Colin Stone

Senior Reporter, Radio Clyde
Gordon Masterton Magnusson Award winner 2012
BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism 2013

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"Without a shadow of a doubt I owe my career to GCU. The opportunities I had as a student were second to none. Not just through the lectures and seminars but the high-quality equipment and facilities students have access to such as the radio studio."

Colin is one of Scotland’s star journalists. He started off presenting on the University’s radio station, Radio Caley, at the age of 17. Since then he has rocketed to success as a broadcast journalist. 

In his final year and after university, he worked for a number of radio stations such as Radio Forth, YOUR Radio and Real Radio before making the switch to television. A chance meeting with an old contact led to a job as the roving reporter for STV’s The Riverside Show (now Live at Five) which was his first official role in front of a camera. He then became a reporter and news anchor for STV News. 

Currently, he is a Senior Reporter at Clyde Radio where he covers the biggest stories in Glasgow. He says: “Honestly, I don’t think I’d be in the job I’m in or have had the career I’ve had if it weren’t for GCU and I’m not just saying that. The course, the lecturers, the stuff that I’d learned basically set me up perfectly for the job that I’m now in. 

“There were so factors to why GCU was the perfect launchpad for me, certainly in the media. There are so many of my colleagues in my year and the years above doing similarly brilliant things in radio, TV, print. It’s just a testament to how successful GCU is in producing these really top level journalists. 

“I wouldn’t say I’m quite there yet but this has been the perfect launchpad, I couldn’t ask for more.” 

Colin’s ability as a journalist was obvious as a student. He, along with fellow coursemates, started a European Football podcast, gathering 20,000 subscribers in the space of three months and the project lasted two years. Nowadays, he co-presents a podcast called Seesaw Parade where he discusses the news in a more light-hearted manner. 

While at GCU, he was awarded the prestigious Gordon Masterton/Magnusson Award. Colin then used the prize to go to the 2012 Olympic Games. He says: “I wasn’t in Team GB, but I was standing trackside interviewing some of the athletes. It was without a doubt the greatest experience of my life, and I would not have been able to do it were it not for the Magnus Magnusson awards, and they will forever be in my gratitude and my thanks because I simply couldn’t have done it without them.” 

“They’re there to assist you in your career and to use the potential that you have to go forward and to make that potential into something more, a career, a life, and certainly the award that I got helped me go down to the 2012 Olympics and that then was the catalyst for what I do now.” 

In his spare time, Colin loves watching and playing sports, drums and wrestling. He also released a debut deathcore album called Guise.

Find out more about Colin on his website or follow him on Twitter

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