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Regional editorial chiefs to talk diversity and inclusion at conference

Joanna Webster picRegional editorial chiefs will be among those to discuss equality, diversity and inclusion and an annual journalism conference.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is hosting the conference, which will see topics including balance and fairness in reporting and social mobility.

Alison Gow, editor-in-chief (digital) at Reach plc, will talk about the opportunities diversity and change creates for journalism, and the culture of newsrooms.

Newsquest editorial development director Toby Granville will also sit on a panel discussing social mobility alongside Priscilla Baffour, global head of diversity and inclusion at the Financial Times, Rebecca Moore, technical operations manager at CNNI and Claire Sanderson, editor-in-chief of Women’s Health magazine.

Joanna Webster, pictured, managing editor for strategy and operations EMEA at Reuters, will chair the two panel discussions.

Attendees will hear from Dan Wright, one of the first journalism apprentices back in 2013 who has now progressed to news editor at the Kentish Express.

A discussion on balance and fairness in reporting will feature Kristine Aquino, team leader, markets live EMEA at Bloomberg, Ashley John-Baptiste, senior digital reporter at BBC News, Sami Mokbel, football news correspondent at the Daily Mail, and John Price, senior lecturer in journalism at the University of Sunderland.

Journalists, editors, employers and educators will be present at the invitation-only event.

Bursary recipients, mentors, sponsors and supporters will also attend to celebrate the work of the Journalism Diversity Fund, which has helped more than 300 people from diverse backgrounds train to become journalists since its launch in 2005.

The event be hosted by Reuters, in London, on Thursday 19 September.