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David Randall The Observers Former Associate Editor Died At The Age Of 70

David Randall, a former Observer associate editor, died at the age of 70.
He died at his workstation, working on a new edition of his book Suburbia, a chronicle of life growing up in the suburbs that was hailed for its hilarious insight into what happened behind the closed (but not always drawn) curtains of the nation’s semi-detacheds.
Randall was born in Ipswich, Suffolk, in 1951 and is survived by his wife Pam, four sons, Guy, Paul, Simon, and Tom, as well as four grandkids.
Jeremy Paxman, the editor of the university’s student newspaper Varsity, invited him to write for the daily when he was studying economics at Cambridge.
He contributed to Druisilla Nutt-Tingler’s weekly column The Adventures of Druisilla Nutt-Tingler on a weekly basis.
He joined the Croydon Advertiser as a trainee reporter in 1974 after a brief stint as a professional comedian and a marketing manager for a cosmetics firm – two experiences he would later say were easily mistaken.
After serving in a variety of capacities, he progressed to become the paper’s editor in 1980, when it had the largest circulation local weekly in the United Kingdom.
He worked during the day and freelanced in the evenings and weekends for national publications in Fleet Street.
This includes a stint writing image captions for the infamous Sun page 3, an experience he later credited with teaching him how to tell a tale in a few words and how important every word is.
He started as a deputy sports editor at the Observer in 1981.
Later, he worked as an assistant to Donald Trelford, the paper’s editor, and was involved in the transition from hot metal printing to new journalistic direct input.
He spent 1987 in the United States studying editorial computer systems before returning to the United Kingdom to assist in the transition to new production technologies.
After leaving the Observer in 1993, he directed the Disasters Emergency Committee’s national Rwanda appeal, which garnered more than PS30 million for survivors of the country’s genocide.
He went on to advise other newspapers throughout the world, including the Sunday Standard in Kenya and the Moscow Times in Russia, on new technology, presentation, and design.
He taught journalism for the British Council in Africa and the European Union in Russia and Central Asia.
These experiences inspired the publication of The Universal Journalist in 1996, a journalism textbook that is still frequently used by aspiring journalists and is available in five languages throughout the world.
He eventually worked as a senior editorial executive for the Independent newspaper before retiring to follow his hobbies of golf, gardening, and writing books.

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