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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. (For a bit more background, see the 'classroom scene' page.)


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 . . .  after

          nearly 50 years


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.                                .                                                                                                                                                                                    







Who would have

            thought it . . ?



While trying to update my partly-obsolete college-contacts list, I’ve been struck by the entertaining and unexpected paths that some of our former trainees have taken, usually alongside their ‘media’ jobs.  Just look at this little lot . . .



Paul Mace, an enthusiastic football fan since he was a youngster, has written ‘One Flew Over the Magpies Nest,’ – a hefty history of his beloved Notts County, the oldest professional football club in the country. It’s put together with such style and colourful detail that it even interests a reader with little interest in soccer. A real behind-the-scenes story.


Alan Biggs is in the same field, so to speak, and has written on sport in just about all the national dailies, as well as working for BBC radio and television, TalkSport and Sky. His ‘Confessions of a Football Reporter’ is packed with hilarious tales and – like Paul’s book – is available on Amazon.


Michael Davies co-wrote the musical Tess that was staged at the RSC’s studio theatre this year. His novel Domino Island came out in May, and he is working on two new plays.  And he’s recently gone full circle – working on the Stratford Herald, his local paper, ‘doing a bit on the production side’.


Ian Bevitt slid seamlessly from newspapers into TV directing. His name still pops up on Coronation Street credits – he’s directed more than 300 episodes. He directed the much-acclaimed Home Front, and  he’s worked on Emmerdale and Heartbeat.


Mat Dyson,  well-armed with useful journalistic skills, skipped newspapers altogether and joined the Home Office and then the Foreign Office, taking up various far-flung postings before rejoining the Home Office at Heathrow. He has repeatedly popped up on TV in old screenings of his role as a senior immigration officer, and he is now with UK Border Force at Heathrow, as Assistant Director and Head of Future Operations.


Jo Overty must get a mention, if only for her wonderful job title! After 19 years with Isle of Man news publications she now works for the Isle of Man Government and is (wait for it!) UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man Project Officer.


Paul Linford worked on the Journal in Newcastle and on the South Wales Echo, Derby Telegraph and Mansfield Chad before joining  HoldTheFrontPage – the must-see news website for Britain’s provincial newspapers. He went one better a couple of years ago – he bought the site, and he is now HTFP’s owner/publisher.  Wow!