Budding court reporters hopefully enjoyed Mandy’s tribute to former McNae’s co-author Walter Greenwood on cbjbanter.
The part that may have particularly resonated was at the end where she highlighted his wish to help journalists stand up to bumptious court officials.
This was the focus of a great article a couple of weeks ago on Hold the Front Page – see link below – about a reporter’s fight to get hold of a judge’s first name.
Many journalists, especially those with more than a passing interest in media law, were saddened this week by news of the death of Walter Greenwood.
Walter, 87, was co-author of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists for many years and trained thousands of journalists during his career, many of whom achieved national prominence.
Walter was an acknowledged expert in media law and was still working in journalism training and working as an NCTJ examiner until very recently.
He was also a very nice man and had other interests than media law.
Walter had a particularly keen interest in wine and once compared the glass of red wine I was drinking after a media law event to Ribena.
In the absence of any case law on the subject I did point out in my defence that as it was pub wine the choice was very limited.
Walter was passionate about his work and he wanted to ensure that every journalist he trained knew the law well enough to be able to stand up for themselves and their journalism, especially when threatened by lawyers or hampered by bumptious court officials who were ignorant of the law.
I couldn’t put it better myself.
Take a look at the full story at pressgazette.co.uk