Impressive programme for Journalism Skills Conference

The exciting programme for the 2010 Journalism Skills Conference has been announced, with an impressive line up of speakers and participants

The exciting programme for the 2010 Journalism Skills Conference has been announced, with an impressive line up of speakers and participants.

The annual two-day conference is taking place in Cardiff on 2-3 December at the National Assembly for Wales, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Castle and Cardiff University. It is a must-attend annual event for those who are passionate about quality multimedia journalism. This year the NCTJ is working in partnership with Cardiff University, who are celebrating 40years of journalism training, and the leading media organisations in Wales.

This conference will include stimulating discussions about the latest issues associated with developing professional journalists across all media sectors, while also celebrating the achievements of those involved in journalism education and training. It will also be a great opportunity to network.


Thursday, 2 December 2010 



1.00pm             Welcome reception and buffet lunch

1.45pm             Opening address

Leighton Andrews, Minister for Children, Education and Lifelong Learning



2.15pm             Welcome address

                        Kim Fletcher, NCTJ Chairman

2.30pm             Question time skills debate

Chaired by Brien Beharrell, NCTJ Vice-Chairman

Alan Edmunds, Publishing Director, Media Wales

Tweli Griffiths, political content editor, S4C

Phil Henfrey, Head of News, ITV Wales

Barrie Jones, Editor-in-Chief, NWN Media

Mark O’Callaghan, Head of News and Current Affairs, BBC Wales


                        Reporting devolution

                        Mike Gilson, Editor, Belfast Telegraph

Betsan Powys, Political Editor, BBC Wales


4.15pm             Tea with Welsh cakes


4.30pm             Transport to The Parc Hotel, Cardiff Thistle



7.00pm             Drinks reception in the drawing room and library

                           Sponsored by Visit Wales


7.30pm             Dinner in the castle’s banqueting hall

Presentation of the accredited course performance awards 2009-10

Presentation of the NCTJ Chairman’s award 2010

After dinner speaker


10.30pm           Late bar and bacon sandwiches at the hotel


Friday, 3 December 2010



9.15am             Registration and refreshments


9.40am             Welcome and introduction

                        Joanne Butcher, NCTJ Chief Executive

9.45am             Keynote address: digital media futures

10.00am           What is a fully converged journalist?

Chaired by Richard Tait, Director of the Cardiff Centre for Journalism

Panel of ‘new world’ journalists:

Kevin Leonard, BBC Cardiff

Hannah Waldram, The Guardian

Ed Walker, Media Wales

11.00am           Tea and coffee


11.20am           NCTJ gold standard qualifications and accreditation


Qualifications update

                        Catherine Houlihan, Chairman and Chief Examiner, Broadcast Journalism

Lyn Jones, NCTJ Head of Qualifications


Accreditation update

                        Chris Elliott, Chairman of the Accreditation Board

Michelle Patient, Head of Accreditation

                        Group discussions and feedback

12.45pm           Press Association presentation

1.00pm             Lunch

1.45pm             Transport to Media Wales for the optional tour

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