Events

Our regular events include media briefings, training workshops, networking sessions, report launches and our annual CEO’s dinner. These events are held exclusively for our membership.

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July 03, 2024
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Social media masterclass with Jeremy Skeet, former head of social media for BBC News

How can charities do better at engaging younger audiences?

Jeremy will show us how charities can be more effective in reaching and engaging young audiences, drawing on his experience of launching TikTok and Snapchat channels at BBC News.

12-1.15pm on Wednesday July 3 on Zoom

During his talk, Jeremy will cover:
•    What he did at BBC and why it worked – strategy overview and implementation
•    Choosing the right KPI – what are you trying to do on social? Too little?
•    Being true to the brand – how do you reinterpret your brand for a young audience?
•    (Consistently) setting the right tone – the balance between the brand and the platform
•    Empowering staff/letting go – it might not be apparent but your staff share the brand values, just express them differently
•    Knowing the algorithm but not being in hoc to it – back to knowing your key KPI and not chasing the viral hit

This event is suitable for anyone working in social media for a charity – or interested in having a better understanding of how the social media landscape is changing and where to find young audiences.

Jeremy will show examples of good and bad practice and answer any questions. Please let us have your questions in advance or on the day. Email henry@ibt.org.uk

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June 19, 2024
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The challenge of reporting neglected crises

Our next panel debate will explore how the media is covering some of the world’s neglected humanitarian crises – Somalia, Sudan, Myanmar, Haiti and many more. How do editors decide which global stories to cover? What are the practical challenges of covering stories in places where security is a major challenge? How can international NGOs be most effective in working with the media to cover these important stories? Does more aid flow as a result of media coverage? Are there alternative ways to cover these stories to give those most affected a bigger voice?

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May 21, 2024
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Screening: Unreported World: Haiti: Pregnant & On the Run

Thank you for your interest in this event. We are now at capacity. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please register as normal and we will get in touch if there is space. 

Channel 4 will be hosting a special screening of this recent episode of Unreported World for IBT members in collaboration with One World Media. The film investigates the plight of pregnant women who are fleeing gang violence in Haiti and having their babies in the neighbouring Dominican Republic. Unreported World is Channel 4’s primetime global current affairs strand with a focus on telling stories that do not usually reach the mainstream media. We’re delighted to partner with them for this event.

The screening will be followed by a Q and A and networking.

Speakers:

Chair: Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Lead Presenter, Channel 4 News

Guillermo Galdos, Latin America correspondent, Channel 4 News

Russell Gates, Regional Director, Central Africa and Haiti, Concern Worldwide

Andy Lee, Series Producer for Unreported World, Channel 4 (@AndyLeeC4)

Nevine Mabro, Commissioning Editor, News and Current Affairs, Channel 4

 

The screening will take place at Channel 4 in Horseferry Road, London SW1 on Tuesday May 21st. This is an in-person event only. There will be no livestream.

Schedule:
6.30pm registration and drinks
7pm Film screening and Q and A
8pm Networking and drinks
8.30pm Event ends

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May 15, 2024
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Meet the Editors

For this month’s special briefing we meet two leading newspaper editors who are making their mark outside London and we hear about some of the radical changes that have taken place in the national and regional press. Both newspapers now have a strong online presence.

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April 24, 2024
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Briefing on Global Health: BBC News and The Telegraph

Speakers:
Tulip Mazumdar, Global Health Correspondent, BBC News
Paul Nuki, Senior Editor, Global Health, Security and Campaigns, The Daily Telegraph

Both The Telegraph and BBC News have a big commitment to covering global health.

We’ll be asking Paul and Tulip about the kind of stories they’re interested in covering and how best to pitch to them and their colleagues.

12- 1.15 Wednesday April 24 on Zoom

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March 20, 2024
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Briefing with GB News

There has been much comment about the rise of GB News and criticism of its overtly right wing approach to news. For this briefing, we have invited Sophie Berman, Executive Editor, News, to talk to us about the new channel.

What does she see as its USP? What opportunities are there for IBT members to pitch stories and appear as guests? If you’re thinking about whether you want to work with GB News, here’s your chance to make up your mind.

Wednesday March 20th on Zoom. 12 noon UK time.

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February 28, 2024
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Briefing with the Financial Times

The FT’s Africa editor, David Pilling, will talk to us about the kind of stories he’s covering and how best to pitch ideas to him and his colleagues (via Zoom).

You can follow David on X: @davidpilling

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January 25, 2024
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Briefing with Al Jazeera

Our first briefing of 2024 will be with Al Jazeera English. We’ll be hearing from Ben Rayner, their Executive Producer, based in London. Ben will talk us through how best to pitch stories to him and his colleagues. He will also explain some of the changes that have taken place recently at Al Jazeera English and the implications for the London team.

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December 13, 2023
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Photography workshop with Jonathan Perugia

Join us for an in-depth photography masterclass with photographer Jonathan Perugia.

Jonathan has worked for a number of NGOs over his career and advocates for charities and media to be more mindful of power dynamics when commissioning photographers.

We will be looking at a number of issues including how UK-based media officers can most effectively work with freelancers. The event will be chaired by our Advocacy Director Gareth Benest. Topics covered will include:

  • Working with in-country photographers.
  • Preparing effective briefs.
  • Photography discussion.
  • The decolonisation agenda.
  • Considerations for photography aimed at publishing in various media outlets.

The event will last from 10am to 1pm on Wednesday 13th December over Zoom.

You can read the blog Jonathan wrote for IBT earlier this year here.

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November 27, 2023
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Report Launch: Fighting for Space

Join us as we launch our brand new report, Fighting for Space: International content and the future of public service media in a digital-first era, written by our Advocacy Director Gareth Benest.

The event will be held in the CPA Room in Westminster Hall and will include a drinks reception.

The panel will include:

Ritula Shah (Chair), former Presenter of The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4
Jonathan Munro, Deputy CEO BBC News & Director of Journalism
Esme Wren, Editor, Channel 4 News
Gareth Barr, Director of Policy and Regulation, ITV
Catherine Johnson, Professor of Media and Communications, University of Leeds

Westminster Hall can be accessed via the visitor’s entrance on Cromwell Green. Police on the gate will ask you which event you are attending and they may also ask you to show your email invite. Please arrive early as there is often a queue to clear security.

Running order:

6pm – Arrive. Drinks reception.

6:30 – Panel discussion

7:30 – Debate ends. Drinks.

8pm – Event ends.

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November 01, 2023
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COP28 – the media challenge

COP28 – the media challenge. How should the media report on the latest UN climate conference? What will the key issues be? How can we all do more to engage mainstream audiences with the climate emergency?

9.30 – 11.30am on Wednesday November 1st. 

9:00 – Arrivals and tea/coffee
9.30 – Panel debate
11:00 – Tea/coffee
11.30 – Event ends

This is a joint event with IBT member ODI which will be hosting us at their offices in Blackfriars Road (opposite Southwark tube).

Confirmed speakers:

  • Patrick Greenfield, Environment and biodiversity reporter, The Guardian
  • Adam Vaughan, Environment editor, The Times
  • Victoria Seabrook, Climate reporter, Sky News
  • Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent, BBC News
  • Emily Wilkinson, Senior Research Fellow, ODI

If you have trouble signing up, email Henry at henry@ibt.org.uk

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September 20, 2023
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Briefing with Vice News

Helen Nianias, deputy editor of Vice News in London, will talk us through recent changes at the organisation, the sort of stories they are most interested in and who best to approach with ideas.

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July 12, 2023
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Social media training session

We’ll be hearing from Rhian Williams who will update us on the latest changes affecting all the major social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok.

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June 28, 2023
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Briefing with Times Radio

We’ll be hearing from producer Rosie Cutler who will talk us through how Times Radio works, the sort of stories and guests they are interested in and how best to pitch to Rosie and her colleagues.

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May 17, 2023
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Briefing with BBC News Channel

Join us for this special briefing with the BBC News channel just weeks after its launch. The new global news channel is the result of a merger between BBC News (for UK audiences only) and BBC World News (for global audiences). It’s the first time that the BBC has provided a 24 hour genuinely global news service for UK audiences. We believe this represents an important opportunity for IBT members to reach both UK and global audiences.

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April 19, 2023
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Briefing with the i newspaper

We’ll be hearing from Taz Ali, acting deputy foreign editor at the i, which has been widely praised for the quality of its international coverage both in the newspaper and online. Taz will talk to us about the i’s strategy and how best to pitch ideas to her and her colleagues.

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March 22, 2023
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Briefing with the News Movement

We will be hearing from the News Movement, which launched in early 2021 as the world’s first social-first news outlet. Charities can learn how to pitch their stories to the News Movement.

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February 22, 2023
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‘TikTok – a guide for charities’ report launch

We will be presenting the findings of our latest report, TikTok – a guide for charities, and talking to a panel of experts about the report’s recommendations.

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January 24, 2023
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Briefing with Today

We’ll be hearing from Tom Feilden, Assistant Editor on Today, Radio 4’s flagship news programme. Tom will talk us through how the Today team works and the best way to pitch ideas to him and his colleagues. He’ll also talk about his own brief – science and the environment – which he covers for the programme. This is a rare opportunity to engage with one of the most important news shows in the UK.

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December 06, 2022
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TikTok masterclass with Rhian Williams

Rhian is an active TikToker and in this masterclass she will guide us through the platform, explaining how it works and the kind of content that is successful. She will show us how a range of NGOs make use of it to reach young audiences.

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November 15, 2022
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Briefing with Reuters

We will hear from Mark Bendeich, London-based Global Managing Editor, Politics, Economics and World News. Mark will introduce us to the Reuters news agency which plays a key role in distributing breaking news, financial news and video to a range of clients and audiences.

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October 25, 2022
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Briefing with The Economist

We’ll be hearing from Jonathan Rosenthal, London-based Africa editor with the Economist. Jonathan will talk to us about the magazine’s Africa coverage and the best way to pitch ideas to him and his colleagues.

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September 27, 2022
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Briefing with Unreported World

We’ll be hearing from Andy Lee, series producer on Channel 4’s international current affairs strand, Unreported World.

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September 07, 2022
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Decolonisation workshop with Peace Direct

Dylan Mathews, CEO of Peace Direct, will be leading this event. He will talk us through Peace Direct’s research on the decolonisation agenda and the aid sector, highlighting key takeaways for comms and media professionals working in the sector.

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July 20, 2022
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IBT Networking Breakfast

We are organising a networking event for our members to share their experiences of working with the media.

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June 21, 2022
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Briefing with the Telegraph

We’ll be hearing from Sarah Newey, Acting Deputy Editor on the Global Health Security team at the Telegraph. Its content includes breaking news, features, debate and opinion. As well as covering mainstream health issues such as Covid, Ebola and other diseases, it also looks at the social and political instability caused by war and natural disasters and the impact of climate change.

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May 26, 2022
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Briefing with Channel 4 News

Esme Wren, the new editor of Channel 4 News, will be talking to IBT members about the future direction of the programme and its international coverage.

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April 26, 2022
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Charity campaigning: where next? – report launch event

Our new report, Charity campaigning: where next? shares lesson learnt from campaigners and social media experts about finding the right message, campaigning on social media, utilising the media and campaigning collaboratively. Join us for the findings of the report and to hear from our expert panel.

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March 22, 2022
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Briefing with BBC Africa

Nick Ericsson, Planning Editor with BBC Africa, will talk us through recent changes at the BBC and how best to pitch ideas to him and his colleagues.

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February 22, 2022
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Reporting international development – where next?

In this event we hear from a range of media that specialise in reporting global stories and issues and find out how they have been faring in a time of Covid.

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January 25, 2022
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COP26 – where next for the media?

We will hear from CNN, Sky News, the BBC and WWF, and Gaby Hornsby will share the BBC’s internal audience research to help us understood what sort of coverage is most successful in engaging mainstream audiences.

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December 07, 2021
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Podcast peer learning session

We’re hosting an informal peer learning session on podcasting for any of our members who would like to discuss their experiences working on a podcast and members who are thinking of starting their own podcast.

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December 07, 2021
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Podcast masterclass with British Red Cross

Jude Shapiro, producer of the We are VOICES podcast, will present this masterclass along with one of the refugees who worked on the podcast.

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November 16, 2021
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Briefing on crisis comms

We’ll be hearing from John Orme, a leading expert on crisis comms, and Sean Ryan, Media Director at Save the Children.

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October 19, 2021
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Briefing with CNN

We’ll be hearing from Richard Allen Greene, Head of Content at CNN in London.

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October 13, 2021
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Social Media Training – Day 2

We’ll be hosting two half day social media training sessions on 12th and 13th October.

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October 12, 2021
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Social Media Training – Day 1

We’ll be hosting two half day social media training sessions on 12th and 13th October.

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September 28, 2021
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Briefing on climate change with BBC News

Matt McGrath, the BBC’s Environment correspondent, will be talking us through the BBC’s plans for its coverage in the run up to COP26.

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August 03, 2021
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Podcast peer learning session

We’re hosting a peer learning session on podcasting for any of our members who would like to discuss their experiences working on a podcast.

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July 20, 2021
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Podcast masterclass with Today in Focus

Rachel Humphreys, producer and presenter of the Guardian’s award winning Today in Focus, will present this masterclass.

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June 22, 2021
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Briefing with Sky News on climate change

Sarah Whitehead, Deputy Head of Newsgathering is in charge of Sky’s climate change coverage in the run up to COP26. She recently launched The Daily Climate Show with 15 minutes a day of coverage of the issue, and a weekly podcast, Climatecast. Sarah will talk us through how best to pitch ideas to her and her colleagues and the sort of stories they are looking for.

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May 25, 2021
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Briefing with Time

Dan Stewart, International Editor of Time magazine and news website, will talk us through how best to pitch ideas to him and his colleagues and the sort of stories they are looking for. Dan is based in London and keen to hear story ideas from IBT members.

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April 30, 2021
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What have we learnt from international coverage of Covid?

In this event, which IBT is holding jointly with the Media Reform Coalition, we’ll hear from a range of speakers on how successful UK media has been at giving audiences an international perspective on the pandemic.

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March 23, 2021
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Briefing with Unreported World

Nevine Mabro, Deputy Editor of Channel 4 News will talk about her plans for the new series of Unreported World.

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February 23, 2021
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Briefing with Guardian Development

Tracy McVeigh, Editor at Guardian Development will talk us through changes in their editorial priorities, the sort of stories she’s looking for and how to pitch ideas.

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February 11, 2021
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The Media: Where Next? Report Launch Event

In our new report, we track the changes that have taken place in the media industry and identify how INGOs can take advantage of them to engage more effectively with a range of audiences. Join us for the findings of our latest report and to hear from our expert panel.

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January 22, 2021
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Briefing with Vice News

Sean Stephens, London bureau chief for Vice News, will talk us through the London operation, the sort of stories they are looking for and how best to pitch ideas to them.

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December 08, 2020
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Briefing with Times Radio

We’ll be hearing from Scarlett Maguire, who produces the breakfast show on Times Radio. She’ll talk us through the new radio station’s schedule, editorial priorities and how best to pitch ideas.

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November 17, 2020
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Briefing with TikTok

Hannah Bennett, who leads on Charity Partnerships at TikTok, will give us an overview of TikTok, and provide examples and advice on how charities can make the best use of the platform.

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October 27, 2020
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Briefing with BBC World Service Digital

Anna Doble, Digital Editor, will talk about the World Service’s innovative digital content and its growing podcast output.

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October 06, 2020
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Briefing with Sky News

Tim Singleton, Head of International News, will talk us through his priorities for Sky’s international coverage and how best to pitch ideas to him and his team.

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September 17, 2020
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Briefing with Facebook

Sarah Brown, Head of News Partnerships, will talk us through some of the latest changes at Facebook and give examples and advice on how charities can make the best use of the platform.

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July 14, 2020
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Briefing with The Independent

We are delighted to welcome Gemma Fox, Deputy International Editor to talk about The Independent, the sort of stories she is interested in and how best to pitch ideas to her.

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June 25, 2020
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Briefing with BBC News Planning

For this briefing, we will be hearing from Sola Tayo who works on the foreign planning desk. She will talk us through how the BBC News planning team works and how best to pitch ideas to the different planning editors. Sola is responsible for planning for BBC World Service Languages. 

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June 16, 2020
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Twitter Training for Trustees

In this special session for Trustees from IBT’s member organisations we will look at how a Trustee can join Twitter and use the platform to promote the work of their charity. We will also look at how Twitter can help a charity to achieve its strategic goals.

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May 14, 2020
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Briefing with ITV News

We’ll be hearing from Michael Herrod, Head of Foreign News and Tom Clarke, Science Correspondent. Michael will talk us through ITV’s international coverage and the sort of stories that work best

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April 28, 2020
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How to get the best out of Twitter

In this session we’ll be looking at how INGOs can make the best use of the platform. We’ll be hearing from Katy Minshall, Head of Policy and Philanthropy at Twitter and will also be sharing a case study from Simon Edmunds, Senior Digital Manager at Save the Children

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April 15, 2020
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Briefing with Devex

We’ll be hearing from Will Worley, UK Correspondent at Devex. We’ll be hearing about how Devex works, their coverage of COVID-19, and the best way to pitch stories to them.

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March 30, 2020
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Briefing with Thomson Reuters

We’ll be hearing from Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-chief at Thomson Reuters Foundation, she will explain how TRF works and the best way to pitch stories to them.

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February 25, 2020
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Briefing with LADbible

We’ll be hearing from Joe Elsworth, Account Director at LADbible. Joe will talk to us about their social strategy and how they are successfully engaging with young audiences.

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January 23, 2020
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Test Event 3

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