TitleMemoir of Michael Simmons entitled 'Shocking Times at the Guardian 1977-1997'.
Date8 December 1997
Extent1 item
Creator NameSimmons; Michael; journalist
DescriptionMemoir of Michael Simmons' time at the Guardian.

Michael joined the paper in 1977 after seven years on the Financial Times. He goes into considerable depth on the differences in character of the two papers.

He also describes the characters of the Guardian offices, and how the paper's 'controlling ethos' settled down after they left. He goes on to state how the staff he knew made the paper an enjoyable place to work.

Initially, Michael produced foreign special reports for the paper, as well as filling in on Eastern Europe. These 'special reports' eventually morphed into the Third World Review in the late 1970s. This Review became a popular forum for debate.

He goes on to describe his experiences covering Eastern Europe from the early 1980s until the fall of communism. After this he worked on home affairs and, finally, the society pages.
Admin HistoryMichael Simmons was the first editor of Third World Review section at the Guardian from 1977 to 1981. He worked as Eastern Europe editor from 1986 to 1990, as community affairs correspondent from 1993 to 1995, and society deputy editor from 1995 to 1997.
Custodial HistoryPart of project by the Guardian to gather material for the archive.
Access StatusOpen
CopyrightMichael Simmons

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