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Annual reunion for City's 'Class of '76'

Students of the first-ever journalism course at London’s City University have held their latest annual reunion, 34 years after they signed-on at the college.

But the “Class of Seventy-Six” are still on the lookout for two of their number who they have lost touch with down the years.

Last Friday’s reunion saw 10 of the 13 original students reunited at their former tutor Tom Welsh’s Islington flat followed by a meal at a nearby restaurant.

All ten are still working either in journalism or in related professions, including BBC radio producer Terry Dignan and former Press Gazette deputy editor Jon Slattery.

Of the other three, Sue Landau is now living and working in Paris and sent her apologies, but the whereabouts of two of the original course members are unknown.

They are Steve Howell, who went from City to the Redbridge Guardian, and Steve Williams, who joined the Hastings Observer.

Said Tom: “The group somehow lost touch with them many years ago, but any help in putting them in touch would be welcomed.”

Tom, who was the college’s first director of journalism, has written a detailed account of the course’s origins in a blog called Earliest Days.


Tom Welsh (26/10/2009 10:36:45)
Many thanks for this report. It was a great evening.