Paul, who described journalism as “one of the great careers” in Friday’s piece, served as the Bel Tel’s managing editor until moving to his current role last year.
He also sits on the NCTJ’s accreditation board.
Wrote Paul: “Whatever you read, journalism remains one of the great careers: it’s ever-changing, surprising, sometimes emotional, heart-of-your-community stuff.
“Ignore hacks who grumble the profession is dying: reporters have been saying this since the quill.
“They’re meant to be an awkward bunch. Yes, budgets are tight, but new funding models will be found.
“Thanks to the internet, journalism has never had a bigger audience, and there are more exciting ways to tell stories than ever before. It’s still a great choice for young people with inquiring minds.”
Discussing the options available to budding reporters in Northern Ireland, Paul also questioned why the NQJ is not considered as seriously there as it is on the mainland.
He added: “Oddly and worryingly, the NQJ never established itself in Northern Ireland – and no one seems to know why, nor care.
“I suspect the reason is a combination of scale, funding and the legacy of the Troubles which forced most newsrooms to continually react rather than to plan and improve.”