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Celebrating 60 Years of Independent Print Media
15 April - 3 May
Queen’s University Belfast and industry professionals celebrate 60 years of independent student journalism. 2015 is a momentous year for the students of Queen’s University Belfast. Based in a small, minimalistic back office of their Students’ Union, the current editorial team of The Gown Independent Student Newspaper celebrates 60 years of untiring voluntary work in journalism and print media.
Founded in 1955 by American post-graduate student Richard ‘Dick’ Herman who was surprised to find that Queen’s did not already have its own regular newspaper, The Gown has survived and prospered as one of the longest-running independent student newspapers in the UK.
The Gown has seen it all, and been there too. Throughout its time The Gown has witnessed the highlights and lowlights of a tumultuous 60 years. The Northern Ireland peace process, the devastating consequences of terrorism, exclusive interviews with paramilitaries, and the endurance that saw the Berlin Wall fall; the student journalists of The Gown covered every significant event of the times. There was the Rock ‘N’ Roll boom, the swinging Sixties, interviews with notable musicians including The Pogues front man Shane McGowan, and even a gig review in 1981 of a small band called U2.
In the 60s, under the successive editorships of Ian J Hill, John Trew (Belfast News Letter) and Cy Jamison, The Gown won a number of awards such as Ireland’s best university newspaper. It later nurtured other well-known journalists including Mark Carruthers, Maggie Taggart, Don Anderson and Nick Ross (BBC); columnists Alf McCreary and Eamonn McCann (Belfast Telegraph); Peter Montellier (Editor, Newcastle Journal); Henry McDonald (The Observer); Conor O’Cleery and Martyn Turner (Irish Times). Other former editors such as Brian Garrett and John W. Wilson became prominent lawyers and David Montgomery has become one of Europe’s leading media tycoons.
It is these achievements and the accomplishments of many other past contributors across print and broadcast media that the 60th anniversary events celebrates. In this exhibition the Naughton Gallery hosts a selection of the most striking covers The Gown produced over the years alongside some of its most noteworthy interviews and articles.
Exhibition continues until 3 May