A Portadown man is Northern Ireland’s sole representative in the running for a national radio award.
Jordan Moates has made the shortlist in the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ category within the annual IRN News awards open to commercial radio stations.
The 24-year-old reporter submitted a 10-minute highlights package as a showcase for his work from December 2012 to the end of 2013 with Downtown Radio and Cool FM.
Now he is in contention with two rivals - Heart Four Counties’ Amy Woodfield and Tom Swarbrick of LBC 97.3 - for the coveted honour.
Jordan will travel to England next month for a ceremony in London’s Century Club.
“It is a real honour to have made the shortlist and now it is just a case of crossing my fingers and looking forward to the big night,” he said. “My entry included a special feature on the homeless plus various political events covered over a 12-month period.
“The homeless feature was something that attracted a lot of attention at the time as we interviewed a former businessman who had lost everything practically in the recession and, off the back of the report, he ended up getting a job offer.
“This business is all about working together and I owe my colleagues a big ‘thank you’ for the support since getting into the industry.
“After completing my degree in politics at Queen’s I then studied a Masters in Journalism at Coleraine’s University of Ulster and radio really grabbed my interest.
“At the time I was obviously looking at different areas of the media but loved the radio format and managed to complete my Masters alongside working for City Beat.
“I initially joined Cool FM and Downtown Radio doing shifts building up to five days a week before securing a full-time contract.
“It is a brilliant environment in which to work and I love every minute of getting out and about reporting on the news and meeting people.
“To be the only one from Northern Ireland on the overall shortlist is a wonderful honour.”
Jordan will certainly have plenty of support from the area.