Reference number
  • GOO
Date
  • 1881-2014
Level
  • Collection
Description
  • This collection contains: papers assembled as a member of the Royal Commission on the Press, 1973-1977; papers assembled whilst researching and writing 'The awkward warrior - Frank Cousins: his life and times' (published 1979), 1940s-1997.
Extent
  • 137 boxes
Admin history
  • Geoffrey Goodman was born in Stockport in 1922 (in 1939 he gave his birth year as 1921 in order to be eligible to join the Royal Air Force and retained this extra year for the rest of his life) and studied at the London School of Economics. He served in the Royal Air Force from 1941 to 1946 before beginning his career as a journalist, author and broadcaster. He was a reporter and feature writer for the 'Manchester Guardian', 1946-1947, general reporter, political and industrial reporter and foreign reporter for the 'News Chronicle', 1947-1960, industrial editor, columnist and foreign correspondent for the 'Daily Herald' and its successor the 'Sun', 1960-1969, assistant editor (1976-1986), columnist and industrial editor for the 'Daily Mirror', 1969-1986. He was also a member of the Royal Commission on the Press, 1974-1977, and joint author of the Minority Report, head of the government's Counter-Inflation Publicity Unit, 1975-1977, and chairman of the Hugh Cudlipp Memorial Trust.

    Goodman received the Gerald Barry Award for Journalism, 1984-1985, and was founding editor of 'British Journalism Review', 1989-2002. He was appointed a CBE in 1998 for services to journalism. His published work includes 'The Awkward Warrior - Frank Cousins: his life and times' (1979), 'The Miners' Strike' (1985), and 'From Bevan to Blair' (2003), a memoir of fifty years of political reporting. He also edited the essay collection 'The State of the Nation `- the political legacy of Aneurin Bevan' (1997). He died in September 2013 aged 91.

    Reference: Debrett's Peerage Limited, 'People of Today' (London, 1997); curriculum vitae in 1295/35/3.
Appraisal
  • The collection has been weeded for duplicates and material in contravention of copyright law.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The Centre also holds the papers of Frank Cousins.