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Sheffield to host annual journalism training conference

Sheffield has been named as the venue for the seventh annual Journalism Skills Conference to be held in November.

The city is home to two of the National Council for the Training of Journalists’ accredited-course providers: the University of Sheffield and Sheffield College.

The two centres will be working together to co-host this year’s event, which takes place on 27-28 November.

Sheffield University is celebrating 20 years of journalism training in 2014 and, as part of the celebrations to mark the milestone, the university will be opening a new suite of newsrooms later in the year.

Vice chancellor professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “The University of Sheffield is delighted to be co-hosting this prestigious NCTJ conference in the twentieth year of our department of journalism studies. In 1994 we began working with student journalists, and our alumni are now at the hub of communications in newsrooms the world over.

“Twenty years on we continue to invest in the future of high-quality journalism by providing new newsroom facilities for students, and we look forward to showing our new journalism building to conference delegates.

Sheffield College also has a long association with the NCTJ and currently offers news journalism, photojournalism and press photography courses. It is due to relocate from Norton College to the newly refurbished Hillsborough campus in 2015.

Heather Smith, principal of Norton College, part of the Sheffield College, said: “We were one of the first colleges nationally to offer NCTJ-accredited courses after the organisation was set up. We are delighted to co-host this prestigious industry event and look forward to showcasing the best of journalism in Sheffield.”