A service of thanksgiving for the life of editor and journalist David Randall will take place at St Bride’s Church, the Journalists’ Church, on Thursday 29th September at 11:30am.
David Randall was assistant editor of The Observer in the 1980s and was instrumental in the paper’s evolution from hot metal printing to direct input.
Prior to a journalistic career, Randall tried his hand as a professional comedian before joining the Croydon Advertiser as a trainee reporter and working his way up to become editor in 1980 by which time the paper boasted the largest local weekly circulation in Britain.
Randall advised several newspapers throughout the world on new technology and design after leaving The Observer in 1993 and wrote The Universal Journalist, used widely by trainee journalists to this day. After a spell as chief news writer on the Independent on Sunday, Randall returned to writing books including Suburbia, a new edition of which he was working on at the time of his death.
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