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News #Localandproud editor recognised with honorary degree

A North Staffordshire editor who has played a public role in talking up Stoke-on-Trent has been recognised with an honorary degree.

Staffordshire University graduates Bethan Shufflebotham, Adam Gratton and Ruby Davies pictured with their Editor in Chief Martin Tideswell who was awarded an honorary degree.
Image: Staffordshire University graduates Bethan Shufflebotham, Adam Gratton and Ruby Davies pictured with their Editor in Chief Martin Tideswell who was awarded an honorary degree.

For me to be honoured by my city’s University is incredibly humbling. The award recognises our ethos at The Sentinel and StokeonTrentLive in opening people’s eyes to the good and positive in our region.

Martin Tideswell, Editor in Chief and Honorary Doctor

A North Staffordshire editor who has played a public role in talking up Stoke-on-Trent and its people has been recognised with an honorary degree from Staffordshire University.

Martin Tideswell is Editor in Chief of The Sentinel, Stoke-on-Trent Live, the Staffordshire Newsletter and Post and Times series.

At a ceremony this week, Martin was recognised with the University’s highest honour – Honorary Doctor of the University - for his strong links with the community, for initiatives which promote learning, and as a provider of placement and employment opportunities for Staffordshire University students.

Martin was able to celebrate the award of his honorary degree with three members of his editorial team - Bethan Shufflebotham, Adam Gratton and Ruby Davies - who graduated from the University’s Journalism Degrees.

He said: “Some of our best journalists are Staffordshire University graduates and if I could clone them I would.”

“For me to be honoured by my city’s University is incredibly humbling. The award recognises our ethos at The Sentinel and StokeonTrentLive in opening people’s eyes to the good and positive in our region. I’m only as good as my team and the job they do 24/7 and they make me extremely proud.”

Martin has over 30 years experience as a journalist and since his appointment to Editor in Chief in 2014, he has played a lead role in the life of his native North Staffordshire, helping to champion Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to become UK City of culture, raising the profile of the work of NHS workers locally and of local charities. In keeping with his media outlet's strapline #localandproud, Martin also hosts the annual Our Heroes community awards, Sentinel Business Awards and Stoke-on-Trent Sports Awards which is run in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

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