David Randall (1951 – July 2021) was a British journalist and author of The Universal Journalist, a textbook on journalism. He was assistant editor of The Observer until 1998, when he joined The Independent on Sunday and worked there until retiring in 2013.
|Alma mater||Clare College, Cambridge|
Education and career in journalismEdit
Randall was born in Ipswich in 1951. He studied economics at Clare College, Cambridge. While at Cambridge, he was recruited to write for the student newspaper Varsity by editor Jeremy Paxman and wrote in the weekly column titled "The Adventures of Druisilla Nutt-Tingler".
After a brief period as a professional comedian and a brand manager at a cosmetics company, Randall joined the Croydon Advertiser as a trainee reporter in 1974 and became the paper's editor in 1980. He joined The Observer one year later as deputy sports editor. He was promoted to the post of assistant editor. Randall later joined The Independent on Sunday in 1998. He worked as its home editor, chief news writer, and commentator until his retirement in 2013.
Randall was the author of The Universal Journalist. In a review of the book in the British Journalism Review, Ann Leslie stated "How I wish this book had been around when I was a young reporter." In the book Journalism, Ethics and Society, David Berry labels Randall a "prominent critic of the debate" concerning journalistic ethics and quotes Randall as arguing in The Universal Journalist that "the objectives and resolutions of ethical debates are unrealistic in the real world of practice [of journalism]."
Randall was also the author of The Great Reporters, which profiles thirteen reporters he regards as being the best journalists. Among the reporters included were Edna Buchanan, William Howard Russell, Hugh McIlvanney, Ann Leslie, and A. J. Liebling.
- Connett, David (18 July 2021). "David Randall, former assistant editor of the Observer, dies aged 70". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
- The Universal Journalist, David Randall's Biography
- Dr David Berry (28 December 2012). Journalism, Ethics and Society. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 111–2. ISBN 978-1-4094-9151-4.
- Stubley, Peter (17 July 2021). "David Randall: Former journalist at The Independent dies aged 70". The Independent. London. Retrieved 18 July 2021.
- Leslie, A. (2007). "Book Review: Bear facts: The Universal Journalist, by David Randall (Pluto Press, pp245, 15.99)". British Journalism Review. 18 (4): 85–86. doi:10.1177/09564748070180041203. ISSN 0956-4748. S2CID 144491122.
- David Randall "The Greatest Reporters", The Independent, 12 September 2005
- Annie Lawson (19 September 2005). "Inside Edge". The Age.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Miami Herald crime correspondent Edna Buchanan was among the journalists to feature in David Randall's new book, The Great Reporters
- Christopher Hirst; Boyd Tonkin (7 October 2005). "Paperbacks". The Independent. pp. 26–7.