Journalism Skills Conference 2018 Programme

Day one: Thursday, 28 November
University of Sunderland St Peter's Campus, David Puttnam Media Centre

11.00 Registration
12.00 Lunch
13.15 Welcome
Kim Fletcher, chairman, NCTJ
13.20 Opening address
Lee Hall, head of school of media and communications, University of Sunderland
13.30 The Community News Project: how the new breed of reporters are making waves in the community
Delving into how the project has changed communities and newsrooms. We hear from community reporters about the stories they are most proud of, as well as an editor, training provider and Facebook representative on how the scheme is progressing.

Chaired by Joy Yates, editorial director, JPI Media North East
Scarlet McBride, community reporter, Teesside Live
Natasha Meek, community reporter, Bradford Telegraph and Argus
Miriam Phillips, lecturer in journalism, Bournemouth University
James Vukmirovic, community reporter, Express and Star

The panel will also be joined by a representative from Facebook
14.30 The future of sport journalism in a digital age
Exploring how digital developments have transformed sports reporting, including engagement with fans and audiences and how technology has changed these relationships.

Chaired by John Price, BA (Hons) Sports Journalism, University of Sunderland
Luke Bidwell, content and communications executive – cricket, Lancashire Cricket Club
Martha Kelner, sports correspondent, Sky News
Joe Nicholson, digital sports specialist, Sunderland Echo The panel will also be joined by a representative from Sunderland FC
15.30 Refreshments
16.00 Keeping resilient and understanding personal safety
Dealing with how to stay resilient against online trolls, looking after mental health, safeguarding and not letting anxiety get in the way of finding the story.

Chaired by Abbie Scott, deputy managing editor, the Financial Times
Andy Commins, staff photographer, Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror
Adam Crafton, reporter, The Athletic
Amy Fenton, chief reporter, The Mail
Elizabeth Pears, news editor, BuzzFeed
16.45 Session close and coaches to Hilton Garden Inn hotel
  Awards for Excellence at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland
18.00 Optional tour of the Stadium of Light
18.30 Drinks reception
18.45 Q&A with Kevin Maguire, associate editor, Daily Mirror
19.45 Awards for Excellence gala dinner and ceremony
  Accredited journalism course performance awards
Awards for Excellence 2019
Chairman's award for an outstanding contribution to journalism training
23.00 Close

Day two: Friday, 29 November
Hope Street Xchange, 1-3 Hind Street, Sunderland

09.00 Registration and refreshments
09.20 Welcome
Laura Adams, vice-chairman, NCTJ
09.30 Social and mobile video journalism: storytelling with a smartphone
Exploring new skills in the world of social and mobile video journalism, including strategies surrounding video content and how to engage audiences on different platforms.

Chaired by Jenny Wotherspoon, video journalism lecturer, University of Sunderland
Sarah Gough, multimedia producer, Channel 4 News
Kristian Johnson, live news reporter, Leeds Live
Tom Platt, digital editor, Reuters Video News
Simone Stewart, digital video producer, BBC News
10.30 The power of podcasting
Focusing on the importance of podcasts in the changing face of journalism, how to connect with and draw in listeners and tips and skills for a successful podcast.

Chaired by Richard Berry, senior lecturer, University of Sunderland
Emma Casson, freelance producer
Georgia Coan, podcast producer, BBC News
Peter Murray, journalism lecturer and producer of the Bang To Rights podcast, Manchester Metropolitan University
Andrew Musgrove, host, Everything is Black and White podcast
11.15 Refreshments
11.45 The new jobs landscape for NCTJ graduates
Examining the varied roles of NCTJ graduates, the results from the survey into students’ job destinations and how the skills gained in their training are used in their careers. We will also discuss the relevance of the diploma in today’s industry.

Chaired by Lee Hall, head of the School of Media and Communications, University of Sunderland
Rebecca Connolly, account manager, OPR
Elliot Jessett, digital content manager, Baltic Triangle CIC
Eve Powers, digital communications officer, Diocese of Manchester
Abbas Panjwani, writer and researcher, Full Fact
Emily Parker, social media executive, Tombola
12.45 Networking lunch
14.00 Close

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