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MailOnline publisher to deliver Society of Editors Lecture

08 August 2017


The publisher and CEO of the world’s most popular English-language newspaper website will deliver this year’s Society of Editors’ Lecture.

Martin Clarke, who launched MailOnline in its current form in 2008, will deliver the prestigious address at the Society’s ‘Fighting for Real News’ conference on 12 November in Cambridge.

The MailOnline is the world's most popular English-language newspaper website with over 229 million monthly unique visitors globally. The site’s UK daily reach is 5.6 million browsers.

Clarke, who joined the Daily Mail in 1987, had previously edited The Irish Mail on Sunday and held the position of Executive Editor at The Mail on Sunday. Having started on the Daily Mail, he worked on the news, picture and feature desks before becoming News Editor of the Daily Mirror. He was appointed Editor of the newly launched Scottish Daily Mail in 1995, helping it become Scotland's biggest middle-market daily paper. He subsequently moved to The Scotsman as Editor and then the Daily Record and Sunday Mail as Editor-in-Chief.

Clarke rejoined DMGT in 2001 as Editor of the newly acquired Ireland on Sunday (now The Irish Mail on Sunday). In 2005 he was appointed Executive Editor of The Mail on Sunday, where he launched Live magazine. He was launch Editor of both the Standard Lite and London Lite.

Ian Murray, Deputy Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: “We are absolutely delighted that Martin Clarke, an experienced and highly respected figure, will be delivering this prestigious address to our delegates this year. The Society looks forward to hearing his views on the issues that matter to the industry.”

The ‘Fighting for Real News’ conference, the major annual gathering of editors and senior figures from all sectors of the media, will take place in Cambridge on Sunday 12 November and Monday 13 November. The agenda will focus on fake news and the importance of original reporting, analysis and comment on both print and digital platforms, police and media relationships, counter-terrorism and media coverage of terrorist attacks. The programme will also look closely at freedom of expression in the UK, Europe and more widely and the issue of media self-censorship.

High profile speakers already confirmed include the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Chris Evans, Editor-in-Chief and Head of Content at the Telegraph Media Group, Ronan Harris, Managing Director of Google UK and Ireland, Aine Kerr, Head of Journalism Partnerships at Facebook, Alan Edmunds, Editorial Director, Trinity Mirror Regionals, Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive, Index on Censorship, Rob Irvine, Editor in Chief, Manchester Evening News, Ian MacGregor, Editor Emeritus, Telegraph Media Group, Will Moy, Director, Full Fact and Sarah Whitehead, Head of Home News and Deputy Head of Newsgathering at Sky News.

The event is sponsored by United Utilities, Google, Foot Anstey, PCS and Camelot, which has supported the Society of Editors since 2001. 


Booking for the conference is now open with a full conference early bird cost of £550 plus VAT for Society members. Full details of how to book is available at  

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