Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference 2023

The NCTJ’s Journalism Diversity Fund annual celebration and conference will return this year on 29 November 2023 at BBC Media City, Manchester. The event will be hosted in partnership with the BBC, a longstanding supporter of the Journalism Diversity Fund.

As in previous years, the conference will offer an opportunity for individuals currently being supported by the Journalism Diversity Fund to come together – both to celebrate their achievements and to consider key questions about how the news media sector can continue to improve its approach to diversity and inclusion.

It will also bring together previous bursary recipients, mentors, sponsors and supporters to celebrate the work of the Journalism Diversity Fund, which has helped more than 500 people from diverse backgrounds begin their journalism careers.

Representatives of the organisations which back the JDF will also be warmly welcomed, as will other key stakeholders.

Please note, the event is invite-only.



Building a neuro-inclusive workforce and the benefits it presents

Chair: Frances Yeoman, head of journalism, Liverpool John Moores University
Edward Hardy, journalist and JDF recipient
Jessie Hewitson, money and business editor, The i
Michael Pearson, social media lead, BBC

Clockwise: Edward Hardy, Jessie Hewitson, Michael Pearson, Frances Yeoman

Fireside chat: Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live

With Jo Adetunji, editor, The Conversation UK

Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live, and Jo Adetunji, editor of The Conversation UK

Nihal Arthanayake, BBC Radio 5 Live
With Jo Adetunji, editor, The Conversation UK

How do we make our output inclusive and diverse

Chair: Veronica Kan-Dapaah, assistant editor, Financial Times
Declan Carey, local democracy reporter, Manchester Evening News
Rianna Croxford, investigative reporter, BBC
Emily Davison, trainee journalist, Newsquest

Clockwise: Declan Carey, Emily Davison, Rianna Croxford, Veronica Kan-Dapaah

Presentations of specialist bursaries
Presentations of the Thomas Read bursary, Football Writers’ Association bursary and Aziz Foundation bursaries to Journalism Diversity Fund recipients

Clockwise: Aziz Foundation bursary, Football Writers’ Association bursary and Thomas Read bursary

How AI can help newsrooms and journalism become more diverse
Wes Johnson, head of production, PA Media
Karyn Fleeting, delivery director, Reach
Lucas Johnston, head of product, FT Strategies

Clockwise: Lucas Johnston, Wes Johnson and Karyn Fleeting

Journalism Diversity Fund developments

Nikki Akinola, senior diversity and inclusion co-ordinator, NCTJ
Will Gore, head of projects and partnerships, NCTJ

Nikki Akinola and Will Gore

Lead sponsor cheque presentation
NLA media access, founding sponsor of the Journalism Diversity Fund, to present a cheque for £100,000 to the Journalism Diversity Fund.


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