Conference 2023


The Society of Editors Media Freedom Conference 2023 – The Future of News will take place at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, London City on 15 March 2023.

Booking for the conference is now open with an early-bird rate available before 13th February at £135+VAT for members and £145+VAT for non-members. Anyone wishing to book or enquire about sponsorship opportunities should email Angela Upton at  

A working programme for the conference can be found here alongside a regularly updated list of confirmed speakers here

The future of royal reporting, politics and the media and the opportunities for AI and engaging audiences are just some of the topics that will be discussed at the Society of Editors Future of News conference in March. 

The high-profile one-day event, which brings together more than 200 leading editors and journalists from all sectors of the UK news media, will take place on 15 March 2023 at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, London City. 

Confirmed speakers for the event include Alison Phillips, Editor at the Mirror; Ben Taylor, Editor at The Sunday Times; Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall Editor at The Sunday Times; Sarah Whitehead, Deputy Head of Newsgathering, Sky News;  Rebecca Camber, Crime and Security Editor, Daily Mail; Maria Breslin, Editor of the Liverpool Echo;  Sophia Smith Galer, Senior News Reporter, VICE World News; Camilla Tominey, Associate Editor covering politics and the royals at The Daily Telegraph;  Tom Richell, Head of Multimedia at The Independent;  Conor Matchett, Deputy Political Editor at the Scotsman; Jo Adetunji, Editor at The Conversation UK; Roya Nikkhah, Royal Editor at The Sunday Times;  Russell Myers, Royal Editor at the Daily Mirror; Sophie Peachey, Producer and Journalist at the News Movement, Hannah Storm, Founder and co-director, Headlines Network and Catherine Mayer, Journalist and Author of the bestselling biography of King Charles III: ‘Charles: The Heart of a King’. Industry experts Nic Newman, Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for Journalism will be discussing the latest Reuters Digital Report into journalism trends and Professor Charlie Beckett, Founding Director, Polis and Head of the Polis/LSE Journalism and AI research project will also be discussing the use of AI by newsrooms. 

Further panellists and keynote speakers will be announced in due course alongside the broadcast recipient of a special fellowship award for his outstanding contribution to journalism.

Booking is open for the conference however places are limited so early booking is encouraged. An early-bird rate is available before 13th February at £135+VAT for members and £145+VAT for non-members. Anyone wishing to book or enquire about sponsorship opportunities should email Angela Upton at