Effective Newsroom Leader.

Course Details

  • Date Tue, 16th April 2024
  • Time 09:00 to 17:00
  • Duration 2 days (This course takes place on 16th and 17th April 2024.)
  • LocationGibson Hotel, Dublin 1
  • Trainers Jane Kinghorn, Sue Ellis, Richard Jackson

Course Aims

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.  The course is a 2 day intensive programme with a half day virtual follow-up in which participants will build the skills needed to be an effective and confident newsroom leader. The course will also support you in creating an enviroment where every member of your team understands what is required from the output and from them.

Course Content

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course you will:

  • Have clarity in editorial decision making
  • Have greater editorial confidence
  • Gain an understanding of your personal leadership style and how to flex that style for maximum impact
  • Have developed the skills to connect as a leader
  • Understand how to create a safe, inclusive environment where everyone brings their best selves to work
  • Be in a position to apply a framework to guide challenging conversations and change outcomes
  • Practice key skills that underpin high quality conversations
  • Be able to share tools, tips and best editorial practice with colleagues in a confidential and supportive environment

Course Content

Day 1

In advance of Day 1 participants will be required to complete a personal development plan 'The Newsroom Leader I am and the Newsroom Leader I want to be'.

  • Welcome - outline of support and challenge approach
  • Contracting and Psychological safety
  • Purpose and Vision - What does great News Leadership look like right now?
  • Your editorial leadership challenges(action learning)
  • Your leadership style and your impact on others
  • Editorial In-tray - practicial newsroom exercise
  • Great conversations - listening and questioning
  • How listening and questioning skills support strong editorial teams and the delivery of impactful original journalism
  • Share tips and techniques for impactful journalism
  • Reflections and learnings
  • Homework - Purpose and Health Check

Day 2

  • Ice-breaker and reflections on Day 1
  • Editorial In-tray - practical newsroom exercise
  • Feedback and honest conversations
  • Your team health check
  • Communication styles and tips and techniques
  • Update on Newsroom Leader you are and want to be
  • Commit to actions to be reviewed at virtual follow up session

Day 3 - Virtual (8-12 weeks after course completion)

  • Review actions, progress and insights since face to face sessions
  • Celebrate successes
  • Identify new or emerging challenges
  • Work in action learning groups
  • The power of this network - how the newsroom leaders can support each other, collaborate and innovate


Richard Jackson

Richard has extensive people management and team leader experience running high profile broadcast programmes and leading high quality training and development initiatives. Over 30 years at BBC as a journalist, manager, senior leader, trainer, facilitator and coach. Led award winning teams including at BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC World Service. Designed and delivered successful training programmes for new-joiners through to senior leaders.

Jane Kinghorn

Jane is an experienced executive coach and trainer specialising in achieving inspirational leadership through clear and compelling communication and individual presence. She designs and delivers events to teams and individuals using her background in journalism to draw on life experiences to inspire and lead team members, colleagues and external stakeholders.

Jane provided coaching and group facilitation on the leadership programme for the top 600 leaders of a global communications organisation to help lead them through a large-scale cultural transformation.

Jane worked as a BBC reporter and presenter, and for more than ten years as a Television editor and senior leader in the corporation. For the last six years Jane has worked in the BBC Training Academy specialising in leadership and personal development.

Sue Ellis

Sue is a former BBC journalist now working in leadership and personal development. Her passion is helping others to develop, and, as an executive coach, she works on a one to one basis or in small groups to discuss challenges and inspire new thinking.  She delivers training in building resilience, with a focus on managing emotions.  She also run courses in influencing skills and how to have more effective conversations

Who is this content for?

This course is aimed at News Editors, Deputy News Editors and those aspiring to be in the position of News Editor.

Course will take place on 16th and 17th April 2024.

Training Method

This course is delivered in person over 2 days with a follow up day delivered virtually.