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City Journalism celebrates 35th birthday

Alumni event brings together City's journalism graduates

by Hollie Jenkins

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London's media elite gathered at Glaziers Hall on 15 September 2011 to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Journalism at City University London.

Over 300 guests, including journalism alumni, past and present journalism academics and friends of the department, came together to mark the occasion.

Among the guests were notable City alumni Dermot Murnaghan, Sky News presenter and Faisal Islam, Economics Editor at Channel 4 News

Speaking at the event, Professor George Brock highlighted the growth and success of City's journalism portfolio.

"Having first started with 13 students in 1976, in 2011 we now have over 600 students enrolled in our degrees. Our portfolio of programmes has also grown. While our flagship newspaper course remains, we now also offer MAs in International Journalism, Science Journalism, Financial Journalism and are about to launch an MA in Interactive Journalism."

Professor Brock said that while City's journalism courses and facilities have evolved over the years, the department's reputation for offering students access to the best academics who combine academic expertise with professional industry experience had remained. 

"While our courses continue to adapt to the times, our reputation built over the last 35 years for providing the best journalism degrees in the heart of London is consistent. However, when it comes down to it, our most powerful marketing asset is our alumni and the influential jobs in the media which they hold."

The occasion was also an opportunity for City's alumni and academics to thank and recognise three academics who are retiring over the new few months after long careers at City University London. 

Anna McKane, Undergraduate Course Director, who joined City in 1995 was recognised by her former students for her dedication and commitment to teaching. Heather Purdey, Director of the International Journalism MA, joined City in 1996 and was praised for her dedication to establishing City's highly successful international journalism course, while Marcelle D'Argy Smith, former Editor of Cosmopolitan, was recognised as a passionate and inspiring teacher.

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