Journalism Skills Conference programme

Thursday, 27 November

University of Sheffield, Inox: Discovery Room

12.30pm Registation and lunch


Kim Fletcher, chairman, NCTJ

Professor Gill Valentine, pro-vice chancellor of the faculty of social sciences, University of Sheffield


Editorial priorities for the collaborative digital age - how things look from the editor's chair in Yorkshire

Chaired by Peter Cole, emeritus professor of journalism, University of Sheffield

James Mitchinson, editor, Sheffield Star

Tim Smith, acting head of regional and local programmes, BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


Taking stock of the digital-first multimedia skillset

Chaired by David Holmes, lecturer in journalism studies, University of Sheffield

Alison Gow, digital innovation editor, Trinity Mirror

Alex Evans, multimedia reporter, Sheffield Star

David Marsh, production editor, The Guardian and editor, Guardian Style Guide and Mind Your Language blog
3.45pm Tea and cakes

The changing face of photojournalism

Chaired by Jane Parr, course leader, Sheffield College  

David Burner, photo editor and co-owner, Caters News Agency Ltd

Paul Kerley, producer, BBC News

Neil White, editor-in-chief, Burton Mail and Derby Telegraph
Session Close

Optional tour of the University of Sheffield journalism department

Residential delegrates will walk to the Novotel




Drinks reception in the South Room, Sheffield City Hall

Awards dinner dance in the Ballroom, Sheffield City Hall

Awards presenter: Dan Walker, Football Focus and 5 Live

Accredited journalism course performance awards

Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2014 sponsored by NFL UK

After dinner speaker: David Blunkett MP

Chairman’s award 2014 for an outstanding contribution to journalism training  


Friday, 28 November

      Breakfast for residential delegates at the Novotel                
9.00am Transfer from the hotel by coach to Sheffield College

Sheffield College, Granville Road, City College Campus

9.15am       Registration and refreshments                                

Joanne Butcher, chief executive, NCTJ

Heather Smith, local college principal Hillsborough, Norton and Peaks, Sheffield College


Managing ethics and regulation in the post-Leveson newsroom

Chaired by Mark Hanna, senior lecturer, University of Sheffield and chair of the media law and regulation examinations board

Peter Lowe, managing editor, Sky News

Gary Shipton, deputy chairman, Johnston Press editorial board, and editor-in-chief of Sussex Newspapers

Doug Wills, managing editor, Evening Standard, i, The Independent and Independent on Sunday



Political reporting at a time of crisis - chronicling the Rotherham scandal

Chaired by Amanda Ball, senior lecturer, Nottingham Trent University and principal examiner and chair of the public affairs examinations board

Andrew Mosley, editor, The Rotherham Advertiser

Andrew Norfolk, chief investigative reporter, The Times
11.15pm Coffee and pastries
11.45pm It's no longer all about scoring goals - diversifying the world of sports reporting

Chaired by Andy Cairns, executive editor, Sky Sports News

Martha Kelner, sports journalist, Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday

Janine Self, vice chair, Sports Journalists' Association

Sonali Shah, presenter and journalist, BBC Sport
12.30pm Safe reporting and international journalism

Marie Kinsey, joint head of journalism studies, University of Sheffield, Centre for Freedom of the Media
1.00pm Lunch in Sparks restaurant
2.00pm Depart