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Journalism training legends honoured in renaming ceremony

Two renowned journalism training leaders have been immortalised by having rooms at the training centre where they taught named in their honour.

The lecture theatre and newsroom at Press Association Training’s Newcastle centre were renamed in memory of Walter Greenwood and John Brownlee in a ceremony on Saturday.

The pair, who died within weeks of each other in 2013, helped launch the training operation at the centre in 1969 and counted the likes of James Naughtie, Andrew Marr, Lionel Barber and Sally Magnusson among their pupils.

Walter was one of Britain’s foremost authorities on media law and co-edited 10 editions of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists, while John, who started his career as a journalist at the Blyth News, ignited such a lasting legacy at the centre that it became known as the ‘Brownlee Academy’ amongst its students.

John Brownlee (pictured left) and Walter Greenwood

John Brownlee (pictured left) and Walter Greenwood

The centre, formerly run by Thomson Regional Newspapers, is based within the same building as Newcastle’s Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun newspapers,

The ceremony was due to be attended by alumni from the past 46 years as well as the duo’s families.

Paul Jones, head of editorial diploma training at PA, said: “It is a great honour to name one of our newsrooms and main lecture theatre after Walter Greenwood and John Brownlee.

“They made a lasting contribution to the training centre and their legacy lives on in our teaching every day and in newsrooms up and down the country.”

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  • March 9, 2015 at 10:15 am
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    What a nice touch to honour two of the good guys of journalism. Sadly, Johnny’s famous pipe wouldn’t be allowed in the newsroom now.

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  • March 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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    As someone who played a minor role in the training centre a few years ago I just want to add my tribute to two greats. I knew Walter very well and it was a privilege to work with him and good to see this honour.

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  • March 9, 2015 at 4:30 pm
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    It was a great night and we were delighted that Walter’s widow Doreen and John’s son, Geoff were both able to attend.
    No pipes, but the odd glass of red wine was raised – Walter would have approved.

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