Leadership for journalists training programme

Exclusive residential training programme

Join the NCTJ’s in-person training scheme, which will develop the editorial leaders of the future.

The NCTJ’s inaugural leadership programme is created by journalists for journalists. It will bring together a group of talented journalists from across the industry to learn and develop key leadership skills that will give them the confidence to thrive in their day-to-day roles.

The residential course will take place in-person and will be delivered by industry and training professionals.

Programme contact:
Laura Adams

Delivery of training

Delegates will attend two blocks of residential, in-person training, which would be a total of 24 hours plus a two-hour virtual reflective session to complete the programme.

Training block 1
Venue: TBC
Day 1 Tuesday 14 February 2024 between 11am and 5pm
Dinner, guest speaker and accommodation
Day 2 Thursday 15 February 2024 between 8.30am and 2.30pm
Training block 2
Venue: TBC
Day 1 Wednesday 13 March 2024 between 11am and 5pm
Dinner, guest speaker and accommodation
Day 2 Thursday 14 March 2024 between 8.30am and 2.30pm
Final session Wednesday 27 March 2024 between 11am and 1pm
There will be ‘homework’ in between each block and the cohort will form teams to work on a task that will be shared at the beginning of the second block.

In the first block, delegates will gain knowledge and insight into the role of the manager and will learn what it takes to be a great leader and how this affects organisational culture and goals. They will develop an understanding of their own leadership style and abilities – and how this impacts the culture of the newsroom.

The second block will focus on how this knowledge and insight into leadership translates into the day to day covering areas including change management, strategy, innovation and workplace wellbeing.

The training will be fully interactive and will include discussion and group tasks. Guest speakers will also be invited to share their experiences of leadership.

At the end of the programme, delegates will receive a certificate from the NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Academy to show they have completed the course and the learnings will offer a gateway to the NCTJ leadership qualification.

Learning outcomes – delegates will:

  • Understand different types and perceptions of leadership and how leadership impacts on and influences an organisation
  • Have a better understanding of their own skills as a leader and the impact that they have in their organisation
  • Create individual development plans to develop leadership skills in line with future ambitions
  • Learn different methods to motivate and inspire their teams, creating a positive working culture and encouraging openness
  • Know how to train, mentor and develop members of their team to support retention, productivity and quality of work
  • Learn how to apply leadership knowledge and insight into the operational day-to-day
  • Be more alert to health and wellbeing and its importance in the workplace, putting structures in place to support employees
  • Form a peer support network to share experiences and best practice

Benefits to organisations

  • Delegates will return to the workplace with new-found skills, knowledge and confidence
  • This new approach will be beneficial to their teams who will feel motivated and inspired and happier in their roles
  • Delegates will be able to contribute to wider business goals and strategies
  • Delegates will be more confident to manage change within their teams
  • Delegates will feel a sense of value and loyalty in their employment

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