I am a professional journalist who is passionate about photography.
After an HND in business studies and communications at the London College of Printing, I was formally indentured on The Birmingham Post in one of the last extant formal apprenticeship schemes in the newspaper industry. On completing this I moved to The Daily Mail for two years and then worked as a staff writer at The Times from 1987 to 2014, serving as the paper’s Religious Affairs Correspondent for most of that time.
In 2014 I enrolled for a Masters in Digital Journalism at Goldsmiths, which was generously part-funded by The Times. On completing this I became editor of Christian Today, having worked for them as a writer during my studies. I then moved to The Tablet, as Online Editor. I have been shortlisted three times in the British Press Award and won the Andrew Cross Award for religious journalism. I also gained a certificate in religious studies from Birkbeck while at The Times.
Having long wished to become adept at photography, after completing my journalism MA I took classes at Richmond College of Art and completed two years of a three-year course before the pandemic began. I hope to do the third year soon. I do regular meet-ups with London Photographic and have just signed up as a contributor with Alamy.