Senior journalist and editor with 15 years experience at the UK's national news agency.

About me

Wesley J.
English and Related Literature
English & Related Literature
BA
James
2001
United Kingdom

About this profile

Managing Editor, BT.com
Press Association
United Kingdom
Journalism and publishing
Large business (250+ employees)
2002

About the job

What I do

I run the editorial team at BT.com on behalf of the Press Association. Previously, I set up and ran PA's digital service Snappa, was the agency's chief news editor, and before that worked as home affairs correspondent for both PA and the Daily Telegraph, and as PA's North America Correspondent based in New York.

My career

My career history

I started working for PA as a trainee in 2002 before covering Yorkshire and the Humber region as a reporter. In 2007 I moved to New York as PA's North America Correspondent before returning to the UK as PA's Home Affairs Correspondent in 2009. After working as the Daily Telegraph's Home Affairs Correspondent in 2012, I returned to PA as news editor the following year and became Chief News Editor in 2014. I set up and ran the editorial team of PA's digital service Snappa (http://snappa.press.net/#!/feeds) for two years before taking over the running of BT.com in July 2016.

Courses taken since graduation

Newspaper Journalism, PG Dip, City University.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

To get as much practical experience as possible, whether on university papers/websites/stations or in the regional/national media - and to be prepared to be persistent.

Contacting me

Happy to mentor students, particularly anyone interested in a career in journalism.


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