About 400 City students, staff and alumni celebrated the 40th anniversary of City’s Department of Journalism at a sold-out party held at Drapers’ Hall in central London earlier this month.

The party attracted high-profile City graduates, including Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan and BBC News economics editor Kamal Ahmed.

Murnaghan hosted the evening and teased out anecdotes from a panel of seven well-known alumni. In between the talks, current students mingled with alumni and staff while enjoying the bounty of free-flowing champagne and lager.

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Live music and tasty dishes added to the joyous and relaxed atmosphere. The reminiscing and networking slowed down as the alcohol stopped flowing at 11pm.

Professor Suzanne Franks, head of the Department of Journalism, said: “The evening showed the camaraderie within our alumni community and the industry as a whole, with former students from a huge range of platforms and organisations represented.”

City’s postgraduate journalism department was set up in 1976 with a diploma in Newspaper Journalism. This year, the institution was renamed City, University of London and has developed from a group of around a dozen students to a thriving community of almost 600 journalism students annually, from BA to PhD level.




Video footage: Pria Rai, MA Broadcast Journalism
Pictures: Ally Head, MA Magazine Journalism
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