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FT editor joins conference line-up

11 October 2017


The editor of the Financial Times has joined the line-up at the Society of Editors ‘Fighting for real news’ conference next month.

Lionel Barber, the editor of the FT since 2005, will deliver a keynote address at the prestigious University of Cambridge’s Clare College on the main day of conference sessions on Monday 13 November. 

Barber began his career in journalism in 1978 as a reporter for The Scotsman. He then moved to The Sunday Times as a business correspondent and joined the FT in 1985 as a business reporter. During his FT career, he has also served as Washington correspondent, Brussels bureau chief, news editor, European editor and US managing editor.

Since his appointment in 2005, Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During Barber’s tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards. Barber has also received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur for his contribution to journalism. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Tate and the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Barber joins a fantastic line-up of speakers that includes Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, Chris Evans, Editor of The Telegraph, Amol Rajan, BBC Media Editor, Jackie Ashley, Journalist and Broadcaster, Sarah Whitehead, Head of Home News at Sky News, Simon Jenkins, Former Editor of the London Evening Standard, Orit Kopel, Co-founder of Wikitribune, Will Moy, Direct of fact-checking organisation Full Fact and Rob Irvine, Editor of the Manchester Evening News. 

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.

The conference 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, Press Assocation, Visit Cambridge and Beyond and HoldTheFrontPage. 

The conference will take place in Cambridge on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 November 2017. Booking is now open at   

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