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Big names turn out for journalism school training day

A journalism school has held a day-long event designed to help its students meet “the best minds in the industry.”

News Associates brought together past, present and future trainees to a day of panels and speakers with some of the biggest names in the media last Saturday.

The London and Manchester-based training centre, which was named the UK’s number one NCTJ-accredited journalism school last year, hosted nearly 20 leading journalists at its first ever JournoFest.

They included BBC News anchor Maxine Mawhinney and sports editor Dan Roan, Observer columnist Nick Cohen, and Alex Wickham, news editor of political website Guido Fawkes.

anel session pictured is 'Investigative Journalism' and on the pic from left to right as follows:   Andrew Greaves (News Associates), Meirion Jones (Bureau of Investigative Journalism), Jane Bradley (BuzzFeed), Matt Burgess (Wired & FOI Directory).

The panel session on Investigative Journalism featuring (from left)  Andrew Greaves (News Associates), Meirion Jones (Bureau of Investigative Journalism), Jane Bradley (BuzzFeed) and Matt Burgess (Wired & FOI Directory).


Other panellists included Toby Young, associate editor of The Spectator, Meirion Jones from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, BuzzFeed’s Jane Bradley, , The Guardian homepage editor Claire Daly and ITV Evening News editor Richard Frediani.

Sessions covered breaking news, social media, political journalism and investigative journalism.

News Associates managing director James Parsons said:  “The event was designed to bring our trainees together with some of the best minds in the industry to discuss key issues facing the industry with those at the coalface – part training, part networking, part chance to explore industry developments.”

“It was a wonderful success with very positive feedback from both speakers and trainee, and that planning has already begun in earnest on the 2018 event which will be bigger and better.”