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Cleland Thom

Cleland Thom: editor | lecturer | blogger | legal advisor | mentor

Intel |UK national papers |BBC |Sony |United Nations |Smooth Century fm 

My name's Cleland Thom, but don't blame me. Would you choose a name like that? This is where it comes from

I have been described as the Simon Cowell of writing training. 

I am a consultant and trainer in writing, journalism, media and internet law. I also do in-house training, and provide legal advice to many businesses See infographic

My clients include:

  • multinational corporations, including Sony, Intel, United Utilities and Amey
  • all the UK's top media groups
  • more than 100 SMEs
  • UK central government
  • UK local government
  • educational and non-profit organisations
I am:
  • a Cert Ed graduate
  • an NVQ assessor
  • a member of the Society of Editors
  • a professional blogger
  • vice chair of the Chartered Institute of Journalists' Professional Practices Board
  • author of several legal eBooks

I was a journalist for 20 years, and worked on local and national papers.

I edited a group of nine London local papers, and was appraised as being the company's 'best all-round editor for 50 years'.

I ran the flagship NCTJ journalism course at Highbury College, Portsmouth and have prepared hundreds of trainee journalists for their NCTJ exams.

Likes: Arsenal, cats, curry, God, Rolling Stones, coffee, professional cycling

One word that describes me: unsatisfied

Andy Carter

Andy Carter: group head of news | comms director and consultant

BBC |Sky News |Virgin Radio |TLRC |Leeds Council |Northumbria University |Be_Ambitious

I started my broadcasting career in the early 1990s with a local radio station on the south coast of England.  My first interview was with Virginia Bottomley and my first live outside broadcast was from Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice.

I went on to work for the BBC, Sky News and Virgin Radio.

I spent three years as the group head of news for a large commercial broadcaster with responsibility for compliance, legal and training across 27 newsrooms and 60+ journalists. 

'Famously' I once had a date with a judge who wanted me to explain why one of my reporters had got something wrong about a trial he was presiding over.

I switched to PR and communications in 2008 and have been in charge of communications at Leeds City Council, Northumbria University, the London Borough of Sutton council and Peterborough City Council.

I am also a director of my own PR, communications and broadcasting consultancy.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and the Radio Academy.

Likes: fish and chips, sunny days in the Yorkshire Dales, fast cars, technology, scuba diving

One word that describes me: big-hearted

Julian Brouwer

Julian Brouwer: news journalist | columnist | editor

Daily Express |News of the World |The Scotsman |The Sun |Daily Mirror

I have been a journalist in one shape or form for the past 24 years - and coincidentally it was CTJT boss Cleland Thom who gave me my very first job on a little local newspaper called the Harrow Independent, which he edited with some distinction.

Since then I have been all over the place. You name it, I’ve done it. For my sins, I worked on the late and occasionally lamented News of the World.

But I swear to you that I never hacked a phone - mainly because when I worked there we were so low-tech we still used old-fashioned beepers and mobiles the size of house bricks!

I eventually quit the News of the Screws to work as a foreign correspondent in New York and was immediately thrown in at the deep end, covering the shocking death of John F Kennedy Junior, the man lovingly referred to as 'America’s Prince'.

My New York column, This is America, ran in the London Daily Express until the second Gulf War broke out and the newspaper decided it wanted to cover serious news, rather than whimsical tales about the world’s most expensive hamburger.

I currently run my own agency, Manhattan News, and it would be my absolute pleasure to share with students the tips and tricks of the tabloid trade. I am a firm believer that I can turn anyone into a hotshot journalist. Try me: you won’t be disappointed!

Likes: Kate Bush, Chelsea football club, Punk IPA lager, Breaking Bad, American pool (which I am pretty darn good at!)

One word that describes me: patient

Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell: course tutor

Editor/MEN Media/ Trinity Mirror/ Liverpool Daily Post/Freelance journalist

I have been a journalist for 25 years, mainly working on newspapers based in the north west of England.

I started out as a junior reporter on one of the weekly papers in what later became the MEN Media group in Greater Manchester and went on to work for several different papers in the group where my jobs included news editor, deputy editor and sports editor.

I then moved on to the Daily Post in Liverpool as a page designer and sub-editor, working on news, features, business and several stand-alone supplements.

I later returned to the Greater Manchester area and was deputy editor of two titles before taking over as editor of a paper in the MEN Media group.

I also worked as a page designer and sub-editor on the Manchester Evening News in the news, features, business and sports departments.

I got the chance to experience a different side of the job while working for the syndication department at the Manchester Evening News. I sold stories and pictures to the national and international press, TV and websites, negotiated contracts and magazine and book deals, and built up and maintained contacts with journalists from across the globe.

I have a keen interest in web design and I’m currently working on the first of what I hope will be a series of community websites.

Likes: Liverpool FC, music, books, Scotland, watching sport, especially football, cricket and rugby league

One word to describe me: affable

Richard Chamberlain

Richard Chamberlain: journalist | reviewer | blogger

Rhythm |Total Guitar|Classic Rock |Billboard |Musicradar

Music journalism has put me in some fantastic positions and given me countless incredible experiences, whether it be sitting on stage looking out at a Wembley Stadium soon to be filled with 80,000 Robbie Williams fans, hanging out backstage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers or sitting at the drum kit of my childhood hero, there’s always something to smile about.

In the ten years since writing my first gig review I’ve contributed to many of my favourite music titles - Rhythm, Total Guitar, Classic Rock, Billboard, Musicradar and many more. In doing so I’ve been able to tick another hero off my ‘to interview list’ just about every week – I’ve been able to give Slash, Pearl Jam, Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, KISS, Queen, Blink-182, Sheryl Crow, Biffy Clyro and hundreds more a ‘light grilling’.

I’ve spent weekends trudging through mud and interviewing rock icons at the world’s biggest festivals, taken an ear bashing from the legendarily cantankerous Ginger Baker and been threatened with legal action by one of the biggest bands of the last 30 years (and this was before the interview!). Every second of it has been a blast, I could not imagine a job that is more packed full of fun.

Likes: Music (duh), football (if following Coventry City counts…), playing the drums and generally making a right old racket

One word that describes me: determined

Jennie Harborth

Jennie Harborth: proofreader | editor | blogger | web builder | artist


I've always enjoyed reading and writing, so becoming a proofreader, copy and web editor was a natural step.

And, I have spent many years training people in various specialisms.

That’s why I love being the tutor on the proofreading and editing courses.

I’ve spoken three languages since childhood, but my mother-tongue, English, is my favourite with its idiosyncrasies, flexibility and hybrid texture.

It can be finely crafted or rustic and, like a magic carpet, can carry people to places they dream of.

However, accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation are vital to convey the correct meaning and creating superb content. And that's what I try to help CTJT students to achieve.

My other skills include HTML, CSS, website construction, digital graphics, formatting documents and webpages, and painting.

Likes: wildlife, nature, sunrises and rainbows, reading and being creative

One word that describes me: empathic

Justine Holman

Justine Holman: features journalist: editor

Elle |Chat |TV Times |The Express

I am an entertainment, health and travel journalist and editor with over 20 years experience. I have worked both for myself and for other people.

I began my career as a researcher on Elle before working my way up through teen magazines such as Just 17,  and women’s magazines such as Chat and Women’s Weekly, before ending up as features editor on TVTimes.

From there, via a brief stint of freelance work again, I worked as the senior editor on The Express’ Saturday magazine.

I’ve interviewed the likes of Take That, shaken Bruce Willis’ hand, and sat next to Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox on the L.A. set of Friends. I’ve still yet to find a better job than this one.

Whether I’m talking to David Coulthard about F1, or Jerry Springer about his travel plans, there is nothing better than pulling a story together from a 20 minute chat.

My love for entertainment, whether it’s TV, music, books or films, has afforded me an enjoyable, sometimes unpredictable, but never dull career.

I now regularly work for Saturday magazine, as well as The Express’ books and  music section. I also write travel and celebrity travel Q&As for the paper.

I  contribute travel and parenting features to madeformums.com and I am a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Likes: flat whites, 6 Music, cycling along the seafront before anyone else is awake, a great film, running and chatting, digging the allotment

One word that describes me: tenacious

David Porter

Dave porter: Editor journalist | lecturer | consultant

News Associates |Hope Not Hate |MEN Media

I worked as a journalist for 25 years in local newspapers in and around Greater Manchester, latterly as an editor with M.E.N Media.

I teach media law at News Associates in Manchester and in the past have taught journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University and UCLAN in Preston.

I also work as a freelance journalist for HOPE not hate, writing and editing articles for its website, magazine and community newspapers.

I am a member of the Society of Editors (SOE) and an interviewee / assessor for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

Likes: bad jokes, mountain biking, Radio 4

One word that describes me: easygoing

Jo Wiltshire

Jo Wiltshire: journalist | author | lecturer | broadcaster | coach

Mail on Sunday |BBC Radio |University of Herts |Crimson Publishing

I started out in regional newspaper journalism in the mid-1990s with the Eastern Daily Press in Norwich, before moving to The Mail On Sunday as a celebrity interviewer, writer and commissioning editor.

It was a ball! I got to profile all sorts of people including Heath Ledger, Sir Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman and an irate Ivana Trump on her luxury yacht!

I later went freelance, having got married and had two children.

I now specialise in parenting and family issues, and have had three parenting books published. I continue to work as a parenting journalist.

I also lecture in journalism and magazine writing at the University of Hertfordshire, and have marked news and features portfolios for the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

I am a member of the Society of Authors (SOA).

Likes: restaurants, red wine, boat trips, old films, real fires, apostrophes in the right place

One word that describes me: multitasker

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