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.
A catch-up . . . after nearly 50 years
I have kept in touch with many former Richmond students dotted about all over the globe. And the latest to make contact is James Wheildon, on the Shanghai Daily. Through him, I have been in touch with one of his old classmates, Bill Anslow. Read about both of them on the '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. .