Programme

The Society of Editors is pleased to present its Virtual Conference 2020 programme including five In Discussion with… keynote talks as well as eight panel debates held virtually over the course of November and early December. With thanks to sponsors Facebook Journalism Project and Camelot, supporter of the Society since 2001.

Announcing our final speakers

To be screened live via the Society of Editors’ website.

Register here to receive a reminder link for the sessions. 

Tuesday 1 December, 12noon: Rt Hon John Whittingdale OBE MP, Minister of State for Media and Data 

Hear the Society of Editors’ executive director Ian Murray in conversation with Minister for Media and Data John Whittingdale as they explore the latest moves to protect journalists from abuse and assault, initiatives to create more diversity in the newsroom, the ongoing review into the future of radio in the UK, the latest on the government’s intention on Online Harms and the recently announced response to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on the economic impact of the digital giants on the media industry.

Thursday 3 December, 12noon: Christian Broughton, Managing Director, The Independent

Join the Society’s executive director Ian Murray in the closing Keynote Discussion of the Virtual Conference 2020 with the newly appointed managing director of the Independent, Christian Broughton. After leading the ‘Indy’ to online-only success after the decision to close the printed edition some four years ago, Broughton will be able to give invaluable insight into the current state of the online market, how he intends to take the paper to even further heights in his new role, and his take on how both the government and media have coped during the current crisis. 


Upcoming panel debates

Tuesday 1 December, 6pm
Northern Ireland: A place apart? Register here
Chair: Martin Breen, Editor, Sunday Life  

Noel Doran, Editor of the Irish News
Sam McBride, Political Editor of News Letter
Fergal McGoldrick, specialist media litigation solicitor at Carson McDowell
Allison Morris, security correspondent and columnist at Irish News
Mike Nesbitt, Ulster Unionist MLA 


Wednesday 2 December, 6pm
State of Training, in conjunction with the NCTJ Register here
Chair: Alison Gow, Audience and Content Editor for Reach plc North West

Sian Cox-Brooker, Strategic Partner Manager Facebook
Sam Cooper, Journalism Course Leader, Sheffield College
Bridgid Nzekwu, Director of Media Training, PA Media
Will Gore, Head of Partnerships and Projects, NCTJ


Catch up with past events

In Discussion With…

Thursday 12 November: Kamal Ahmed, Editorial Director of BBC News speaking on The Future of BBC News in a Changing Media Landscape. Catch up here.

Thursday 19 November, Rt Hon Lord Burnett of Maldon, Lord Chief Justice speaking on The Law and the Media: Maintaining Justice. Catch up here.

Thursday 26 November, Rachel Corp, Editor of ITV News. Catch up here.


Panel debates

Tuesday 10 November, 6pm
Mental Health in the Newsroom – Rewatch here
Chair: Alison Gow, Audience and Content Editor North West, Reach plc

Jon Birchall, Sport Audience and Content Director, Reach plc
John Crowley, freelance editor and consultant
Shirish Kulkarni, Community Organiser, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Hannah Storm, CEO, Ethical Journalism Network


Wednesday 11 November, 6pm
Lockdown lessons from Leicester and beyond Rewatch here
Chair: Marc Reeves, Marketplace publisher, Midlands & Wales, Reach plc

Liz Hannam, Head of News, ITV Central
Jane Haynes, BirminghamLive & Birmingham Mail People & Politics editor
Dan Martin, Politics reporter, LeicestershireLive & Leicester Mercury
Ruth Smeeth, chief executive, Index on Censorship


Monday 16 November, 6pm
The size of Wales – Rewatch here
Chair: Ceri Gould, Editorial Revenue Director, Reach plc

Ashok Ahir, Deputy Director, Cabinet Office Communications
Helen Mary Jones MS, Chair, Media Committee, Welsh Parliament
Carolyn Hitt, Freelance Journalist and Co-Founder, Parasol Media
Paul Rowland
, Audience and Content Director, Media Wales


Wednesday 18 November, 6pm
Diversity in the News MediaRewatch here
Chair: Polly Curtis, Managing Director, PA Media

Leon Mann, Broadcaster and Founder, Black Collective of Media in Sport
Shingi Mararike, News Reporter, The Sunday Times 
Eleanor Mills, Founder and CEO, InHerSpace.co.uk and Chair, Women in Journalism
Vic Motune, Head of News, The Voice


Monday 23 November, 6pm
Tackling the increase in online abuse against our journalists – Rewatch here
Chair: Joy Yates, interim Editorial Director for JPIMedia Scotland, and formerly of the Sunderland Echo

Louise Bradford, Managing Director of Creo Comms
Helen Dalby, Audience & Content Director, Reach North East, Yorkshire and Humber
Lee Hall, Head of School of Media and Communications, University of Sunderland
Karl Holbrook, Group Editor for Newsquest North East and editor of the Northern Echo


Tuesday 24 November, 6pm
Scotland debate
Information in lockdown: The importance of a free press and the difficulties of reporting in a pandemic – Rewatch here
Chair: Donald Martin, Editor-in-Chief, Newsquest Scotland 

David Clegg, Editor, The Courier
Lorraine Herbison, Head of News and Sport, Bauer Media Scotland
John McLellan, Director, Scottish Newspaper Society
Joy Yates, Interim Editorial Director, JPI Media Scotland