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"The course I took at the Journalist Works was brilliant. It provided me with invaluable knowledge and experience in everything to do with journalism and sub-editing, which doesn't seem possible for such a short course.

Eleanor Stanley, Incisive Media

TUTORS

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Pete Taylor

Teaches: Sub-Editing

  • Started out on the Hong Kong Standard as a Sub-Editor.
  • Worked for NCG doing feature rewrites and subbing for a magazine called Your New Home.
  • Contract publisher for a number of years.
  • Published writing in Travel Weekly and associated supplements.
  • I've also written for AOL and Virgin.
  • Teaching Sub-Editing since 2003.

Pete, what is your style of teaching/lecturing?

This depends on the students to an extent. People have said I have a 'relaxed' style.

 

What freelance work do you currently do?

The freelance stuff I write now is mainly travel-related. On the Snow - mostly news.
http://www.onthesnow.co.uk/


What is your claim to fame?

I once snogged a Big Brother contestant on a stage in front of 1000 people at the East Dulwich Comedy Festival, after accepting £20 from Arthur Smith (Neil Morrissey actually had to come up with the cash), to do an Irish jig. Naturally I was drunk.

 

Do you have an industry story you can share?

A friend of mine (now a well-known editor), used to wind me up with spoof phone calls, mostly on Friday afternoons, no doubt after a long lunch. I answered the phone one particular Friday to a man with a thick Irish accent claiming to be the editor of a paper somewhere in Cork.

I assumed it was my mate on a wind-up. I affected a bad Irish accent and went on a full 2-minute rant, loaded with references to priests and choir boys, about the Catholic Church.

It slowly dawned on me that it was in fact the Editor of the Cork Herald or whatever it was. He was phoning to offer me some very lucrative staff-training work.

The icing on the cake was when he told me, after the longest sincerest apology I've ever made, that I was recommended to him by Ron Hunt MBE, the external moderator for the NCTJ. I was only in my second year of teaching at the time. I didn't get the gig obviously, which was a shame because the pay was £450 a day. Ho hum.