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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, and 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 and organisations

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
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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 a journalist and proofreader with some 25 years' experience, and I am a tutor on CMP's proofreading, music journalism and music blogging courses. 

I started out on local newspapers and quickly moved on to some of Britain's top national papers.

I worked as a proofreader for a group of newspapers and a host of other London-based organisations, so I am used to finding errors that even eagle-eyed subeditors miss.

As well as working as a proofreader, I run a successful news agency Manhattan News, which supplies US-based news and features to national papers in the UK.

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.

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.

Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell: editor | subeditor | writer | journalist

MEN Media |Trinity Mirror |Liverpool Daily Post 

I am tutor on CMP's webediting, subediting, business writing and English writing skills courses.

I have been involved in writing, editing and subediting copy throughout most of my career. 

As a journalist, I developed a strong command of English grammar, spelling and punctuation and the ability to write clearly, concisely and with the reader in mind.

As a member of management, I became experienced in writing effective memos, reports, emails and other documents to directors and management team members.

I worked as a revise editor on the Daily Post in Liverpool, checking the final page proofs, and made corrections before releasing the pages to the production department for printing.

I also liaised with production and printing staff to help resolve any technical problems and made sure deadlines were met.

I have also proofread publications including books, short stories and college teaching aids, and also produced a number of stand-alone publications, from what's on guides to programmes for sporting events.

These involved checking the final proofs and liaising with production staff.

As a regional daily newspaper sub-editor my duties included checking copy for factual, grammatical and punctation errors, working to tight deadlines.

I worked for the Daily Post, and the Manchester Evening News, as a page designer and subeditor.

I was also editor of a local newspaper and website within the MEN Media group, and am experienced in all areas of webediting.

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.  

In the past, I used my extensive digital, social media and video skills to help a major UK utility company improve its customer communications.

I am currently working in local government as the head of communications for the City of York Council.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and the Public Relations and Communications Association. I volunteer for the UK Hospital Broadcasting Association as national training manager. I am also the chair of trustees for a charity based in Leeds.

Paul Clark

Paul Clark: sports journalist | music journalist | writer | lecturer| subeditor | web developer 

Sports Beat Agency |North West Regional Assembly |CSV Manchester

I am a tutor on CMP’s sports journalism courses.

I started my journalism career as a subeditor for a political journal based in Staffordshire, producing publications specific to a number of government departments.

I have also worked as a sports reporter for Sports Beat Agency, producing copy for both the national papers and specialist sports publications.

I have worked in public relations, promoting ECDL, for the now defunct North West Regional Assembly.

When I worked for CSV Manchester, I was editor of the magazine produced by the organisation’s volunteers. During my time there, I began my teaching career as a media tutor on the print and online journalism courses.

I have been a lecturer for over 11 years at a number of HE institutions and have taught a variety of courses including news, magazine, sports, magazine and online journalism programmes.

I’m currently working as a freelance journalist, alongside my other teaching responsibilities, writing for a number of magazines and online music sites.

Rachel Finnegan

Rachel Finnegan: freelance editor | proofreader

Irish Academic Editing | Member of SfEP and AFEPI

I am the tutor for students on CMP’s proofreading and editing course.

I have a BA and a PhD in classics, and am a member of both the Society of Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) and the Association of Freelance Editors, Proofreaders and Indexers of Ireland (AFEPI).

I run my own editing business, Irish Academic Editing. My skills include proofreading, copyediting, substantive editing, editorial training, and academic writing.

My clients include academic publishers such as Swales & Willis (for Routledge), Irish Academic Press and Colourpoint Educational Books, local authorities, academic institutions, and individual writers / researchers.

I was a lecturer in arts and humanities for 20 years and have published five academic books and numerous journal articles in the area of classics and the history of 18th century travel and collecting.

Dave Griffiths

Dave Griffiths: journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader

Press Association |Manchester Evening News |Orange

I am a freelance journalist, writer, subeditor and proofreader with 27 years' experience.

I have worked for Press Association'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.

Jennie Harborth

Jennie Harborth: proofreader | editor | blogger | web builder | ebook publisher

CMP tutor | CMP document specialist | Clean Copy Publishing 

I am the tutor for students on CMP's SEO course and the Self-publishing course.

Having spent many years training people in various specialisms, becoming a tutor was a logical step. I enjoy helping people realise their potential.

My skills include HTML, CSS, website construction and design, and digital graphics.

I am also CMP's document specialist, so I format, edit and publish CMP's various documents and ebooks.

I have also carried out several SEO projects for CMP, which has helped them achieve #1 position on Google.

Justine Holman

Justine Holman: features journalist | editor | copywriter | consultant

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 and PR consultant for Liberate Media, and run client-based services incorporating social media, blogging and copywriting.

I have B2B experience and deliver content across a range of social media platforms. I also have experience with B2C development across a broad base of clients.

I also regularly work for the Express’ Saturday magazine, as well as their weekend travel section, writing both features and celebrity Q and As.

I contribute Life As I Know It Q and As to S Magazine. 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 LA 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 am a member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).

Mitch Larney

Mitch Larney: lecturer | creative consultant | freelance writer

Emagazine |OCR |Johnston Press

Mitch has more than 14 years' experience teaching English and creative writing to A-level standard.

He is a keen writer with and has had articles and resources published in magazines, newspapers and exam board publications.

He has worked to successfully help countless students to succeed over the years and has acted as an editor and story consultant for a number of writers including Ray Cluley - winner of the British Fantasy Award 2013 (short story).

Ray writes: "Mitch Larney's services were of tremendous help throughout the writing of my collection 'Probably Monsters' as well as dozens of other stories, novellas, and various non-fiction articles.

"His experience as an English lecturer and as a published writer himself means he is able to offer a wealth of expertise, not only regarding the grammatical and structural aspects of a piece, but also concerning more creative concerns such as character development, tone, and thematic ideas.

"I have always found, and continue to find, Mitch Larney's readings and critiques to be of great value and my work has certainly benefitted from his keen eye and insightful comments."

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