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Head of Diploma Training
Fiona started out on local newspapers then became a freelance news reporter on The Times, Sun, Sunday Mirror and Mail on Sunday, where she was covering stories from the Harrods bombing to murder investigations. She joined The Sun under Kelvin Mackenzie’s editorship and became a senior member of his feature writing and celebrity interviewing team. She was assigned to the New York Bureau for News Corp, as a reporter and feature writer, covering breaking stories across the US.
She has also been a columnist with her own opinion page on The Daily Mirror under Piers Morgan’s editorship, an opinion columnist with the Daily Star and wrote a column for the Daily Mail on Internet issues. As freelance writer she has had her work published in the Independent, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Sunday Times, The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Star, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and a number of national magazines.
She enjoys writing first person pieces, interviewing celebrities and people from all walks of life. She heads up the London course teaching reporting skills.
Law and Government Tutor, London
An award-winning writer with a long career in regional newspaper journalism, our tutor has been a freelance editorial training consultant since 2002, specialising in media law and public affairs, as well as vocational journalism training.
A member of the law board of the National Council for the Training of Journalists, he has been teaching media law and government on NCTJ- approved courses for the past 10 years, as well as lecturing in further and higher education.
He has run regular law refresher courses for a variety of organisations, including Lloyds TSB, Media Wales, Avon & Somerset Police, Gwent Police and the London School of Journalism. He also currently teaches law and public affairs on the Press Association’s intensive fast-track journalism course in London.
As a working journalist, he began his journalism career in Scotland on the Aberdeen Evening Express, where he won a number of writing awards, including Young Scottish Journalist of the Year, and later became the paper's features editor.
He moved to BBC Scotland in Glasgow, but returned to print journalism and spent five years as assistant editor of The Bath Chronicle, principally responsible for the paper's features and entertainments coverage. He has had widespread freelance writing experience and been heavily involved in journalism training for the past 20 years with a variety of newspaper groups.
He held a full-time post as editorial training manager for Trinity Mirror's Western Mail & Echo newspapers in Cardiff for two years prior to becoming a full-time freelance tutor and lecturer, based in London.
Journalism tutor, London
Neil started in journalism as a trainee sub-editor with Haymarket Publishing. Over three decades he has built on his skills and experience as sub- and production editor to
gain recognition as editor and writer on business, finance, corporate law and accountancy for dailies and magazines and later online, and as consultant and adviser in corporate communications and PR. Neil has successfully launched or relaunched a number of business and management titles, most recently within a global investment bank based in Germany where he ran a German editorial team. He has also been responsible for conceiving and implementing new pages, columns and feature series on business, finance and the professions, such as with the Glasgow Herald and British Airways’ Business Life magazine. Many of these have been developed and secured on behalf of key communications clients in the financial services, professional services, energy and food and drink industries. ,
He has a Masters in Intercultural Communications from Birkbeck, University of London. He teaches Production and Specialisation (now titled The Versatile Journalist) and Professional and Strategic Communications at Birkbeck; media, cross-cultural communication, human resources, leadership, and business psychology as adjunct professor at Hult International Business School; and British culture and work issues at New York University in London. And he has long been engaged in training and coaching journalists in news and feature writing, sub-editing and business journalism, as well as financial and B2B PRs and internal communications managers
Neil has had a book published - Money, explaining the financial markets and business to teenagers - and is also an actor, presenter, and jazz singer.
"It wasn’t until I started the NCTJ that I realised the reputation of the Press Association spoke for itself, whether I was talking to other journalists about the course, listening to high-profile speakers who came in, or when I started applying for jobs.
"This, along with the strong teaching structure of the course which gives trainees an excellent chance of passing the NCTJ diploma at a gold standard within just 17 weeks, makes me recommend the London course without hesitation."
Sian Elvin // Reporter, Kent Live