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  

*Working Programme

9.30 am       Coffee and Registration

10.00 am     Welcome from Dawn Alford, Executive Director, Society of Editors 

10.10 am     The Future of News 

Presentation by Nic Newman, Senior Research Fellow, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism followed by a panel discussion focused on engaging new audiences; understanding the user experience in a platform fluid world, data and demographics – how to understand your audience; how to secure the subscriber; how to engage new diverse audiences and media literacy

Panellists include:
Jo Adetunji, Editor, The Conversation UK
Professor Charlie Beckett, Founding Director, Polis and Head of the Polis, LSE Journalism and AI research project
Tom Richell, Head of Multimedia, The Independent
Sophia Smith Galer, Senior News Reporter, VICE World News 


*Additional speakers to be announced

11.00 am    The Future of Royal Reporting – panel discussion

Moderated by Camilla Tominey, Associate Editor, The Daily Telegraph

Panellists include:
Roya Nikkhah, Royal Editor, The Sunday Times
Catherine Mayer, Author of the best-selling biography of King Charles III, ‘Charles: The Heart of a King’
Russell Myers, Royal Editor, Daily Mirror
Sophie Peachey, Producer and Journalist, The News Movement

11.45am        Coffee

12.15pm        Politics, policing, power and policy – how the news media can better hold power to account – panel discussion

A discussion looking at the challenges facing journalists and openness and transparency in government and public institutions

Panellists include:
Rebecca Camber, Crime and Security Editor, Daily Mail
Conor Matchett, Deputy Political Editor, The Scotsman
Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall Editor, The Sunday Times

*Additional speakers to be announced

1.15 pm         Lunch  

2.15pm          Trust and transparency: how can we do better to fight avoidance and build relationships – panel discussion

A discussion of what we are we most proud of and what behaviours and actions we should spike. What has the media achieved and what does it need to do to build on trust and transparency both inside and outside the newsroom? Discussion points will include how to build diverse and inclusive newsrooms, increasing audience trust through investment in relationships, prioritising mental health and transparency in news-gathering.

Panellists include: 

Rizwana Hamid, Director, Centre for Media Monitoring
Hannah Storm, Founder and co-director, Headlines Network
Sarah Whitehead, Deputy Head of Newsgathering, Sky News 

3.15 pm         Coffee

3.45 pm         The Editors’ Panel

A discussion with leading editors on the future of news and combating threats to journalism

Panellists include:
Maria Breslin, Editor, Liverpool Echo
Alison Phillips, Editor, Daily Mirror
Ben Taylor, Editor, The Sunday Times 

*Additional speakers to be announced

4.45 pm  Keynote address

5.30 pm   Presentation of special fellowship award for outstanding contribution to journalism (recipient to be announced) followed by close of conference by Kamal Ahmed, President of the Society of Editors

6.00pm: Drinks 

*Programme timings and topics are subject to change