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Journalists around UK to get inclusivity training in NCTJ project

Hannah FearnJournalists across the UK are set to receive training on how to make their reporting more inclusive.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists has joined forces with the Media Trust to launch the ‘masterclasses’, which will be delivered in newsrooms around the country during the first half of this year.

The courses are aimed at providing reporters with practical tips and examples on how to be more inclusive in their reporting.

The sessions will touch upon topics like transparency, understanding audiences, language and tone, expanding your contributor database and sharing positive engagement case studies.

They will be delivered by Hannah Fearn, formerly of The Independent, The Guardian and Charity Times.

Hannah, pictured, posted on Twitter: “Really proud to say that I’m leading training on inclusive reporting for the NCTJ and @Media Trust.

“If you work on a major UK title your newsroom will be booking sessions, but get in touch if you want to find out more or sign up to our open seminars.”

The NCTJ’s official account on the site added: “We’re thrilled to be involved in this important training programme on inclusive reporting with Media Trust, which aims to promote a more level playing field for media representation.”

Julie HumphreysIn a separate move, a regional publisher’s diversity chief has pledged to focus on the “social economic background” of its employees in 2022.

Julie Humphreys, Reach plc’s group head of diversity and inclusion, has made the vow after setting out her goals for the next 12 months.

Julie, pictured, was appointed to the newly created role in December 2020 as part of the publisher’s commitment to “making positive changes at Reach for the long-term”.

In an interview with My G Work, a publication aimed at LGBT+ professionals and students, she set out what she believed had been her main achievements during her first full year in the job.

Said Julie: “It was the formal creation of ReachOut, our LGBTQ+ network which gave a safe space for all LGBT colleagues to come together if they wanted to.”

Julie also highlighted the launch of Reach’s LGBT+ podcast Out Crowd and collaborating with HIV and sexual health charity the Terrence Higgins Trust for World Aids Day as among the company’s achievements in 2021.

Explaining her plans for 2022, Julie went on to promote Reach’s new “leaders’ programme” which will look at topics including broaching complex and sensitive subjects within the workplace.

She added: “We will also be shining a light on social economic background as a demographic.”