Journalism Skills Conference programme 2015

Thursday, 26 November

BBC Academy, The Mailbox
12.30pm Registration and lunch sponsored by the BBC
2.00pm Welcome
Kim Fletcher, chairman, NCTJ
2.10pm The BBC, journalism and the future
David Holdsworth, controller English regions, BBC
2.20pm Leading the digital revolution
Andrew Hawken, head of digital, Sky News
2.50pm Digging deeper – new tools for investigative journalism
Chaired by Paul Lashmar, senior lecturer in journalism, University of Sussex
Paul Myers, head of investigative hub, BBC Academy
Jeanette Oldham, investigations editor, Birmingham Mail
David Powles, investigations editor, Archant
3.35pm Tea and muffins
3.55pm Reviewing and restructuring the Diploma in Journalism - rationale for change
Neil White, editor-in-chief of the Derby Telegraph Media Group and chairman of the NCTJ journalism qualifications board
4.00pm Embracing the dark side – the PR and communications module
Chaired by Kim Fletcher, partner, Brunswick Group and chairman, NCTJ   
Rhea Alton, director, J&PR
Adam Thompson, account executive, Connect PR
Alun Thorne, head of PR, Broadway Malyan
4.40pm Mobile journalism masterclass
Marc Settle, leader of smartphone training, BBC Academy
5.20pm Session close Optional tour of BBC Birmingham and The Archers
7.00pm Drinks reception at the Library of Birmingham
7.45pm         Awards dinner Awards presenter: Nick Owen, BBC Midlands Today Accredited journalism course performance awards Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2015 sponsored by NFL UK. To view the shortlist, click here. Paul Durrant award for the best performance by a journalist from the East of England in the NQJ sponsored by Archant and presented by Nigel Pickover, editor, Eastern Daily Press Chairman’s award 2015 for an outstanding contribution to journalism training   Cash bar at te library until midnight. Late bar at Malmaison for residential delegates

Friday, 27 November

From 7.00am Breakfast for residential delegates at Malmaison 
9.00am Registration and refreshments at BBC Academy, The Mailbox Welcome
Joanne Butcher, chief executive, NCTJ
David Jennings, head of regional and local programmes, BBC Birmingham
9.10am Leading the digital revolution
Jeff Moriarty, chief digital and product officer, Johnston Press
  9.30am     Reshaping the Diploma in Journalism – core skills for the next generation
Chaired by Neil White, editor of the Derby Telegraph and chairman, NCTJ journalism qualifications board
Four breakout groups to discuss draft proposals to restructure the diploma
10.10am Report back from groups
Chaired by David Rowell
Panel: Amanda Ball, Joanne Butcher, Lyn Jones, Mark Spilsbury and Mark Wray
10.45am Coffee and pastries
11.10am A newsroom that looks like modern Britain – if not now, when?
Chaired by Abu Bundu-Kamara, NCTJ board member and director for diversity, Pearson
Ese Erheriene, commodities reporter, Wall Street Journal
Tunde Ogungbesan, head of diversity, inclusion and succession, BBC
Jayde Pearson, local radio apprentice, BBC West Midlands
Robby West, local radio apprentices, BBC Essex
11.50am From the editor’s chair – priorities for 2016
Chaired by Joy Yates, group editor, Johnston Press North East (South) and NCTJ accreditation board member
David Jennings, head of regional and local programmes, BBC Birmingham
Marc Reeves, editor-in-chief, Trinity Mirror Midlands
Jamie Summerfield, editor, A Little Bit of Stone
12.30pm Hannah Waldram, search and explore producer, Instagram
1.15pm Lunch
2.15pm Depart