Journalism Skills Conference 2018 welcomes you to Essex - home of the NCTJ and Harlow College

The NCTJ’s flagship event, the Journalism Skills Conference, is to be hosted in Essex by one of the longest-standing journalism training centres in the UK – Harlow College.

Delegates and guests will also visit the NCTJ’s headquarters for an evening reception before presentation of the 2018 Awards for Excellence at nearby Quendon Hall.

Harlow College, whose alumni occupy newsrooms across the UK and international media, is currently celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Taking place on Thursday, 29 and Friday, 30 November, the two-day conference brings together trainers, educators, journalists and employers to discuss and debate the latest developments in journalism, and journalism education and training.

We will be looking at the skills and techniques needed to bring to life data-driven stories, how to stay strong and keep safe as a journalist, the future of magazine journalism as well as the latest tips and tricks to verify information and images from social media in the fight against fake news.

We will explore how some of the biggest stories of 2018 were sourced and revealed to the public.

There will be specialist sessions to consider the latest developments in journalism and to share practice, teaching, learning and skills.

We are being joined by a host of speakers who are making waves in the industry and are working at the heart of the revolution in journalism skills. They include:

Hazel Baker, global head of UGC newsgathering, Reuters
Matt Cooke, head of partnerships and training, Google News Lab
Marie Helly, head of Beyond Fake News at BBC World Service
Bev Holder, chief reporter, Stourbridge News
Rebecca Hudson, head of news, Salisbury Journal
Alex Marrow, freelance for Sky Sports News
David Ottewell, head of Reach’s data unit
Adam Parker, digital news editor, Sky News
Tom Phillips, editor, Full Fact
Pete Sherlock, assistant editor of the BBC’s shared data unit
Martin Stabe, head of interactive news, Financial Times
Joy Yates, editorial director, Johnston Press North East

The prestigious Awards for Excellence gala dinner and ceremony, which recognises the NCTJ’s top courses and celebrates the best new journalistic talent, will take place at Quendon Hall on the evening of 29 November.

Just a stone’s throw away from the NCTJ, which will open its doors for a pre-ceremony reception, the 17th century mansion house will be an idyllic setting for the awards presentation and celebrations.

The two-day event is now open for bookings and, thanks to the generous support of our partners and sponsors, continues to offer exceptional value for money.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Click here to book your place.