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NCTJ unveils programme for skills conference

Ethics and training matters will be among the topics discussed by a panel including regional newspaper editors at the annual Journalism Skills Conference later this month.

The two-day event is being run by the National Council for the Training of Journalists from 27-28 November at Bournemouth University and will include a talk from ITV journalist and broadcaster Mark Austin.

The conference, which is now in its sixth year, is an opportunity to debate the latest training issues across all media sectors.

Sessions will cover journalism and the digital landscape; skills and the economics of journalism; and the evolution of core journalism skills.

The NCTJ will be continuing its focus on ethics with a debate about training responsible professionals.

Confirmed speakers include:
• Mark Austin, journalist and presenter, ITV News
• Peter Bale, vice president and general manager, CNN International Digital
Pete Clifton, executive producer, MSN UK
• Ollie Joy, digital business journalist, CNN
• Sandra Laville, crime correspondent, The Guardian
• Frank Le Duc, editor, Brighton and Hove News and Latest TV
• Andy Martin, deputy editor and head of news, Bournemouth Echo
• Ian Murray, editor-in-chief, Southern Daily Echo
• Liisa Rohumaa, journalism lecturer, Bournemouth University
• Mark Russell, managing editor, GQ;
• Tom Thomson, managing editor, The Herald and Times Group
• Andrew Wilson, head of the journalism foundation, BBC

The sessions will be chaired by Karen Fowler-Watt, associate dean of the media school at Bournemouth University; Tom Hill, course director, Up To Speed Training; Stephen Jukes, dean of the media school at Bournemouth University; and Neil White, Derby Telegraph editor and NCTJ board member.

This year’s event will kick off on Wednesday 27 November and later that day there will be a dinner and awards ceremony at The Print Room, the former home of the Bournemouth Echo printing presses.

Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ, said: “We have been working with Bournemouth University to ensure we have a varied and informative programme for our sixth annual conference.

“With a range of speakers from across the regional and national press, magazines and broadcast, there are sure to be some interesting debates around the current training issues facing journalism.”

You can book conference places and view the full programme on the NCTJ website.