Belfast Telegraph

Friday 28 November 2014

My inspiration: Thomas Hawkins

Thomas Hawkins is at the helm of the Tele's new ipad app
Thomas Hawkins is at the helm of the Tele's new ipad app

Thomas Hawkins, iPad journalist for the Belfast Telegraph, explains how an interest in technology has helped him as he works with the latest innovation in the newspaper industry.

Since my first days as a journalist I have been interested in newspaper design and how an engaging layout draws the reader into the story.

In this regard, it was a real inspiration to work alongside Richard Walker, editor and design guru at the Sunday Herald.

Richard creates layouts and design concepts that are works of art. These designs were reinforced with a vivid editorial line that helped give the paper a unique identity and clear focus.

It was through developing design skills alongside Richard that I learned to use computer programs and in doing so increased my exposure to many forms of technology, which now helps me working with the iPad.

I am constantly checking out the competition. Seeing how others tackle the challenges that are facing the newspaper industry always inspires and helps shape my own decisions. I find it exciting to be involved with the Belfast Telegraph as it continues to innovate and find new ways to reach its readership.

The Belfast Telegraph once again proved its success by picking up the Website of the Year award at the CIPR NI Media Awards on Friday night.

I have been fortunate that, as sports editor of The Irish News, my father faced many of the challenges I have had to deal with in my own career. His hard work, determination and unerring instinct when making editorial decisions is a continual source of inspiration to me.

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