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Jackie Ashley joins reporting terror line-up

03 October 2017


Leading journalist and broadcaster Jackie Ashley is to chair the important debate around reporting terror at the Society of Editors ‘Fighting for real news’ conference next month.

Ashley, a former Producer and Newsreader on Newsnight, is President of Lucy Cavendish College in Cambridge and will chair the session at the prestigious University of Cambridge’s Clare College on the main day of conference sessions on Monday 13 November. 

A former political correspondent with ITN and political editor at the New Statesman, she has presented several political programmes on BBC2 and ITV and has been President of Lucy Cavendish since September 2015.

Also confirmed for the panel is BBC News and Current Affairs News Editor James Stephenson.

Stephenson, a former Head of News for BBC World News, was also Deputy Head of the BBC Newsroom and had previously edited the BBC News bulletins at Six and Ten on BBC One. He is a former Middle East Bureau Chief who was responsible for a team of correspondents in seven offices across the region.

Stephenson joins confirmed speakers Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Sarah Whitehead, Head of Home News at Sky, Rob Irvine, Editor of the Manchester Evening News and Simon Jenkins, former editor of the London Evening Standard.

The Society of Editors Lecture will be delivered at the newly-built Tamburlaine Hotel on the evening of Sunday 12 November by Google’s Managing Director in the UK and Ireland, Ronan Harris.

Other confirmed speakers for the conference include Chris Evans, Editor and Director of Content at the Telegraph Media Group, Amol Rajan, Media Editor at the BBC, Orit Kopel, Co-founder and VP of Business Development, Wikitribune, Aine Kerr, Manager, Journalism Partnerships at Facebook and Will Moy, Director of fact-checking organisation Full Fact. A full list of speakers is available at


The event is sponsored by Camelot, which has sponsored the Society of Editors since 2001, United Utilities, Google, BBC News, JTI,  Foot Anstey, PCS, NLA Media Access, Waitrose, Cambridge News, Visit Cambridge and Beyond and HoldTheFrontPage.

The conference will take place in Cambridge on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 November 2017. Booking is available by emailing   

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