My story

I’ve worked non-stop as a journalist since 2000, covering everything from parish council meetings to major criminal trials. A newspaper reporter trained in print, I’ve acquired – and keep acquiring – digital and filmmaking skills that have been put to use in the real world.

I started in the weekly free press in north-east England for the Whitely Bay New Guardian and News Post Leader.

I then moved on to the Stoke Sentinel where I served my time as a junior reporter, and wrote the story of Laura Buxton who released a balloon found by another girl with the same name (which bizarrely made it into an episode of Fargo 16 years later).

Next, I joined the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, where I worked as a senior news reporter for five and a half years. I wrote a series of stories about the families of five Red Cap soldiers killed in Iraq and their campaign to see their sons’ killers charged, covered a major police corruption trial, broke the story of a dying teenager having his sperm frozen for future IVF treatment, and followed the end of deep coal mining in the north-east.

After this I worked on the launch of the The National, an English-language newspaper base in Abu Dhabi as an online night editor and multimedia journalist. I kept the website updated with breaking news and supervised a team who in the early days put every section of the paper online.

I also produced numerous online videos, including the launch of the world’s cheapest car, photo and audio slideshows. Special projects included a retrospective on conflict in Gaza and a residents guide to life in the UAE.

I currenrly work at Metro, the most-read newspaper in the UK, as the deputy chief sub-editor. I rewrite complex stories into a clear, concise and accurate form for busy commuters. To do this well requires a strong grasp of current affairs. Major events have included London’s 2012 Olympics, Brexit, and terror attacks.

I trained at De Montfort University in Leicester where I completed the then NCTJ-accredited post-graduate diploma in journalism with a distinction. Since then I’ve developed online, social media and motion graphics skills outside of work that have been used to produce campaign and promotional videos.

Paul McMillan Multimedia journalist
On the road in Oman