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THOMSON, CHARLES

Freelance Journalist

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Charles Thomson is a multi-award winning journalist, having achieved accolades in fields as diverse as court reporting, showbiz, feature writing and investigative journalism. His work has been praised by journalists including 14-time New York Times bestseller J Randy Taraborrelli and legendary AP court reporter Linda Deutsch.

A freelance writer since his late teens, by age 21 Charles had won a prestigious Guardian Student Media Award and become one of the youngest writers ever to be given his own blog at the Huffington Post (US). He even found time, in the middle of writing his university dissertation, to become the first journalist in the world to report Michael Jackson's imminent arrival in London to announce his ill-fated This Is It concerts.

Since then he has been commended three times at the EDF Regional Media Awards. In 2013 he received a Highly Commended award in the 'Newcomer of the Year' category - an award given for interviews with controversial characters Michael Barrymore and Lord Hanningfield, and the exclusive revelation of a child sex abuse cover-up in a Jehovah's Witness church.

In 2015 he was Highly Commended in the 'Campaign of the Year' category after successfully lobbying for the closure of a dangerous pathway which caused a young man's death.

At the same ceremony he was declared 'Weekly Print Journalist of the Year'. The award was given for his road safety campaigning and two additional pieces of investigative journalism. One exposed schools quietly sacking teachers who had sex abuse complaints upheld against them, instead of reporting them to police. Another revealed how a life-sentence murder convict had escaped prison and remained at large after bureaucracy meant a Government agency refused to tell police where he was hiding out, for fear of breaching 'Data Protection' laws.

Charles is best known for his in-depth features. In 2009 he was handed a Highly Commended award in the 'Feature Writer of the Year' category at the Guardian Student Media Awards, for an article about the final years of James Brown. Awards judges described the piece as, "Fantastic - incredibly well researched, great quotes, great access and very well-written. We thought it was the best piece of student journalism we'd read in a long time, if not ever."

Less than a year later his article 'One of the Most Shameful Episodes in Journalistic History', which examined the media's reporting of the Michael Jackson trial, went viral and has since become his most enduring work to date, shared by fans around the world every year on the anniversary of Jackson's acquittal. Among its fans is Jackson's lawyer from the trial, Thomas Mesereau, who sends it to journalists as a resource. It has been referenced in two popular books on the singer - Joe Vogel's 'Man in the Music' and Randall Sullivan's 'Untouchable'.

Key Skill:Journalist Experience:Senior

Other Skills:Journalist (Senior), Current Affairs (Senior), Feature Writing (Senior), Arts / Entertainment Review (Senior), Investigative (Senior), Law (Senior), Lifestyle (Senior), Politics (Senior), Popular Culture (Senior), Travel/ Tourism (Senior), Copywriter (Senior), Arts / Entertainment (Senior), Law (MiddleWeight), Lifestyle (Senior), Travel / Tourism (MiddleWeight), Editor / Proofreader (MiddleWeight), Legal (MiddleWeight), Travel / Tourism (MiddleWeight), Researchers (Senior)

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URL: http://www.charles-thomson.net        

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Award Winner
Charles has four journalism awards under his belt, given for portfolios of work which included profile interviews, in-depth features, court reporting, showbiz and investigative journalism.

In 2009 he was Highly Commended as a feature writer at the Guardian Student Media Awards.

In 2013 he was Highly Commended in the 'Newcomer of the Year' category at the EDF Regional Media Awards.

At the same ceremony in 2015 he was Highly Commended as in the 'Campaign of the Year' category and won 'Weekly Print Journalist of the Year'.
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Against the Grain
Unlike many reporters, Charles can be relied upon not to toe the establishment or mainstream media line.

At age 21 he was given a Huffington Post blog after several articles on his own Blogspot, criticising shoddy mainstream popularity, went viral - one at one time generating almost a million hits on Google (see attachment). He used the platform to continue challenging dominant narratives.

His newspaper journalism has exposed multiple religious and establishment sex abuse cover-ups, repeatedly prompted action over Government shortcomings and won him several awards.


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Highly Recommended
14-time New York Times bestseller J Randy Taraborrelli has repeatedly endorsed Charles and referenced his work in his biography of Michael Jackson.

Linda Deutsch, legendary AP court reporter, praised Charles as a 'very good interviewer'.

Judges at the Guardian Student Media Awards described his work as 'exceptional' and 'the best piece of student journalism we'd read in a long time, if not ever'.

Judges at the EDF Regional Media Awards said he was a 'livewire' whose work 'evidenced responsible reporting, confidence of contacts and readers, and consistently high journalism'.

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