Introducing Paul Foster, who's been appointed as Journalism Programme Leader, to oversee our award-winning NCTJ-accredited courses.

Paul, a former news and community editor at The News, Portsmouth, is no stranger to Highbury.  He helped to launch the industry-first ‘classroom in a newsroom’ at The News where the our one-year journalism students are based.

‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be taking up this prestigious post," he said. "Highbury College is renowned for producing quality journalists. In fact, if you go to any newsroom up and down the country there will inevitably be someone who trained at Highbury. I want to continue that tradition while ensuring the award-winning NCTJ-accredited courses we offer remain industry-focused.’ 

Paul began his journalism career at the Newbury Weekly News in 2000, before moving to The News, Portsmouth, as a senior reporter in 2003. He was quickly appointed chief reporter and then moved onto the newsdesk, where he remained until December 2012.

After a brief spell as a freelance production editor, he re-joined The News in September 2013 to take up the new role of community editor, which included teaching the Highbury students on the one-year NCTJ course.

Last year we won the further education fast-track category for our news journalism course, and we're widely regarded as a centre of excellence for journalism training. We run two 20-week NCTJ FastTrack programmes with September and February starts, and the one-year NCTJ programme in conjunction with The News.

Highbury alumni includes BBC Radio 5 Live’s political editor John Pienaar, ITN newsreader Mark Austin, BBC documentary maker Simon Reeve, and Isabel Hardman, assistant editor of The Spectator.

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  • Date 17/03/2016