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Cleland Thom

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
I am:
  • 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.'

Julian Brouwer

Julian Brouwer: 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

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 journalism career in the early 1990s with a local radio station on the south coast of England.  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 three local authorities and a university.

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

Currently, I am using my extensive digital, social media and video skills to help a major UK utility company improve its customer communications.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).  I volunteer for the UK Hospital Broadcasting Association and am the national lead for external relations.

Jennie Harborth

Jennie Harborth: proofreader | editor | blogger | web builder 

CMP tutor | QPAC system programmer and trainer | Clean Copy editing

I am the 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

Justine Holman: features journalist | editor

Elle |Chat |TV Times |The Express | Liberate media

I am tutor on CMP's copywriting course, and the 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 am also a professional copywriter, and have experience in running integrated campaigns combining PR, social media and developing content.

I am a copywriting consultant for  Liberate Media, and run client-based services incorporating blogging and copywriting. B2B experience, development and content delivery, and B2C development across a wide range of clients. 

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

Dave Griffiths

Dave Griffiths: journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader

PA |Manchester Evening News |Observer |Orange

I am a freelance journalist, writer, sub editor and proofreader with 26 years' experience.

I have worked for PA's website Ananova, the Manchester Evening News, for Orange's wapsite, and for various weekly papers in Cheshire, Lancashire and London.

I have also done several shifts on the Observer.

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