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State of journalism jobs market to be debated at NCTJ conference

Amy FentonThe future of sports reporting and the current journalism jobs market are set to be debated at next month’s NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference.

The NCTJ has revealed the full line-up for the conference, which will take place on 28 and 29 November at the University of Sunderland.

A session called ‘The new jobs landscape for NCTJ graduates’ will examine the varied roles of NCTJ graduates and the results from a survey into students’ job destinations, while Leeds Live live news reporter Kristian Johnson will appear on the bill for a discussion on social and mobile video journalism.

A discussion entitled ‘The future of sport journalism in a digital age’ will see Sunderland Echo digital sports specialist Joe Nicholson being joined on the panel by Sky News sports correspondent Martha Kelner, Lancashire County Cricket Club content and communications executive Luke Bidwell and University of Sunderland sports journalism programme leader John Price.

HTFP reported last month how the Facebook-funded community news project would be on the agenda at the conference, and it has now been revealed three journalists employed under the scheme.

Scarlet McBride, of Teesside Live, Natasha Meek, of the Bradford Telegraph & Argus, and James Vukmirovic, of Wolverhampton daily the Express & Star will discuss the project with JPIMedia North East editorial director Joy Yates and Bournemouth University journalism lecturer Miriam Phillips.

It was also previously revealed the conference host a discussion on keeping resilient and understanding personal safety, examining issues including online trolls, mental health in the newsroom and safety on patch.

The NCTJ has now confirmed Amy Fenton, pictured, chief reporter at South Cumbria daily The Mail will sit on that panel, along with Financial Times deputy managing editor Abbie Scott, Daily Mirror staff photographer Any Commins, The Athletic reporter Adam Crafton and BuzzFeed news editor Elizabeth Peers.

Special guest Kevin Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror, will also join delegates for a Q&A session at a drinks reception ahead of the NCTJ’s annual Awards for Excellence celebration on the first night of the conference.

The awards will be presented during a gala dinner and ceremony at Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light home on the evening of 28 November.

The full conference line-up can be found here.