Book now for free debate on tackling the increase in online abuse against journalists

Posted on: November 23, 2020 by Mariella Brown

The issue of online abuse journalists will form the basis of a free panel discussion at this week’s Society of Editors Virtual Conference for 2020.

Taking place today (Monday 23 November) at 6pm, the discussion titled ‘Tackling the increase in online abuse against our journalists’ will hear from leading journalism figures in the North East about  what more can – and should – be done to address this issue. 

Chaired by Joy Yates, interim Editorial Director for JPIMedia Scotland, and formerly of the Sunderland Echo, the panel will also hear from Louise Bradford, Managing Director of Creo Comms, Helen Dalby, Audience & Content Director at Reach North East, Yorkshire and Humber, Lee Hall, Head of the School of Media and Communications at the University of Sunderland and Karl Holbrook, Group Editor for Newsquest North East and editor of the Northern Echo.

Looking to the debate, Ian Murray, Executive Director of the Society of Editors said that with 84% of journalists recently reporting that more needs to be done to combat abuse and with the UK National Committee for the Safety of Journalists leading calls to introduce new laws to provide more protections, the discussion was both timely and much-needed.

He said: “”Everyone deserves the right to go about their work and their lives without facing a torrent of abuse, yet it has become normalised for this to be set aside for so many journalists going about their profession. 

“This panel will explore what forms the abuse takes and hopefully highlight ways in which journalists and those who support the valuable work they do can help combat this growing threat.”

While the panel’s speakers are regionally-focused, the SoE welcomes contributions from journalists nationwide. Registration for the free debate is open here.

Details of all of the Society’s upcoming free discussions and debates can be found at