MediaFaculty.com is run by Francis Shennan, who moved from being Scotland's leading award-winning freelance business journalist to Scotland’s leading media trainer.

 

 A former Scottish Business Editor at the Sunday Times and sub-editor at the Daily Record and Mirror, his work has appeared in The Times, Guardian, Herald, Daily Mail, Sunday Express, Scotsman, Independent on Sunday, and UK and international magazines.

 As a freelance journalist he won one Scottish and three UK Press awards. His subjects have included football finance, fraud, organised crime and terrorist racketeering, and involved accompanying official missions to Europe and the United States, making a midnight amphibious landing with the Royal Marines Reserve and spending a week aboard a Royal Navy nuclear submarine.

 A graduate in law, he is Visiting Lecturer in Print and Online Journalism and in Media Law at the University of Westminster, Co-ordinator and Tutor in Media Policy & Regulation and Law & Government for Journalists at the University of Stirling, and Visiting Lecturer in Media Law at the University of Strathclyde.

 Clients for his short courses in writing for the web, journalism and law have included Scottish Television, Johnston Press in Scotland and England, Associated Newspapers, Shetland Times Group, National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Pearl Assurance's UK headquarters. 


  A former chair of the Scottish Journalism Training Forum and NUJ's Scottish Executive Council, he has given evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Justice 1 Committee on the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Bill, addressed the Cross-Party Group on Culture and Media, and the Scottish Government summit on the future of the newspaper industry. His paper, Denying Intellectual Rights, presented at the University of Bedfordshire, was published by the Communications Law journal.

  His media and reputation management courses have been used by blue-chip companies including Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows, KPMG and a number of corporate law firms.

 He has been involved as chair, facilitator or speaker in national bodies and events, including the National Employment Conference at Gleneagles, National Investment Forum in Edinburgh, the first Festival of Politics at Holyrood, the Law Society of Scotland conference on fraud, and he has spoken three times at the Scottish Parliament on media and law.

 Francis Shennan is the author of two books: Flesh and Bones, a life of John Napier, and The McCann Takeover, the inside story of the Celtic buy-out.