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Telegraph Editor to address Society of Editors conference

14 July 2017


Chris Evans, Editor and Director of Content for the Telegraph, will open the main day of conference sessions at the upcoming Society of Editors 'Fighting for real news' conference.

Evans, editor of the paper since 2014, will kick off the important media event on the morning of 13 November with an address focused on fake news and the importance of original reporting, analysis and comment on both print and digital platforms.  

A former news editor at the Daily Mail, Evans joined the Telegraph as news editor in January 2007 and was appointed Editor of the Daily Telegraph and Director of Content in 2014.

Educated at Oxford University, Evans’ career includes working at the South West News Service.

Ian Murray, Deputy Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: “We are delighted that Chris has agreed to deliver a keynote address and kick start the important discussion around fake news that will focus our agenda at the conference.”

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 event will also see an agenda focused on police and media engagement. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick will deliver a keynote address on Monday 13 November. In the wake of recent terrorist attacks in the UK, the conference will look closely at reporting terror and ask the question as to whether extensive media coverage of such atrocities perpetuates terrorist propaganda.

The ‘Reporting Terror’ session will hear from
 a representative from UK Counter Terrorism Policing; Sarah Whitehead, Head of Home News and Deputy Head of Newsgathering at Sky News and Rob Irvine, Editor of the Manchester Evening News. 

Other conference sessions will focus on
the recent surge in restrictions placed upon freedom of expression in the UK, Europe and more widely. The panel on freedom of expression will hear from Jodie Ginsberg, Chief Executive of Index on Censorship.

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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