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Simon Jenkins joins conference line-up

18 August 2017


Simon Jenkins, the former editor of the London Evening Standard and The Times, has joined the Society of Editors ‘Fighting for real news’ conference line-up.

Jenkins, a journalist and author and columnist for The Guardian, will join high profile speakers including Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, the national lead for counter terrorism policing, to debate the reporting of terrorist atrocities and whether extensive media coverage does the terrorists’ job for them.

Jenkins edited the Evening Standard from 1976 to 1978 and The Times from 1990 to 1992 and was chairman of the National Trust from 2008-14. A former political editor of the Economist, he has also worked on Country Life and the Sunday Times.

He will join the reporting terror session on Monday 13 November at the University of Cambridge’s prestigious Clare College. Other confirmed speakers for the panel include Rob Irvine, Editor of the Manchester Evening News and Sarah Whitehead, Head of Home News at Sky.

The conference, a major gathering of media figures in the industry calendar will also hear from Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, Ronan Harris, Head of Google in the UK alongside representatives from the BBC and Facebook.

Due to unforeseen business commitments Martin Clarke, CEO and Publisher of the MailOnline has had to withdraw from delivering the Society of Editors’ Lecture as previously reported. Details of the Lecture, to be delivered on the evening of Sunday 12 November, will be forthcoming.  

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.  

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