Multimedia skills event to shape future of journalism training

BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay headquarters in Glasgow will be the venue for the Journalism Skills Conference 2009, an event which will help shape the structure of qualifications for multimedia journalists.

The future of quality multimedia journalism skills and training is the central theme of this year’s Journalism Skills Conference, which takes place on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th December in Glasgow. The conference follows last year’s successful inaugural event in Salford.

The conference will begin with lunch at Pacific Quay, followed by a question-time debate and a tour of the £188m BBC centre, which was opened in 2007 as one of the most modern, state-of-the-art, digital broadcasting facilities in the world.

Atholl Duncan, head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland, said: “With the whole media industry going through a period of seismic change, there has never been a better time to consider the skills and training needed for our journalists of today and the future.

“The Journalism Skills Conference is taking place at a crucial time for all. BBC Scotland is delighted to be hosting the NCTJ and to help create space to debate how we ensure the future of quality, informed and accurate journalism in the UK."

Following the tour delegates will stay on at Pacific Quay for the conference reception, dinner and presentation of awards to the top performing and most improved NCTJ accredited courses. The Chairman’s Award for services to journalism training will also be presented.

The following day the conference will move to Hampden Park, Scotland’s national stadium and the athletics venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

At Hampden Park delegates will be invited to contribute to interactive sessions focussing on media trends, the gold standard for training and the future structure and content of qualifications for multimedia journalists.

The conference is open to everyone involved in journalism recruitment, education and training and the discussions at the conference will play a large role in determining the future shape of NCTJ qualifications.

To reserve a place, or a number of places at the Journalism Skills Conference, please click here for details and for a booking form click here. Discounts are available for places booked before Friday 30th October.