Gerry Kreibich's page     (105,661 hits so far)


The ten chapter-headings on the third page give an overview of the whole 60,000 words.  


Some may want to read the entire thing in sequence (it's a crackin' good tale!) but anyone who wants to dip in here and there will find that - apart from occasional cross-references - each chapter will stand alone.


 (If you want to start with a chuckle, try Chapter Three.  And Chapters Nine and Ten are pretty good fun as well.)





Thanks for visiting. Whether you are interested in journalism generally or more specifically in the training of journalists, you should find this stuff entertaining - and possibly even useful!  Enjoy the read . . .  and maybe drop me a line.                                                                    

Gerry Kreibich was one of five journalism lecturers at Richmond College, Sheffield, throughout the 1970s and 1980s.  In those pioneering days the simple aim  of the National Council for the Training of Journalists was to impart editorial skills that would enable students to join provincial newspapers and immediately be useful. What happened to those students after that was up to them . . . and many are now prominent people in newspapers, magazines, radio and television (and quite a few have retired!)


The work was often experimental - methods that worked well were constantly improved, bright ideas that failed were abandoned. Thus were laid the foundations of much that happens today in colleges and universities all over Britain.

Memoirs of

a pioneer

journalism lecturer                                                                    



 A link-up (via e-mail) . . .  after

 nearly 50 years


I have kept in touch with many former students dotted about all over the globe - and now I have managed to bring together three people who shared Richmond classrooms in 1969/70, a year before I got there myself!     A recent message from James Wheildon, on the Shanghai Daily, led to contact with one of his old classmates, Bill Anslow . . . and that in turn has caught the attention of Brian Harrigan.  Have a look at my new  'Really early days' page.



I have had a face-to-face reunion with an ex-Richmond journalist 6000 miles away in Cape Town.  He is Dave Chambers, a reporter on the Halifax Courier when he attended Richmond in the 1980s. After Halifax he worked on the Journal in Newcastle for a year, and then he joined the Daily Telegraph as a sub, and later splash sub.  In 1992 he went off to South Africa, where he was on the Cape Argus for a number of years. To see him, and to find out where he is now, have a look at Picture Gallery (6) on this




 See the Letters      Every few weeks, some  former student spots this webpage and decides to get in touch.   Use the grey panel (top left) to scroll down to the Letters Page where you'll find their nostalgic messages.


If you were at Richmond . . .       see the 'They went to Richmond'  page near the end of this website                                                                           and let me know if you don't get a mention.                                .                                                                                                                                                                                    







A very welcome e-mail . . .


I'm always delighted to hear from former students, and the latest to get in touch is Annette Gartland, who can be seen smiling out of the 1973/4 group picture on my Picture Gallery 4 page. She has led an unusually colourful and nomadic life since those far-off days, but she is still every inch a journalist and is the publisher of Changing Times, a news website focused mainly on environmental issues, human rights, and health.  


Her  e-mail – pretty long but well worth the read! – is below . . .



Hi Gerry.

Thanks so much for producing this website. It’s great to be able to catch up with what other former Richmond students are doing. It’s fun seeing myself with such long hair, and looking SO young! (I’m now 63.)


I have such fond memories of my time at Richmond. After my dad died a few years ago, I looked back through my notes from the course and was reminded what great teachers you guys were. You really gave me the foundation I needed to go out into the world of journalism and I am truly grateful for that. The late Frank Littlewood would have been very proud of my passion for (some would say obsession with) good grammar and punctuation.  


After Richmond, I worked for a few years on the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, took a year off to go travelling and recover, then spent a year as a sub-editor on the Oxford Times. (I often say to young reporters that learning subbing is one of the best things I ever did.) I was then fortunate enough to be chosen for the Journalists in Europe fellowship, which sadly no longer exists. I was based in Paris for eight months and got to travel to Belgium, Spain, Swedish Lapland, the then Soviet Union, Hungary, Egypt, and Turkey. I learned so much from colleagues from about twenty different countries. Then, after numerous years working in London for various national papers, and as the London correspondent for the Irish Press and the Irish Times, I moved to France and worked for Radio France International, Agence France Presse, and, occasionally, for euronews.


Eight years ago, I set up my own website and, in 2013, I moved to Southeast Asia and decided to focus on Changing Times full time. I became what is known as a digital nomad. I’m mostly in Malaysia, but do travel a lot, mainly to Indonesia, India, and Australia. I was also in Nepal last December for the 10th Asia for Animals conference. I have covered the last two Jaipur literature festivals in India. It’s an amazing event. I write a lot about Malaysia, of course. It’s a fascinating country.


Changing Times is a one-woman operation and has pretty well taken over my life. I do apply for grants and fellowships as I would love to be able to build up a small team to help me, but no luck as yet.

I am continually inspired by those I write about and have made many friends among those who rescue and protect orangutans, koalas, and other animals and those who are trying to stop the destruction being caused by coal mining and coal seam gas extraction in Australia. I keep a close eye on what is happening in the search for the missing Malaysia airlines flight MH370 and am also inspired by the strength and determination of the next of kin of those who were on board.


I love being able to cover such a wide range of subjects (the plight of endangered wildlife, urban overdevelopment, the work of the Nonhuman Rights Project, palm oil, vaccination, and the death

penalty, to name but a few!).


I still do some editing outside of Changing Times, and do manage to write poems from time to time (there are a few on Changing Times). I also give occasional talks about journalism and, while that makes me pretty nervous, I love it once I get going. (As you may remember, I am rarely lost for words .) Most of my time, though, is spent battling on with Changing Times. It is a bit of a battle as getting people to pay to subscribe is a major challenge. (I have mostly kept the website going with my own savings.) I’m a journo first and foremost and I find the business side of running my own website very difficult. I do, though, love being able to publish these longform pieces; to be able to dig deep and go into real detail. Too much detail, you might say, Gerry .


You'll find Changing Times at   Do spread the word and help me to keep the independent, investigative flag flying. Many thanks!