Guest speaker series

At The School of Journalism your journalism studies are complemented by a whole host of guest speakers with a wealth of experience from across the industry. These vary course to course and are often related to the biggest news stories of the moment. Our speakers deliver sessions, run news conferences, host Q&As and much more! Here is a selection of our recent guest speakers and some of the advice they shared…



Ben Snowball, Eurosport and TNT Sports senior digital editor 

Jayne Pearce and Andrew McMenamin, Pearce International

Friends of News Associates Jayne and Andrew deliver regular workshops on crisis communications for our sports journalism trainees.


Asyia Iftikhar, Former PinkNews entertainment reporter, Tilly Pearce, Former Daily Express deputy TV and showbiz editor and Joy, Bauer Media entertainment reporter and content producer

Hannah Robinson, Kennedy News and Media reporter and Ethan Davies Manchester Evening News local democracy reporter

Freya Gascoigne, Sky News news desk editor and Kristina Wemyss, Daily Mail trainee sub-editor

Svitlana Morenets, The Spectator staff writer


David Keane, Kennedy News & Media editor

Jem Collins, JournoResources founder

Paul Hudson, Daily Mail
Paul delivered a session on column writing

Ian Chadband, AAP sports journalist

Tum Balogun, MailOnline sports reporter, Fadumo Olow, Sky Sports News reporter, Alasdair Hooper, Formula 1 duty editor and Ben Parsons, bunkered content producer




Craig Chisnall, The Athletic development editor

Paul Hudson, Daily Mail


Susie Rushton, The Telegraph Magazine deputy editor
Susie shared invaluable advice with our third year trainees who were completing their magazine journalism project

Sarah Lester, Manchester Evening News editor

Alya Zayed, MyLondon executive editor and Unzela Khan, MyLondon race and diversity editor


Mary Isokariari, BBC freelance senior journalist and social media journalist
Mary delivers regular social media masterclasses for our trainees. 

Kamal Ahmed, The News Movement co-founder and editor-in-chief

Claire Rowden, MTV Movies social producer, Neha Gohil, The News Movement correspondent, Helen Thomas, VICE senior social editor and Stefan Frost, Sportsbeat social media executive

Matt Lawton, The Times chief sports correspondent

Zoe Crowther, PoliticsHome social media journalist


Tim Singleton, Sky News head of international news
Tim is one of our London course advisors and will be a regular visitor to the centre. In September, he spoke about his career, how breaking stories develop and shared tips on how to network. 

Adam Wareing, Kennedy News & Media

James Holt, Manchester Evening News senior reporter

Abi Curran, Sportsbeat multimedia reporter

Claudia Savage, PA Media reporter

Molly Pavord, Splash News reporter

Eve Bennett, Sky News TV producer


Derek Brown,  News UK executive creative director

Aaliyah Harry, Grazia news and entertainment writer and Isabelle Casey, HELLO! magazine online junior writer


Paul Hudson, Daily Mail
Paul delivers regular sessions to our trainees on column writing


Charlotte Dewar, IPSO chief executive

Natasha Livingstone, The Mail on Sunday news reporter, Jonathan Harding, Racing Post reporter and Oliver Murphy, Metro freelance journalist joined us for a Q&A to talk through their exclusive stories

Geri Scott, The Times political reporter

Aubrey Allegretti, The Guardian political correspondent

William Turvill, Press Gazette associate editor and New Statesman media editor

Charlotte Dewar, IPSO chief executive

May Tim Singleton, Sky News head of international news Tim is one of our London course advisors and will be a regular visitor to the centre. In May, he spoke about his journey from print to broadcast journalism and reviewed our trainees’ news bulletins.  Matthew Dickens, director and photographer at and Matthew delivers a masterclass in photography on our NCTJ courses and summer school.      













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Jonathan Liew, The Guardian sports writer
Jonathan Zoomed into our Manchester classroom and shared advice on colour writing and gave our trainees feedback on their features.

Ronan Hughes, Sky News head of output, course advisor
Ronan is our Manchester course advisor and will be a regular visitor to the centre. In April, he ran a TV production workshop and reviewed our trainees’ video packages.

Inzamam Rashid, Sky News correspondent

Dharmesh Sheth, Sky Sports News presenter

Jo Wilson, Sky Sports News presenter

Jayne Pearce and Andrew McMenamin, Pearce International
Friends of News Associates Jayne and Andrew regular deliver workshops on crisis communications for our sports journalism trainees.

@newsassociates_ Sky Sports News presenters Jo Wilson and Dharmesh Sheth share their number one piece of advice for getting into sports journalism🌟 #DharmeshSheth #JoWilson #SkySportsNews #TransferDay #BroadcastJournalism #SportsJournalism #NewsAssociates #myristorantecreation ♬ Canyons

March Ian Ladyman, Daily Mail football editor Gerard Brand, Sky Sports News output editor News Associates graduate Gerard delivers live blogging masterclasses for our sports journalism trainees. Karthi Gnanasegaram, freelance broadcaster Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester Mhari Aurora, Sky News politics and business correspondent Andrew Gamble, Reach US Sports journalist      













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The Times & The Sunday Times associate editor

Ian Brunskill and trainee journalists Yennah Smart and Max Kendix joined our fast-track trainees for news conferences across our four Londoner sites.

Karen Edwards, travel, lifestyle and entertainment freelance journalist
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January Dave Woods, BBC rugby league correspondent Dave hosted a practical masterclass on commentary for our sports journalism trainees in Manchester. James Gray,  iPaper sports news correspondent Ian Chadband, AAP sports journalist Ian visits once a year to guide our sports journalism trainees through their Australian Open coverage! Neha Gohil, The News Movement correspondent Emily Coady-Stemp, Local Democracy Reporter James Walker, MyLondon assistant editor    













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**We also run our annual journalism conference JournoFest exclusive to News Associates and School of Journalism trainees every year. Click here for an overview of all of the advice from seven years worth of amazing speakers, panels and networking.**



Jem Collins, Journo Resources founder
Friend of News Associates Jem Collins regularly visits to run sessions on freelance journalism and pitching.

Tom Barclay, The Sun senior football writer



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November Doug Wills, Evening Standard editor emeritus Doug joins nearly every course in London to run mock news conferences for a super practical day-long exercise. Tom Earnshaw, content editor LancsLive Alex James, XS Manchester Breakfast Presenter Ian Herbert, Daily Mail deputy chief sportswriter      

@newsassociates_ Daily Mail deputy chief sports writer Ian Herbert’s top tips for getting into sports journalism ⚽️🏈 #SportsJournalism #TopTips #News #PostgraduateJournalism #JournalismDegree #JournalismWorkshop #NCTJ #JournalismStudent ♬ ALMOST HOME



Victoria Derbyshire, BBC broadcast journalist
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Justin Menhenett,  Solent News Agency editor

Tulsen Tollett,  BBC News broadcaster

Rizwana Hamid, Centre for Media Monitoring director

Martin Lipton, The Sun chief sports reporter


Julie Etchingham, presenter and reporter for ITV News at Ten, ITV Tonight & Exposure


Joe Wallen, Telegraph south Asia correspondent

We regularly host free masterclasses, workshops and Q&As – sign up here.