"The training gave me all the skills I needed to be a real reporter."
Patrice John is now a Senior Reporter at the Birmingham Mail.
Before joining Press Association Training, Tony spent five years as head of editorial staff development for Trinity Mirror where he led the development of their Newcastle based Editorial Training Centre. Prior to that he performed a similar role for Trinity plc and Thomson Regional Newspapers. He trained as a journalist and was deputy editor of the Reading Evening Post and Assistant Editor of the Evening Gazette, Teesside. His background is in news journalism and he was a successful news editor, chief reporter and reporter before moving into journalism training. He chaired the Steering Group of the Yorkshire and Humber East Lifelong Learning Network and is a member of the Society of Editor’s Training Committee.
Paul has been Head of Foundation Course Training since 1995; he was the former deputy news editor, industrial editor, district chief reporter and general news reporter at the Evening Chronicle, Newcastle. Education reporter/general news reporter, Evening Post and Chronicle Wigan, general news reporter/sub-editor, Burnley Express.
Andrew is an accomplished investigative journalist with more than 25 years experience on both regional and national titles. Previously he was Group Editorial Director at a major regional publisher and Managing Director of one of the UK’s leading news agencies, providing copy to all domestic and international tiles. He has published work in America, Australia and every UK national.and has made several television and radio appearances. He has extensive contacts throughout the industry. Andrew heads up the London course for Press Association Training teaching journalism and some government sessions.
Pat Hagan is Deputy Head of Foundation Course at Newcastle and delivers the law element of the course. Previously she has worked at the Telegraph & Argus in Bradford and The Journal in Newcastle as a general reporter, municipal correspondent, feature writer, columnist and proof reader. She was a senior sub-editor/designer with The Journal, where she also mentored trainee reporters and trained sub-editors. She has also managed programmes in production training. Pat has a post-graduate Diploma in Journalism Studies from University College, Cardiff.
Susan started working for Thomson Regional Newspapers training centre in 1984 and was a Pitman writer at 120wpm. She took over shorthand tution in 1987. She has gained the City & Guilds Certificate in Teaching in further education and a Teeline Proficiency Certificate.
Garry works part time on the foundation course taking responsibility for the delivery of the government syllabus. He has vast experience as a regional newspaper reporter and is currently Crown Court reporter for ncjMedia in Newcastle.