Who We Are

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OffspinMedia brings together world class professionals in media and education to design and deliver tailored courses in media and communications.

Our directors and principal tutors have spent decades either in the media - as senior editors and correspondents at the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 - or in education.

We can also draw on the experience of coaches, teachers and lecturers who have worked at the heart of government, business or the third sector.

Kevin Marsh

The founder of OffspinMedia. He spent thirty-three years at the BBC, twenty-two of them as a programme editor and as Executive Editor of the BBC College of Journalism, founding its website and informal learning programme.

He edited programmes such as The World at One and Today, winning nine Sony awards and an Amnesty International award.

In 2006, he trained as a performance and leadership coach and has worked with some of the most senior executives in the BBC, supporting them in their individual challenges within the organisation.

Recent work has included designing and delivering education programmes at Birzeit University in Palestine, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva and the World Bank in Washington.

He has also worked with Goldsmiths College and London Metropolitan University as well as the Media Schools at Coventry, Lincoln, Sheffield and Northampton Universities. He teaches journalism ethics at Bournemouth University Media School

He's worked on change management with both NOS and RTL in the Netherlands and on corporate social responsibility with Star TV in Turkey, TV stations and newspapers in Georgia and with the United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine.

Since leaving the BBC, he's made numerous contributions to books on journalism and in September 2012 published his account of the 'sexed-up' dossier affair and the Hutton inquiry, Stumbling Over Truth.

He's a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a visiting fellow at the Bournemouth University Media School, a patron of St George's House Windsor, an alumnus of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, a former student at the Salzburg Global Seminar, a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and was participant at four World Economic Forums.

He is a founder member of Hacked Off and chaired the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism's submission to the Leveson Inquiry.

You can follow him on Twitter @kjmarsh

Melissa Marsh

OffspinMedia's Educational Director.

After gaining a first class degree from Oxford University, she spent over thirty years teaching English and Media Studies in London.

For the past twenty eight years, she taught at a central London Sixth Form College where she introduced and ran the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.

She has worked with the Institute of Education and University College London on language, learning and the development of academic writing. 

Our principal tutors are:

Susan Blackburn

An experienced journalist and executive television producer who spent many years editing the main news bulletins on BBC1.

She was the Commissioning Editor on the BBC’s flagship Ten O’Clock News; produced the Six O’Clock News's campaign coverage in 1997; and was in charge of BBC TV bulletin coverage of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.  

During her time at the BBC, she interviewed presidents, prime ministers and business leaders.

More recently, Susan has turned to teaching, helping BBC journalists perfect their on-air techniques as well as introducing BBC journalists with non-UK media backgrounds to the standards and values of the corporation.

Rory Maclean

An award winning correspondent with over 25 years of frontline experience at the BBC and ITN behind him.

He spent the 1990s as Home Affairs Correspondent at Channel 4 News, making both short-form and long-form films on a wide range of subjects as diverse as education reform and wreck hunting.

He spent the 2000s at the BBC, specialising in crime, law and order, terrorism and immigration. He also taught court reporting via a series of films for the BBC College of Journalism.

Rory is an experienced interviewer, well used to giving those in positions of responsibility a hard time - whether in a one-to-one interview or at a news conference.