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 apprenticeship schemes in the newspaper industry. On completing this I worked for The Daily Mail for more than two years as a news reporter and feature writer, and then 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 photography classes at Richmond College of Art and completed two years of a three-year course before the pandemic began. I have just started the level three course and am also continuing my learning through membership of my local camera club, Richmond and Twickenham Photographic Society. I currently post my favourite photographs on Unsplash where they can be downloaded and used for free, though it is nice if they can be given a credit when possible.