Harlow journalism students meet top industry professionals at conference hosted by the college

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Journalism student Lucy Parish reports on the event held on November 29 and 30.

AN NCTJ journalism skills conference took place at Harlow College to discuss the future of journalism and how the media industry is developing in the modern age.

Chairman of the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Kim Fletcher welcomed media and journalism delegates to the event and said: “One of the things we’re most eager to do at the NCTJ is move as journalism is moving. Over the last 10 years the whole organisation has changed enormously.”

He added that although techniques had changed and technology had altered the way in which news was delivered, standards had to be maintained and “People do place a premium on information they can trust.”

Karen Spencer, principal of Harlow College, welcomed delegates to Britain’s oldest journalism school, from which various alumni have emerged. These include award winning journalist John Stapleton who is patron of Harlow School of Journalism, Piers Morgan, Sky News presenter Sophy Ridge, Richard Madeley, and Alan Rusbridger.

Ms Spencer told the conference: “We live in a media rich world where we click on something and are forced to make a valued judgement about whether it has any essence of truth in it. That means the young people today that we’re working with have a different experience of media and technology presented to them compared to someone like me.

“We as a college have had the School of Journalism for 54 years. John Stapleton is one of our fantastic patrons, he came to talk to our lovely students a couple of weeks ago about a world where a president can say black is white and white is black.”

The opening speeches by Kim Fletcher and Karen Spencer marked the beginning of a stimulating two-day conference. Throughout the event, professionals at the top of their fields held sessions looking at the skills and techniques required to write data-driven stories, how to stay safe as journalists and the future of magazines, as well as host of other subjects.

Our photograph shows Harlow journalism students with NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher.



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