Journalism Skills Conference 2018 Programme

Day one: Thursday, 29 November
Harlow College, Velizy Avenue, Harlow, CM20 3EZ

10.30 Registration and refreshments
11.30 Welcome
Kim Fletcher, chairman, NCTJ
11.35 Opening address
Karen Spencer, principal, Harlow College
11.45 Data journalism and graphics
Chaired by Jeremy Scott Diamond, data visualisation editor, Bloomberg
Leila Haddou, data journalism editor, The Times and The Sunday Times
Bev Holder, chief reporter, Stourbridge News
David Ottewell, head of data journalism, Reach
Pete Sherlock, head of Shared Data Unit, BBC
Martin Stabe, head of interactive news, Financial Times
12.45 Lunch
13.30 Facebook: Social video for journalists
Sarah Brown, training and news literacy manager, Facebook
14.30 Staying strong and keeping safe as a journalist
Chaired by Jo Webster, managing editor of strategy and operations, EMEA, Reuters
Dr Karen Fowler-Watt, associate dean, Bournemouth University
Angelina Fusco, independent training consultant and former editor of TV News at BBC Northern Ireland
Sandra Laville, environment correspondent, The Guardian
Colin Pererira, journalist safety specialist, Committee to Protect Journalists
15.20 The future of magazines
Chaired by Mark Allen, executive chairman, Mark Allen Group
Hannah Fernando, group brand editor, TI Media
Michelle Johnson, director of digital media, Vantage Media Group
Julian Read, editor, Essex Life
16.00 Session close
17.15 Coaches from Holiday Inn Express, Harlow to NCTJ offices
18.00 Drinks reception at NCTJ
18.35 Coaches from NCTJ to Quendon Hall
19.20 Awards for Excellence dinner
  Accredited journalism course performance awards
Awards for Excellence 2018
Chairman's award for an outstanding contribution to journalism training
23.00 Coaches for residential delegates to Holiday Inn Express, Harlow

Day two: Friday, 30 November
Harlow College, Velizy Avenue, Harlow, CM20 3EZ

08.30 Registration
09.00 Welcome
Joanne Butcher, chief executive, NCTJ
09.10 Covering the big stories of 2018
Chaired by Branwen Jeffreys, education editor, BBC
Stephanie Finnegan, court reporter, LeedsLive and ExaminerLive
Rebecca Hudson, head of news, Salisbury Journal
Alex Marrow, freelance, Sky Sports News
Sarah Whitehead, deputy head of newsgathering, Sky News
09.55 Sharing best practice, teaching and learning
Specialist break-out sessions: 

Innovative teaching methods, teamwork and assessments
Joy Yates, editorial director, JPIMedia North East
Lee Hall, head of the school of media and communications, University of Sunderland
 
Public affairs and local democracy reporting
Nicole Garnon, editor, South Wales Argus
Mike Hill, course director of MA news journalism, Cardiff University
 
Recruitment, apprenticeships and broadcasting developments
Lewis Heritage, assistant academy manager, school of journalism, Harlow College
Nikki O'Donnell editor, BBC Look East
10.30 Refreshments
10.45 Presentations from specialist break-out sessions
11.00 Journalists at Work 2018: Presentation of findings
Ian Hargreaves, professor of digital economy, Cardiff University
Mark Spilsbury, research consultant, NCTJ
11.30 Verification, fact-checking and creating trust-building content
Chaired by Will Gore, executive editor, The Independent
Hazel Baker, global head of UGC newsgathering, Reuters
Marie Helly, assistant editor of Beyond Fake News, BBC World Service
Adam Parker, digital news editor, Sky News
Tom Phillips, editor, Full Fact
12.15 Google News Initiative: Verification and newsgathering
Matt Cooke, head of partnerships and training, Google News Lab
13.15 Networking lunch
14.00 Depart

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