The future of journalism

Hundreds of journalists and some would-be ones had been invited there to celebrate 40 years of journalism teaching at City, University of London.

The postgraduate diploma in journalism was launched in 1977, a rival to then only other similar course in the UK – at Cardiff.

We were among the first to graduate with our diplomas after a year of exciting training which included talks by Michael Palin and the then legendary editor of The Sunday Times, Harold Evans Esq.

But although we have our own credentials for joining industry “heavyweights” like Dermot Monaghan and Kamal Ahmad at the event, we were also there to mark the launch of a scholarship which will help one student hopefully find their own Launchpad into journalism at City, University of London in 2017-18.

The Nick Lewis Memorial Trust, of which Nigel is a trustee, is sponsoring one student on the international journalism MA.

Nigel and Clare at Drapers Hall.
Nigel and Clare at Drapers Hall.

The trust, set up to honour a south Wales journalist who sadly died in 1999, helps young journalists. It has, in the past, sent journalists abroad to work on projects that they have identified as exciting. Now it helps students – at Cardiff as well as City – and sponsors some lectures.

The sponsorship was announced to the crowd gathered to celebrate the landmark birthday for the journalism department.

As I looked round at the many young journalists gathered in the fine surroundings of Drapers Hall, my wish was firmly that the recipient of the Nick Lewis Memorial Trust bursary will have as fine and interesting a career as many of us have been fortunate to have.

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