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Published on 28 March 2019

NCTJ conference is set to be held at the University
NCTJ conference is set to be held at the University

The University of Sunderland is set to host a flagship national journalism event for the first time.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists’ (NCTJ) annual Journalism Skills Conference will this year take place at the University on Thursday, 28 and Friday, 29 November.

The two-day conference brings together trainers, educators, journalists and employers to discuss and debate the latest developments in journalism, and journalism education and training.

Lee Hall, Head of the School of Media and Communications at the University of Sunderland, said: “We are delighted to host the NCTJ National Skills Conference and Awards for Excellence, 2019.

“Sunderland is a city regenerating and redefining itself - much of this transformation is culture-led and driven by the University. The city has always been a hotbed for news and sport reporting so we can't wait to give educators, speakers and aspiring journalists from around the UK a warm north east welcome.

“This is a moment of challenge, change and opportunity for the country and the news media. Our intention is to help deliver a conference programme that reflects these unprecedented times.

 “At the University of Sunderland we have a fine reputation for high-quality journalism education and industry collaboration. We are proud of our strong links with the NCTJ and look forward to celebrating the achievements of the next generation of journalists in November.”

The prestigious Awards for Excellence gala dinner and ceremony, which recognizes the NCTJ’s top courses and celebrates the best new journalistic talent, will take place at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on the evening of 28 November.

Tickets for the conference will be released in May, and the Awards for Excellence 2019 are now open for entries on the NCTJ website.