Speakers 2018

Speakers and Chairs for 2018

‘The Trust Factor – And How to Fund it’ topped the agenda at the Society of Editors annual conference in Manchester in November.

Speakers included Paul Dacre, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Associated Newspapers, who delivered the prestigious Society of Editors Lecture on Sunday 4 November. Dacre, one of the media world’s most influential figures, announced his retirement earlier this year after nearly 26 years at the helm of the paper.

The Rt Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport  delivered a keynote address on Monday 5 November. Katharine Viner, Editor-in-Chief of Guardian News & Media also addressed delegates on Monday alongside Lloyd Embley, Group Editor-in-Chief of Reach plc. Other speakers includedAndy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Amol Rajan, Media Editor, BBC, Peter Clifton, Editor-in-Chief, Press Association, Ian Hopkins QPM, Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Steve Wood, Deputy Information Commissioner, Simon Robinson, Regional Editor EMEA for Reuters, Sarah Brown, Head of Journalism Training and News Literacy, EMEA for Facebook, Paul Clarkson, Managing Editor, The Sun, Harriet Wistrich, Human Rights Lawyer, John Battle, Head of Compliance at ITN, Madhav Chinnappa, Head of Strategic Relations, News, Google, Darren Thwaites, Editor-in-Chief of the Manchester Evening News, Sarah Whitehead, Deputy Head of Newsgathering at Sky, Karla Geci, Head of Marketing in Media Partnerships, EMEA for Facebook, Jodie GInsberg, Chief Executive of Index on Censorship, Polly Curtis, former Editor-in-Chief of HuffPost UK, Tristan Kirk, Courts Reporter, London Evening Standard, Patrick Strudwick, LGBT Editor, BuzzFeed UK, Jane Martinson, Professor of Financial Journalism at City University and Columnist for The Guardian, Martin Little, Director of Digital Content, Johnston Press, Bénédicte Paviot, UK correspondent for France 24 and President of the Foreign Press Association, Marc Reeves, West Midlands Editor-in-Chief, Reach plc, Alison Gow, Editor-in-Chief Digital for Reach plc Regionals, Safeeyah Kazi, former editorial apprentice at the London Evening Standard and Joy Yates, Editorial Director, Johnston Press North East.

The conference, the major annual gathering of editors and senior figures from all sectors of the media, made headlines with its keynote speakers and debates on the major issues facing 21st century journalism. This key arena for media debate was open to all and included a significant emphasis on trusted journalism.