Chris scoops his ri­vals to lift top award in journalism

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

A stu­dent jour­nal­ist from Ruther­glen scooped a top award af­ter bag­ging an in­ter­view with one of the UK’s big­gest mu­sic stars.

Chris McQuade, 34, won Scoop of the Year at the an­nual Scot­tish Stu­dent Journalism Awards (SSJA) held in Glas­gow’s Na­tional Pip­ing Cen­tre.

A for­mer pupil at St Mar­garet Mary’s Sec­ondary, Chris im­pressed judges with his piece on Shaun Ry­der, who has en­joyed huge suc­cess with the Happy Mon­days and Black Grape.

Ry­der is no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to pin down for in­ter­view, mak­ing Chris’ achieve­ment all the more re­mark­able.

Chris, who has car­ried out work ex­pe­ri­ence with the Ruther­glen Re­former, said: “I am de­lighted to have won Scoop of the Year as it’s amaz­ing to be recog­nised by in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. It shows that hard work pays off.

“I had lots of sto­ries to sub­mit this year so it was quite hard to se­lect the right story for the right field. I was just glad to be at the cer­e­mony and win­ning the award was a very wel­come bonus.”

Chris, who will grad­u­ate from Glas­gow Clyde Col­lege this sum­mer, has a back­ground in con­struc­tion and didn’t start writ­ing un­til he was 30.

He added: “I thought I would try journalism when the hous­ing mar­ket crashed and the con­struc­tion in­dus­try suf­fered. The in­dus­try is chang­ing but I be­lieve that jour­nal­ists can change with it.”

The award was judged by a panel of in­dus­try ex­perts. As part of his prize, Chris has been in­vited to at­tend a con­fer­ence in Carlisle hosted by event spon­sors the So­ci­ety of Edi­tors.

Karen Bale, Journalism and Me­dia lec­turer at Glas­gow Clyde Col­lege, said: “Win­ning Scoop of the Year is some­thing we are es­pe­cially proud of, and Chris McQuade’s in­ter­view with Shaun Ry­der is some­thing that even the most es­tab­lished jour­nal­ist would strug­gle to se­cure.”

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