A tireless campaigner for press freedom
Tom Welsh, the first Director of Journalism at City University London, has died at the age of 85.
Welsh joined the University in 1976 and quickly established strong links with the industry, beginning a legacy which sees City's journalism courses consistently ranked amongst the best in the UK.
In addition to his work at City, Welsh launched the specialist publication Media Lawyer, which he edited for ten years. He also co-edited McNae's Essential Law for Journalists. Welsh also spent five years as chairman of the law examinations board of the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).
Head of Journalism at City, Professor George Brock said:
"Tom Welsh was the organiser and inspiration at the start of the Journalism Department at City and we salute his achievement."
"The Department has grown steadily in reputation and size since its foundation in the early 1970s and that is thanks to the solid foundations which Tom built."
"He was a regular attender at our talks and lectures until very recently and we will miss him very much."
Press Association Legal Editor Mike Dodd, who succeeded Welsh as Editor of Media Lawyer said:
"Tom was an inspiration to me, and to many others, as a media law specialist, as a journalist, and as a tireless campaigner for freedom of the press, the public's right to know, and the right of journalists to report what happens in our courts."
"He always set the highest standards, and expected and encouraged others to match them."