FORMER Hastings Observer journalist Robert Alderson has been named reporter of the year at the NCTJ Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
He joined the Observer as a trainee reporter in July 2009 and passed his senior journalism exams earlier this year with the highest marks in the country.
After two years as a much-valued member of the editorial team, he left in July this year to become online editor for arts and culture website It’s Nice That.
Rob said: “It was fantastic to win the award and a genuine surprise. I really enjoyed my time at the Observer and there is definitely a part of me that will be forever Hastings.”
Editor-in-Chief Keith Ridley said: “Hastings is a wonderful town for any journalist, and Rob certainly made the most of his time with us.
“He threw himself into community life, too, which is always the mark of a good reporter.
“Given that this was his first job in newspapers, Hastings will always be special to Rob. And we feel proud, too, that this town – and the Observer – gave him a start to what we know will be a very special career. We wish him continued success.”