Conference 2014

Society of Editors Conference 2014 – Full Steam Ahead!
9-11 November 2014, Southampton

View the sessions from the Society of Editors 2014 conference. Hover to the right of the video player (left) to bring up the list of clips.

The Society of Editors annual conference – the biggest cross media gathering of editors and senior executives took place in Southampton from November 9 to 11, 2014.

It was your chance to keep up to date on the big issues –  new press regulation in action, debate the attempts to restrict freedom of the internet and what is the future for broadcasters? Keep up to speed on the battles for your right to tell the public what they are entitled to know and prepare for a new fight about your right to report football and other sports. And it will be your chance to put pressure on the politicians in advance of the General Election and question them on policies for the media.

Based at the city’s Grand Harbour Hotel near to the waterfront that is the home of cruise liners including the iconic Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, the venue is also close to pubs and restaurants and a major shopping development. The ferries to the Isle of Wight leave from across the road from our chosen hotel venue and the glories of the New Forest are just a 20 minute drive away.

Southampton has a diverse population of more than 228,000 people. More than 4.4 million people live within one hour’s drive. It has a travel to work population of 650,000 and 3.5 million people visit for leisure and retail activities each year. It is also a major container port. 

It is an international city with more than 2.6 million passengers passing through by sea or by air each year and it is home to the Southampton Boat Show, the largest water-based boat show in Europe, attracting more than 120,000 visitors.

Southampton has innovation and learning at its heart, indeed it was here that the World Wide Web was created by Sir Tim Berners-Lee.  Students at Southampton’s two universities increase the population of the city by 41,500. The Warsash Maritime Academy, part of Southampton Solent University, is one of the world’s leading providers of training, research and consultancy to maritime and off-shore oil industries and Southampton University is one of the UKs top ten research universities, internationally recognised for pioneering work in engineering, sciences, law, medicine and physical sciences. The National Oceanography Centre is one of the world’s leading centres for research and education in marine and earth sciences.

It has a dynamic business community, being the UK’s leading vehicle handling and premier cruise port and contributing more than £2 billion to the UK economy each year and it is a regional centre for leisure, retail, theatre, arts, media sports and events.