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Journalism ethics top agenda at training gathering

Journalistic ethics will be high on the agenda at a major training conference taking place today and tomorrow.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is staging its annual two-day Journalism Skills Conference in Nottingham.

Today’s debates will focus on the need for a “new culture of ethics” in the industry in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards.

NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher recently said journalism ethics needed to be brought “centre stage” in the training curriculum following the inquiry, which is due to be published tomorrow.

“Following recent research and much soul searching, we have concluded that far greater emphasis must be placed on ethics in the industry’s journalism training and qualifications,” she told the Society of Editors conference in Belfast earlier this month.

“There is agreement across the industry that journalistic ethics matter a lot so that readers and audiences trust the information they are being given by the media.”

Other subjects under discussion in Nottingham will include tools for datajournalism, with David Elks, aggregation co-ordinator for Northcliffe Digital, among the panellists.

And HTFP blogger Steve Dyson will be among those discussing new developments in journalism training, focusing on business and finance journalism.

The conference will also see the publication of the results of the NCTJ’s recent survey into the state of the workplace.

The survey, carried out last month, asked journalists to give their views on working conditions, training and recruitment in a bid to explore how the workplace has changed over the past ten years.


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