In 2019, the Society of Editors celebrated 20 years of campaigning in the name of a free press, freedom of speech and the public's right to know. Click through to view some of our past year's highlights, including the National Press Awards, the Regional Press Awards, the Society's work promoting court reporting and the Society's annual conference. 

We spoke with four influential figures from the news media industry who express the importance of press freedom in a free and democratic society and the increasingly important need there is to defend these qualities in an era of fake news and disinformation.

Eleanor Mills Testimonial

Eleanor Mills, former Editorial Director of the Sunday Times, Editor of the Sunday Times Magazine and current Chair of Women in Journalism spoke with the Society about the future of journalism as an industry and the significant roles she plays both within the Society of Editors and, more broadly, across other organisations in helping to ensure its prosperity.

Alison Phillips and Gary Jones Testimonial

Alison Phillips (Daily Mirror) and Gary Jones (Daily Express) spoke with the Society of Editors to discuss the crucial role of the Society in defending media freedom.

John Whittingdale MP Testimonial

DCMS Minister and former Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale MP, joined us to speak about the role of the Society and the importance of media freedom in the UK.

Highlights from our National and Regional Press Awards

Highlights - The Press Awards for 2018

Highlights of the National Press Awards for 2018, brought to you by the Society of Editors.

Highlights: Regional Press Awards for 2018

Highlights of the Regional Press Awards for 2018, brought to you by the Society of Editors.

Society of Editors works with HM Courts and Tribunals Service to promote court reporting

John Battle, Head of Compliance, ITN

John Battle discusses how court reporting has evolved and where there is room for progress (Video: HM Courts and Tribunals Service)

Tristan Kirk, Courts Reporter, Evening Standard

Tristan Kirk discusses the importance of open justice (Video: HM Courts and Tribunals Service)

Toby Granville, Editorial Director, Newsquest

Toby Granville discusses why events run by HMCTS and the Society of Editors are an important forum for discussion on issues around court reporting (Video: HM Courts and Tribunals Service)

Our celebratory 20th anniversary video summarises our past work and future projects.

20th Anniversary Video

Celebrating 20 years of Defending Media Freedom