Applications open for 25 free ‘Future of News’ conference places

Posted on: April 28, 2022 by Claire Meadows

As the Society’s first in-person conference since 2019 approaches, the SoE has announced an initiative to offer 25 free delegate places to help grow industry representation at the event.
The conference, taking place on 11 May 2022 at Mary Ward House in London, includes speakers such as Alison Phillips, Editor of the Daily Mirror, Naja Nielsen, Digital Director at the BBC, Jonathan Levy, Director of Newsgathering and Operations at Sky News, Simon Robinson, Reuters Global Managing Editor, Newsroom, BBC News presenter Ros Atkins and renowned Mail on Sunday foreign correspondent Ian Birrell. 

Announcing the free places, supported by the Google News Initiative, Dawn Alford, Executive Director of the Society of Editors said: “This year the Society was keen to reduce the price of attendance at its annual conference to ensure that the event is accessible to editors and leaders of the future across all corners of the industry. While we are proud to have been able to do that, we are aware that costs for the day and travel remain prohibitive to some.

“We are delighted that the Google News Initiative is helping us to grow industry representation at next month’s event and we encourage journalists and leaders of the future who would like to attend but are unable to because of the cost, to get in touch. In particular, we are keen to hear from journalists from diverse backgrounds and those serving under-represented communities.”
To apply, or nominate someone, for a Google-funded delegate place, which will also offer a generous contribution towards travel costs, please email Angela Upton at All applications will be considered against set criteria by the Society’s board of directors. A