I have taught journalism at a number of colleges, and run courses for specialist journalism website journalism.co.uk and for the National Union of Journalists.
I was Associate Lecturer at the London College of Communication. I led two foundation course units on production journalism in convergent media, one for first years and one for second years. I also arranged and delivered a series of lectures for final year Sports Journalism BA students. (October 2008 - February 2010).
At Goldsmiths College I taught the Journalism module on the Integrated Media and Communications one-year course for the Community Education department. (September 2009 - March 2011)
I was also a sessional tutor at UCA Farnham, teaching on the journalism and sports journalism courses. I taught basic writing and editing skills and also ran contextual studies sessions, looking at the context and social history of sport and sports reporting. I retain contact with the course and occasionally deliver guest lectures.
I ran successful one-day courses for leading journalism website journalism.co.uk/ One was called 'How to pitch and market a book', which I developed in conjunction with the site after pitching the concept . The course offers practical advice in how to construct a book pitch, and in how authors can market their published work. The other was called 'How to Get a Job in Journalism' and was developed in response to a request from the site. This course aimed to provide basic advice to new entrants to the trade or people looking to change roles.
I helped set up the first training course in InDesign for the National Union of Journalists at a time when the industry was moving from Quark Xpress to InDesign. I also trialled an innovative new course in multimedia storytelling.
Christine Robertson, lecturer at the London College of Communication, said: “Martin is a passionate and articulate professional. He is highly adaptable and meets challenge with vigour and persistence. A very valuable individual to both colleagues and students. A pleasure to work with.”
Will Jago, Brighton & Hove Albion press office, former LCC journalism student, said: “From a student's point of view you guys were spot on. If it wasn't for your educational direction and advice I would not have got the job I have now."
Comments from delegates on 'How to get a Job' course:
"Invaluable tips on CV building”;
"Particularly liked discussion on social networking tools and using them to promote myself”;
"Very well-paced and structured”;
"Martin puts information across clearly”;
"A great explanation of the modern media environment."
Comments from delegates on books course: "Thoroughly absorbing and informative”; "Lots of useful ideas to take on board for the pitching aspect”; "Thought-provoking, interesting – and inspiring!”; "I liked Martin's easygoing presentation style."