JournoFest

Every year we host a journalism conference packed with notable journalists from national newspapers and broadcasters and emerging digital platforms.

The event brings together trainees and alumni from all our courses including our BA (Hons) Journalism degree and prospective members of #TeamNA.

Veteran BBC News anchor Maxine Mawhinney got the event underway in 2017. An NCTJ-trained journalist herself, our keynote speaker imparted knowledge from her 35-year career in news broadcasting before answering questions from our inquisitive trainees.

Then it was the turn of BBC sports editor Dan Roan to provide his insight into journalism with our trainees, followed by a Q&A.

Dan discussed his coverage of the alleged scandals at British Cycling, the International Olympic Committee and FIFA.

The rest of the day saw journalists who are experts in their fields sitting on four panels discussing investigative journalism, breaking news journalism, political journalism and social media and the digital age.

Examining why slow news matters on our investigative journalism panel we had BuzzFeed News investigations correspondent Jane Bradley, Matt Burgess of Wired and the FOI Directory and Bureau of Investigative Journalism investigations editor Meirion Jones.

Meirion Jones, Jane Bradley and Matt Burgess

To find out more about what our investigative journalism panel said, click here.

Moving from slow news to breaking news, discussing the anatomy of a news story when terrorists strike on our breaking news panel we had The Guardian homepage editor Claire Daly, ITV Evening News editor Richard Frediani and national newspaper freelance photographer Jamie Lorriman.

Jamie Lorriman, Claire Daly and Richard Frediani

To find out more about what our breaking news panel discussed, click here.

With news and sport ticked off we moved onto politics with The Observer columnist Nick Cohen, Guido Fawkes news editor Alex Wickham, The Spectator associate editor Toby Young and Lord Stewart Wood, former advisor to Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband.

Nick Cohen, Toby Young, Lord Stewart Wood and Alex Wickham

To find out more about what our political journalism panel said, click here.

And to end the day we spoke about social media in the digital age. Discussing all things Facebook and SnapChat we had UNILAD editorial manager Ben Hayward, Channel 4 head of digital Jon Laurence, VICE head of social for Europe Olly Osborne and Mike Wright, a freelance social media consultant.

Olly Osborne, Mike Wright, Ben Hayward and Jon Laurence

Before they went back to their busy jobs, our JournoFest speakers took the time to share their top tips for getting into journalism. Watch below to see what they said.