Effective Newsroom Leader : A 2 day course for News Editors and Assistant News Editors.

Course Brief

A highly interactive and practical two-day course designed to develop the editorial leadership skills that are essential to leaders in a multimedia environment. The course will help you to clarify your editorial vision and communicate this to your team. It will look at the editorial values that underpin your vision and focus on how to make your team the best it can be: delivering the best in original journalism.

Course Content

The course covers:

  • Defining your editorial vision, communicating effectively with your team and setting goals to motivate them
  • Defining your editorial values - using real scenarios, we help you to develop clear editorial decision-making
  • How to encourage original thinking in storytelling and ensure your journalism has a greater impact
  • Developing an effective leadership style, including managing difficult situations and getting your message across
  • A follow-up one-hour Skype session is available after the course to address individual issues

Attendees will gain:

  • A clear editorial vision for their team and know how to communicate it
  • Confidence in their editorial decision-making skills
  • Tips and techniques to encourage original thinking in their team
  • Know-how to communicate effectively and confidently when handling difficult situations


Target Trainee Profile

This course is aimed specifically at staff within our member stations who lead and manage an output team. Participants must have approval from managers to attend this programme. This course is delivered by senior BBC journalists.


Andrew Wilson

Andrew joined the senior management team at the BBC College of Journalism in January 2007; appointed in response to an independent reporting following the Hutton Inquiry. He was asked to set up a high-profile learning programme for every new journalist and every new editorial leader in BBC journalism (the biggest of its kind in the world). Andrew also led the team which worked commercially on behalf of the BBC Academy, designing, marketing and running editorial leadership training for major international media organisations in America, Scandinavia, Hong Kong, Ireland and Singapore. During this time he also worked with senior teams in each of the BBC’s international hubs. In June 2015 he also took on responsibility for the Academy’s design and delivery of leadership and personal development training while continuing to run the Journalism Foundation programmes. 

Jane Kinghorn

Jane has been a working journalist for more than 20 years. She began her career in Independent Radio before moving to the BBC where she’s done just about every job you can do from Reporter, Presenter to Producer in BBC Radio and Television. Her last leadership role was as Editor of Television and Text Services for BBC West managing a 100 strong team of production and resource staff.