16 February 2006

David Randall guest lecture

Reporters can never do too much research, Sheffield’s journalism students were told by one of the industry’s leading figures.

“The day you say ‘That will do’ is the day you ought to begin thinking about working in a bank, because you’ll no longer be a journalist,” said David Randall, who is a senior journalist on the Independent on Sunday.

David Randall

After entertaining students with tips about interviewing people – and how to avoid some of the pitfalls that other journalists have fallen into – he insisted that journalism was the best job in the world for anybody with an interest in people.

“Guess what, journalism is a lot like life,” he said. “You get out of it what you put into it.”

David Randall is the author of two acclaimed books: The Universal Journalist and The Great Reporters, both published by Pluto.

His talk, on Tuesday 14 February 2006, was one of a series put on for the benefit of students and staff within the Department of Journalism Studies at the University of Sheffield. Forthcoming guest speakers include Alison Hastings (Press Complaints Commission) and John Willis (BBC).