Industry to discuss diversity and inclusion in journalism at NCTJ seminar

An audience of journalists, editors, employers and educators will join the National Council for the Training of Journalists on Thursday, 20 September at the 2018 diversity in journalism seminar.

Following the success of the inaugural seminar in 2017, this year we are partnering with Bloomberg, as part of its continuing support for the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF). The event will be opened by Matthew A. Winkler, editor in chief emeritus of Bloomberg News, which he founded with Michael Bloomberg in 1990.

The seminar will form part of the annual JDF celebratory event, inviting students, trainees, sponsors and supporters to come together to celebrate the work of the important industry fund, which has awarded almost 300 bursaries to fund the journalism training of diverse students since its launch in 2005.

Abu Bundu-Kamara, NCTJ trustee and group diversity and inclusion specialist at Boeing, will chair the event, welcoming some fantastic speakers on stage to bring a variety of viewpoints to two panel discussions. Click here to view the full programme.

The culture of inclusion is the topic of the first panel discussion, which will welcome the following speakers to the stage: Pamela Hutchinson, head of diversity and inclusion, EMEA, Bloomberg LP; Tunde Ogungbesan, head of diversity, inclusion and succession, BBC; Hayley Pearce, reporter for The Argus in Brighton and former JDF recipient, and Mark Rice-Oxley, head of special projects at The Guardian.

The panel will discuss how having reporters from different social, economic and ethnic backgrounds can help a media outlet engage with their audience better, and how employers can be more supportive of mental health in the newsroom.

The second panel discussion will focus on recruitment, fair access and retention in journalism, looking at the importance of hiring journalists from all walks of life, and how to retain them and help them grow in their careers.

The speakers are: Pamela Hall, HR business partner for Sky Entertainment; Amar Mehta, reporter for Newsquest and former JDF recipient; Abbie Scott, deputy managing editor at the Financial Times, and Charlene White, newsroom anchor, ITN.

Following the panel discussions, Gina Miller, co-founder of SCM Direct, will join the stage with Jacqueline Simmons, executive editor for global business at Bloomberg News, in a ‘fireside talk’ on the importance of raising your voice to influence change.

A vocal transparency campaigner and businesswoman, Gina Miller is best known as the woman who successfully fought a legal battle to ensure parliament was involved in the process of triggering Article 50 to begin Brexit, as legally required by our constitution.

It is considered the most important UK constitutional case for 200 years.

Attendance is by invitation only, however if you have an interest in diversity in journalism and would like to attend, please contact Cecilia Judmann at [email protected] as soon as possible.