The Future of News Media Conference
May 11, 2022
The Society of Editors’ high profile media conference returned to London on Wednesday 11 May 2022 with the theme of the ‘Future of News’.
Considered a major highlight of the media calendar, the event took place at Mary Ward House in London and brought together speakers and figures from across the industry with in-person discussions on the coverage of Ukraine, the vital role of journalists in covering climate change, the next steps for diversity and inclusion, avenues for engaging new audiences and making content pay.
Speakers included the Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, President of COP26 and Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Alison Phillips, Editor of the Daily Mirror; former BBC Editorial Director Kamal Ahmed; BBC Digital Director Naja Nielsen; Simon Robinson, Reuters Global Managing Editor, Newsroom; Jonathan Levy, Head of Newsgathering at Sky; Guardian journalist Joseph Harker; BBC News Presenter Ros Atkins; Marianna Spring, Specialist Disinformation and Social Media Reporter at the BBC; Warren Nettleford, co-founder of the RTS award-winning youth platform Need to Know; Tessa Chapman, Chief Correspondent at 5 News; Su-Mei Thompson, Chief Executive of the Media Trust; Becky Clay, Head of Invention at Reach plc; Martin Breen, President of the Society of Editors and Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life, Jasper Fulcher, the Telegraph’s Head of Daily Visual Production; Shelley Bishton, Head of Creative Diversity for News UK, Ian MacGregor, Emeritus Editor, The Telegraph, Nick Fagge, Journalist, Daily Mail, Luke Jacobs, Reach plc’s Regional Editor for the South East and New Audiences Editor, Jessica Hayes, Deputy Director of Global Supporter Strategy, The Guardian and John Battle, Head of Legal and Compliance at ITN.
The Society’s campaigning work on behalf of press freedom is made possible thanks to the support of Cision, Camelot and Google.
Coverage of the event can be found here and a photo gallery can be found below. Credit: James Linsell-Clark, SWNS