Wade Deacon High School was pleased to receive a ‘Highly Commended Runner Up’ award at the ceremony which was presented to him by Patrick McDowell from the Young Apprentice. He said, “I had a fantastic evening at the O2 Media Awards. The Cathedral was an amazing venue and I was overwhelmed by the whole occasion. It was a wonderful experience for me to mix with some of the top journalists in the country and a fabulous achievement to have been shortlisted at such a young age. I am only just starting my career as sports journalist this accolade will look amazing on my CV.
“I owe a lot to my media tutor Sean Loughlin at Cronton; he has given me some incredible advice and support during my time at the College and has tailored my work towards sports journalism because this is the direction I want my career to go in. Also the Widnes Vikings for the opportunities they have given to me. It has all helped me achieve the recognition I received this week.”
Sean said, “I am really proud of how well Joshua has done in this competition. His enthusiasm and strong work ethic will definitely set him on the road to success in sports journalism in the future.’