Thursday, 2 December 2010


1.00pm          Welcome reception and buffet lunch

1.45pm          Opening address
Leighton Andrews, Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning


2.15pm          Welcome address
Kim Fletcher, NCTJ Chairman

2.30pm          Question time skills debate
Chaired by Brien Beharrell, NCTJ Vice-Chairman
Alan Edmunds, Publishing Director, Media Wales
Tweli Griffiths, Political Content Editor, S4C
Phil Henfrey, Head of News, ITV Wales
Barrie Jones, Editor-in-Chief, NWN Media
Mark O’Callaghan, Head of News and Current Affairs, BBC Wales

                        Reporting devolution
Mike Gilson, Editor, Belfast Telegraph
Betsan Powys, Political Editor, BBC Wales

4.15pm          Tea and Welsh cakes

4.30pm          Transport to The Parc Hotel, Cardiff Thistle


7.00pm          Drinks reception in the drawing room and library
Sponsored by Visit Wales 

7.30pm          Dinner in the castle’s banqueting hall
Presentation of the accredited course performance awards 2009-10
Presentation of the NCTJ Chairman’s award 2010
After dinner speaker

10.30pm        Late bar and bacon sandwiches at the hotel

Friday, 3 December 2010


9.15am           Registration and refreshments

9.40am           Welcome and introduction
Butcher, NCTJ Chief Executive

9.45am           Press Association presentation

10.00am        What is a fully converged journalist?
Chaired by Richard Tait, Director of the Cardiff Centre for Journalism
Panel of ‘new world’ journalists:
Kevin Leonard, BBC Cardiff
Hannah Waldram, The Guardian
Ed Walker, Media Wales

11.00am        Tea and coffee

11.20am        NCTJ gold standard qualifications and accreditation

                        Qualifications update
Catherine Houlihan, Chairman and Chief Examiner, Broadcast Journalism
Lyn Jones, NCTJ Head of Qualifications

                        Accreditation update
Chris Elliott, Chairman of the Accreditation Board
Michelle Patient, Head of Accreditation

                        Group discussions and feedback

1.00pm          Lunch

1.45pm          Transport to Media Wales for the optional tour