NCTJ launches leadership programme to support editorial managers

The NCTJ is launching an ambitious leadership programme aimed at developing the next generation of editorial leaders.

The NCTJ is launching an ambitious leadership programme aimed at developing the next generation of editorial leaders.

The training is targeted at early-career editorial managers, addressing a gap in the market which was highlighted by senior industry leaders during extensive research carried out by the NCTJ earlier this year.

It will also be suitable for established leaders who are looking to refresh and enrich their leadership skills.

The programme will seek to empower managers with the skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in a rapidly-changing, fast-paced media landscape, with the ability to inspire, motivate and influence others to help drive media organisations forward.

The training begins in June with a series of virtual sessions including three-hour masterclasses and shorter lunch and learns, which are designed to fit learning into the busy day to day.

Laura Adams, head of the Journalism Skills Academy (JSA), said: “We are delighted to be launching our innovative leadership programme which has been created by journalists for journalists.

“We are aware that the editorial environment often presents unique challenges to managers and we want to reflect that in this flexible training scheme.

“We hope it will support and empower managers to thrive while developing the next generation of editorial leaders.”

The virtual training programme includes the following sessions:


  • Being an effective communicator
  • Motivating and engaging the team
  • Managing change in the newsroom
  • Diversity and inclusion in leadership
  • Safety and resilience for editorial leaders

Lunch and learns:

  • Leading with confidence
  • Employment law
  • Time management and prioritisation
  • Managing hybrid and WFH working patterns
  • Understanding imposter syndrome

Individuals can sign up to one or multiple sessions depending on the subjects most relevant to them. The cost is designed to be affordable, ranging from £39 to £119 depending on length of course.

In July, the NCTJ will host a new, dedicated course, bringing together talented journalists from across the industry to join a cohort that will undergo two blocks of in-person training. The group will develop insight, knowledge and skills in key topics in an editorial context, giving them the confidence to succeed as editorial leaders. Areas of focus will include operations, leading the team, change management, strategy and innovation, communication and workplace wellbeing.

In the autumn, the NCTJ will launch the first leadership qualification to create a quality standard for editorial management across the industry.

For more information and to book, click here.


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