Liz Havern is a radio and TV professional with more than 30 years of broadcast and agency experience. She is a specialist in promoting journalistic and communications best practice and an accredited trainer and mediator with extensive client-facing skills. She has worked as a journalist, editorial leader, trainer and senior manager nationally and internationally for Thomson Reuters, the BBC and the independent and third sectors.
As Senior Output Editor for Reuters Television, Liz was responsible for managing global television news coverage to the highest standards and for placing stories and information to make the greatest impact. She pioneered creative personal storytelling content as a global initiative to increase diverse international broadcasters’ use of TV footage and information. She devised and delivered training programmes to reinforce ethical best practice in journalism and to improve the key communication skills needed to succeed in a constantly evolving 21st century media environment. Throughout her career, Liz has worked as a reporter, producer, newsreader, presenter and in a variety of editorial and managerial roles with a strong focus on quality, accountability and value. She has driven news agendas and coverage and led high-performing news teams. As Business Development Manager and trainer for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, she brokered partnerships and managed relationships with media organisations, international broadcasters, government departments and charities.
Liz is author of Reuters Television Operational Guidelines, and co-author of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s handbook “Making Video News”. She frequently participates on Royal Television Society Awards judging panels and is an accredited workplace mediator and an Associate of the Mediators Institute of Ireland.