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About the College of Media and Publishing

We started out as a small family business in 2003. We had one online course and one student.

Since then, we have become one of the UK’s most successful online colleges.

This is because we offer our learners:

  • unlimited personal tuition
  • externally inspected educational materials
  • quick response times
  • friendly, encouraging staff and tutors

These qualities set us apart from any other provider of online courses.

Our learners are never “just another student” to us. Many say their online learning experiences exceeded their expectations. Read their reviews

We continue to support them, even after they have completed their online courses. There is no cut-off point.

Our accreditation

We are a college you can trust. You will be in safe hands with us.

Our online courses are endorsed under ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme, which is regulated by Ofqual.

We are also fully accredited by three recognised organisations:

And we are listed on the government’s UK Register of Learning Providers, which is run by the Department for Education.

Our online courses

Our reviews


The College of Media and Publishing’s tutors are all experts, and still working in their sectors. So they are able to pass on up-to-date knowledge and make introductions for you.

They are frequently praised for their friendliness, and their commitment to our students’ success.

Meet our tutors

Student successes

Many of our students have secured jobs, gained promotions, started businesses and become respected figures in their sectors.

You can read hundreds of success stories in our blog

And you can see where some of them have gone on to work on our student successes page

Our clients

We have worked with thousands of individuals, as well delivering staff training for organisations of all sizes.

These include:

  • FTSE 100 corporations
  • charities
  • public bodies
  • small and medium size businesses
  • councils
  • universities and colleges

See our staff training page

Global community

We have many years’ experience training international students. Since 2003, we have worked with people in more than 100 countries.

We are accredited by the European Association for Distance Learning (EADL) and the International Association for Distance Learning (IADL).

They promote excellence in worldwide online study, so that you can verify course quality if you do not live in the United Kingdom.

See where our students live

At a glance …

Learners in more than 100 countries

Full money back guarantee

Learner job successes

Recognised qualifications

Accredited by

NUS Extra student discount card

Study on the go

Organisations who use our courses


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Contact us

Unlimited tutor support

Flexible study

Cleland Thom
Principal | Head tutor

Editor | Lecturer | Legal adviser | Mentor

Waitrose | BBC | The Big Issue | RBI Magazines | Smooth Century FM 

I am CMP’s founder and principal, and a consultant and trainer in writing, journalism, media and internet law.

See my website

My clients include:

  • multinational corporations including Waitrose, Kumon UK and United Utilities
  • all the UK’s top regional media groups
  • UK central government
  • UK local government
  • educational and nonprofit organisations

I am:

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
Course tutor

Writer | Columnist | Journalist | Editor

UK national newspapers | UK national magazines | New York magazines

I am a journalist and proofreader with 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 called 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
Course tutor

Editor | Subeditor | Writer | Journalist

MEN Media | Trinity Mirror | Liverpool Daily Post

I am the 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, along with 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 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 subeditor, my duties included checking copy for factual, grammatical and punctuation errors, and working to tight deadlines.

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

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

Andy Carter
Course tutor

Group head of news | Comms consultant

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

I am CMP’s tutor in PR, social media marketing and broadcasting.

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
Course tutor

Journalist | Lecturer | Subeditor | Web developer

Sports Beat Agency | North West Regional Assembly | CSV Manchester

I am a tutor on CMP’s sports journalism and sports blogging 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 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
Course tutor

Freelance editor | Proofreader

Irish Academic Editing | Member of SfEP and AFEPI

I am a 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 for 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 and 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
Course tutor

Journalist | Writer | Subeditor | Proofreader

Press Association | Manchester Evening News | Orange

I am a freelance journalist, writer, subeditor and proofreader with 27 years’ experience in most spheres of journalism.

I have worked for Press Association’s website Ananova, the Manchester Evening News, Orange’s WAP site, and various weekly papers in Cheshire, Lancashire and London.

I have also done several shifts on the Observer and am familiar with both print and online media.

Jennie Harborth
Course tutor

Proofreader | Editor | Document specialist | Web builder | SEO technician

I am the tutor for students on CMP’s Google 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 CMP’s document specialist, so I edit, format and publish CMP’s various documents and ebooks.


Justine Holman
Course tutor

Journalist | Editor | Copywriter | Consultant

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

I am a tutor on CMP’s copywriting course, and its lifestyle and magazine journalism courses.

I have worked both for myself and for other people. As a professional copywriter, I 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 am also an entertainment, health and travel journalist and editor with over 20 years’ experience.

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 TV Times.

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
Course tutor

Lecturer | Creative consultant | Freelance writer

Emagazine | OCR | Johnston Press

I have more than 14 years’ experience teaching English and creative writing to A-level standard.

I am a keen writer and have had articles and resources published in magazines, newspapers and exam board publications.

I have worked to successfully help countless students to succeed over the years and have 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 benefited from his keen eye and insightful comments.”

Hazel Morgan
Course tutor

Accredited Teeline tutor | NVQ assessor

Manchester Metropolitan University | University of Chester | NCTJ

I was originally a Pitman shorthand writer, but did a Teeline conversion course in the early 1990s and then taught Teeline at City of Liverpool College where I worked as a full-time lecturer in secretarial studies and IT.

I have taught shorthand for over 20 years.

I am an accredited shorthand tutor with the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and have worked closely with them running the NQJ examinations as well as being a reader for them.

I have my Cert Ed in post-16 education as well as having the NVQ assessor award.

At the moment I am teaching Teeline at MMU on their masters course in journalism, but have also taught Teeline at the University of Chester and News Associates, Manchester.

I have also been offering support to some distance learners via the NCTJ.

Lucy van Biljon
Course tutor

Copywriter | Proofreader | PR manager | Journalist

MEN Media | Smooth Radio | Lucidity Writing

I am CMP’s “floating” tutor, and stand in for other tutors when they are away.

I’m a freelance copywriter, proofreader and copy-editor with 20 years of professional writing experience.

My copywriting work covers web copy, blog posts, magazine articles, award entries and product descriptions for clients large and small across the UK.

I love making wonderful words work for businesses, organisations and fellow entrepreneurs.

During my PR career, I worked with both B2C and B2B clients ranging from Marks & Spencer to Lurpak. I was always the go-to proofreader thanks to my eagle eyes and pickiness over punctuation.

I joined the Manchester Evening News straight from university as a news reporter covering everything from high-profile court cases to pop star press conferences.

I have a BA in English, postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism, the NCTJ national qualification, and the CMP distinction diplomas in copywriting, and proofreading and editing.

I am a member of the Professional Copywriters’ Network and the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP).