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Praise for Charles...


Feature Writer of the Year (Special Commendation)
Guardian Student Media Awards 2009

Newcomer of the Year (Highly Commended)
EDF Energy East of England Regional Media Awards 2012


"Charles Thomson has a good writing style and is a credit to his newsroom. He is also a livewire who at times must turn his editor's hair white."
Judges, EDF Energy East of England Regional Media Awards

"I am a fan of Charles. He's a young guy having a great career and making a lot of noise. Reminds me of me way, way back in the dark ages. Like this guy a lot."
J Randy Taraborrelli , Author

"With a passion for research and news... [Charles] has excelled at the highest level and is always a pleasure to work with. Charles's constant research and questioning uncover human interest tales that tell us all a little something about the world we live in. Most importantly, he does all that with dogged determination, humility and compassion for those he deals with. He's a credit to the YA team and will go on to win many more awards."
Steve Neale , News Editor - Yellow Advertiser / Owner - Cabbage Media

"A great guy... One of my favourite people. "
Jack Ashford, Motown Legend

James Brown: The Lost Album

Feature Writer of the Year - Special Commendation Award
Guardian Student Media Awards 2009

"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."
Judge comment, Guardian Awards 2009

"The judges felt this exceptional piece of work should be recognised, remarking that the feature was 'an extraordinary sustained piece on James Brown, a poignant portrait of a man in his last days."
Judging Panel, Guardian Awards 2009

"A seminal piece of music journalism."
Tony Best, Wax Poetics

"Good job! It was right on. I don't even know how you got some of that info. Amazing."
Hollie Farris, Bandleader for James Brown

"Great job on the Brown story... An excellent read and very true."
Damon Wood, Guitarist for James Brown

The Big Payback

"Thank you Charles Thomson. God bless you, sir. You brought tears to my eyes. That was the real James Brown."
Derrick Monk, Producer and friend to James Brown

"You have produced several excellent pieces about Mr Brown and his extended family and I appreciate the quality, care and respect that is always evident in your work."
Keith Jenkins, Guitarist for James Brown

How Michael Jackson's Movie Dream Turned Into A Nightmare

"I loved your article. Very well written. Thank you for making me a part of it. It was an amazing experience that, thanks to you, I'll be able to forever re-live with my friends and family. You're much appreciated."
Ken Yesh , Supporting Cast, Michael Jackson's 'One More Chance'

"One of the best written, truest and most emotionally balanced articles on Michael Jackson's legacy... I'm so very proud and respectful of your skill level and will cherish this as a reminder of what should have evolved... My time working for Michael Jackson is something that I'll cherish for the rest of my life and your article will leave an indelible mark on my deepest, heartfelt memories."
Stuart Backerman , Publicist for Michael Jackson, 2002-2004

Michael Jackson Conspiracy

"I can say without hesitation that this is the best piece I think I've ever seen written about my career and my struggle for justice. I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for working so hard to put together an absolutely stellar piece."
Aphrodite Jones, Writer and Broadcaster



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