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Editor-turned-lecturer chalks-up half-century in industry

A former regional editor who went on to become a journalism lecturer is marking 50 years in the industry this month.

Ron Green, pictured left, began his career as a trainee reporter in Sheerness in September 1964.

He went on to edit the Kent Messenger and was also deputy editor of its now defunct sister title, the Kent Evening Post.

Now 67, Ron is still working and for the past four years has been an associate lecturer at the University of Kent’s centre for journalism at Medway Campus.

Said Ron:  “I have been fortunate to work through half a century of immense and exciting change in Kent and the world of media.

“Knowing how to get and write good stories has remained largely unchanged and it’s a wonderful privilege to be helping a new generation of journalists to do just that.”

During his career, Ron spent 30 years with the KM Group, starting as chief reporter in Maidstone and ending as group managing editor.

His numerous roles with the company included eight years as editor of the Kent Messenger and 11 as editor and deputy editor of the group’s daily papers, the Medway-based Kent Evening Post and Kent Today. He also edited the KentOnline website.

Ron has been married to Paulene for 47 years. The couple, who now live in Sussex, have two children and five grandchildren.