About me

This is the biography, I give to clients and those who wish to know more about my experience

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Brendan has been working as a writer and journalist since 1975 and a training consultant from 1994. During that time he has tutored journalists in the UK, Ireland, USA and the Far East. He has trained those entering the profession as well as experienced journalists keen to sharpen their skills and learn new ones. He also works as a trainer in internal communications for staff in many large organisations.

He is an Apple Mac and PC trainer who instructs in the use of Quark XPress, Photoshop and InDesign. He is also an NVQ Assessor and Internal Verifier. As well as computer training, Brendan is much in demand as a news and features trainer as well as media law tutor and provides legal courses for the Periodicals Training Council (PTC), the training arm of the PPA.

He is currently a Visiting Lecturer at City University, London and the University of the Arts, London. He has also lectured at Oxford University.

Brendan started his training career at the Journalism Training Centre (JTC) in Mitcham, Surrey where he trained more than 200 journalists. He was a member of the team of three tutors who won a National Training Award for the JTC in 1995.

After that he became course tutor at both PMA Training (1997-2004) and the Editorial Centre (1997-2000). In 1998, he added the role of journalism tutor at the NCTJ course at Crawley College in West Sussex to his already busy schedule. While at PMA he was responsible for revamping the course and constructing the current postgraduate qualification as well as playing a major role in gaining that course’s PTC accreditation.

In addition to his training work, Brendan is a freelance journalist who has contributed to a wide range of newspapers and magazines. Among the titles he has worked for are The Times, Daily Express, Sunday Mirror, Music Week, Computer Weekly, Woman’s Own and the Irish Independent Group. He has been an editor of three titles through the years.

Previously he was Features Editor of TV Times and has also worked for Radio Times. He spent some years with RTE in Dublin where he worked as a sub-editor, chief sub, feature writer, reporter and production editor before becoming Editor of Ireland’s largest selling magazine, the RTE Guide.

He has also worked as a radio broadcaster and television scriptwriter. His credits include The Two Ronnies, Dave Allen at Large, Not the Nine O’Clock News, The Bill and radio’s The Archers.

He is a business and economics graduate from the National University of Ireland, Dublin.
Brendan is a partner and co-owner of the Journalism Training Centre since 2005.

I like to remind people that my first job in publishing was in distribution ... I had a paper round when I was 15.

 

 

 

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