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Lecturer who started out at Belfast Telegraph to retire

By Benjamin Wright

A university lecturer who has taught more British newspaper journalists than any other has officially put down his pen after a 35-year career that started at the Belfast Telegraph.

David English - whose alumni include many of the UK's journalistic elite at outlets including The Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Daily Mirror and the BBC, as well as regional newspapers across the country - will retire from his role as newspaper director at Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies this summer.

Over the past three decades Mr English has supervised the training of more than 1,000 journalists and overseen the school's transition from a small editorial centre to an internationally-renowned media training ground.

A graduate from Oxford University, North Yorkshire-born Mr English initially trained as a journalist with Thomson Regional Newspapers (now Trinity Mirror), on the Belfast Telegraph and then The Journal, Newcastle.

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