Full line-up of speakers revealed for this year’s Journalism Skills Conference

A vibrant line-up of media professionals working at the cutting edge of new and innovative journalism techniques has been revealed for this year’s Journalism Skills Conference.

The NCTJ’s flagship event brings together educators and employers from across the UK to discuss the latest developments in the industry, and journalism education and training.

The two-day conference will this year take place on Thursday, 28 and Friday, 29 November at the University of Sunderland.

The Awards for Excellence ceremony will take place on the evening of the 28 November at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light. Attendees will have the opportunity to take a tour of the stadium, as well as participating in a Q&A with Kevin Maguire, associate editor of the Daily Mirror, during a drinks reception.

Luke Bidwell, content and communications executive for cricket at Lancashire Cricket Club, and Joe Nicholson, digital sports specialist at the Sunderland Echo, are among the latest names confirmed to explore the future of sport journalism in a digital age at the conference.

Abbie Scott, deputy managing editor at the Financial Times, will chair a panel discussion on keeping resilient and understanding personal safety, including looking after mental health, safeguarding and online trolls.

Abbie will be joined by Andy Commins, staff photographer at the Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror, Adam Crafton, reporter for The Athletic, Amy Fenton, chief reporter at The Mail, and Elizabeth Pears, news editor at BuzzFeed.

Other panel discussions will look at social and mobile video journalism, the power of podcasting, and the changing jobs landscape for NCTJ graduates.

The conference will also give an insight into how the Community News Project and its reporters are making an impact in their newsrooms and neighbourhoods.

Click here to see the full line-up.