Join us for three days of workshops, panel discussions and practical advice in partnership with the Civic Journalism Lab at Newcastle University. You’ll be able to develop your skills and make connections.

We’d love to see you for three days, but you’re welcome to join us for a single day or just a session — we know that deadlines won’t wait. Every day will finish with a social, so you can continue discussions with your peers.

Please note we’ll be moving round the city: check you have the right venue for your session

THURSDAY 17 NOVEMBER: Boiler House, Newcastle University, Kings Road NE1 7RU

FRIDAY 18 NOVEMBER: The Frederick Douglass Centre, Newcastle Helix, NE4 5TG (First floor, room 1.17)

SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER: TED Theatre, The Catalyst, 3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix, NE4 5TG



  • 12pm: Masterclass: Data journalism with the BBC Shared Data Unit
  • 1pm: Local democracy reporting
  • 2pm: Surviving and thriving as a freelancer
  • 3pm: Masterclass: Build the perfect pitch
  • 4pm: Music journalism panel – what’s the future for music journalism
  • 5pm: In conversation: Chris Waugh, podcaster and NUFC correspondent for The Athletic  
  • 6pm: Evening mixer – join us each evening in Luther’s Bar for drinks and discusssion


  • 12pm: First steps in your journalism career
  • 1pm: Masterclass: super-power your research with a Google Tools workshop
  • 2pm: Corporate Accounts – what’s lurking in the numbers? With the Centre for Investigative Journalism 
  • 3pm: Masterclass: TikTok for journalists 
  • 4pm: Meet the editor: PA Media Editor-in-Chief Pete Clifton 
  • 5pm: Evening mixer – join us in Luther’s Bar for drinks and discussion


  • 1pm: Journalism that makes change – panel discussion on how to create and sustain journalism with impact
  • 2pm: Essential Media law update with McNae’s co-author Sian Harrison
  • 3pm:Masterclass: Digital Engagement. How to grow it and why it matters
  • 4pm: Building an independent media in Newcastle. Panel discussion with Q&A to follow


Terms and conditions

No admittance without prior registration.

Admittance is at the discretion of PA Training and our venue partners.

No filming or recording is permitted.

All panels / speakers should be considered ‘off the record’.

Further reporting restrictions may apply for selected speakers and due notice will be given.

Coming soon

We’ll release the details for this event very soon. Please check back.

Contact us

If you would like to contact PA Training about the Festival of Journalism please email us on [email protected] or call us on 0207 963 7920.