Cleland Thom: editor | lecturer | blogger | legal advisor | mentor
Sony |UK national papers |BBC |United Nations |Smooth Century FM
I am CMP's founder and principal.
I am a consultant and trainer in writing, journalism, media and internet law.
I also do in-house training courses in copywriting and webwriting, and provide legal advice to many businesses See infographic
I ran the flagship NCTJ journalism course at Highbury College, Portsmouth and have prepared hundreds of trainee journalists for their NCTJ diploma exams and NQJ / NCE.
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
- a Cert Ed graduate
- an NVQ assessor
- a member of the Society of Editors
- a professional blogger
- 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.'
Writer | columnist | journalist | editor
UK national newspapers | UK national magazines | New York magazines
I am CMP's tutor in non-fiction writing and music journalism.
I have been a professional writer for over 20 years, starting out on local newspapers and then quickly moving on to some of Britain's top national papers.
I'm an avid music fan, and an experienced reviewer. I had my own music column that was syndicated across local newspapers in London, and have written about everything from the Rolling Stones to local pub gigs.
As well as regular journalistic work, I have been a prolific writer of short stories, plays, feature articles, graphic novels and personal columns.
I am currently working with a comic-book artist on a graphic novel called Beltane 5, which mixes drama with the supernatural.
My writing has taken me all around the world and to New York, where I worked for some of America's top publications and also found time to pen a daily column for the Daily Express.
Andy Carter: group head of news | comms director and consultant
BBC |Sky News |Virgin Radio |TLRC |Leeds Council |Northumbria University |Be Ambitious
I am CMP's tutor in broadcasting, PR and social media marketing.
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.
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.
Ian Campbell: editor | subeditor | freelance journalist
MEN Media |Trinity Mirror |Liverpool Daily Post
I am tutor on CMP's news and specialist journalism courses.
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.
Then I went on to work for several titles in the group where my jobs included news editor, deputy editor and sports editor.
I moved on to the Daily Post in Liverpool as a page designer and subeditor, 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 subeditor 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.
Richard Chamberlain: journalist | reviewer | blogger
Rhythm |Total Guitar|Classic Rock |Billboard |Musicradar
I am CMP's music journalism course tutor.
Music journalism has put me in some fantastic positions and given me countless incredible experiences.
They include 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.
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.
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!).
Jennie Harborth: proofreader | editor | blogger | web builder
CMP tutor | QPAC system programmer and trainer | Clean Copy editing
I am tutor on CMP's proofreading, editing and SEO courses.
I've always enjoyed reading and writing, so becoming a proofreader, copy and web editor was a natural step forward.
And, I have spent many years training people in various specialisms.
I’ve spoken three languages since childhood, but my mother-tongue, English, is my favourite with its idiosyncrasies, flexibility and hybrid texture.
However, accurate spelling, grammar and punctuation are vital for conveying the correct meaning and creating superb content. And that's what I try to help CMP students to achieve.
My other skills include HTML, CSS, website construction, digital graphics, formatting documents and webpages, and painting.
Justine Holman: features journalist | editor
Elle |Chat |TV Times |The Express | Liberate media
I am tutor on CMP's lifestyle and magazine journalism courses.
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 of 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.
And I am a consultant to Liberate Media.
I contribute travel and parenting features to madeformums.com and I am a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).