Journalism Skills Conference moves to Birmingham for 2015

The 2015 NCTJ Journalism Skills Conference sessions will be hosted this year by the BBC in Birmingham, the heart of its Academy training operation as well as home to its news output for the West Midlands.

The two-day event will be held at The Mailbox, one of the BBC’s main UK centres, on 26 and 27 November. The venue has been described by Tony Hall as ‘the place to be if you’re interested in new skills and digital innovation’, and, with the BBC’s journalism apprentice schemes, community outreach teams and talent and skills development now based there, it provides the perfect backdrop for the conference.

Delegates will stay at the Malmaison hotel and the Library of Birmingham is a modern, iconic venue for the awards dinner.

The conference is a forum for debating the competing priorities in journalism training. This year there will be a debate about the future structure of the Diploma in Journalism, asking how the entry-level qualification can be developed to meet the changing needs of the UK journalism industry. Other important topics include digital developments and diversity issues.

The event is a must for anyone interested in quality journalism training. It provides a vital link between journalism’s education, training and industry sectors.

David Jennings, head of regional and local programmes, BBC West Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Journalism Skills seminars at the headquarters of BBC Birmingham.  With the recent move here of the BBC Academy, Birmingham is the hub for all the training we offer – both for the BBC and the wider industry.  I am sure this will be a great opportunity to forge new links and explore key issues as the core skills of journalism continue to evolve."

It is also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those involved in journalism education and training. The NCTJ Awards for Excellence promise to be bigger and better than ever thanks to continuing support from NFL UK. The top-performing apprentices, students, trainees and accredited course providers will be recognised at an awards ceremony and gala dinner at the Library on the evening of 26 November.

To book online, please see the events page on the NCTJ website.