Leading editors and industry experts join conference line-up

Posted on: January 19, 2023 by Claire Meadows

Leading editors and industry experts have joined the line-up for the Society of Editors’ Future of News conference in March.

Alison Phillips, Editor of the Daily Mirror, Gabriel Pogrund, Whitehall Editor at The Sunday Times and Maria Breslin, Editor of the Liverpool Echo have been added to the line-up for the high-profile event as well as Nic Newman, Senior Research Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Professor Charlie Beckett, Founding Director at Polis and Head of the Polis/LSE Journalism and AI research project.

Both Phillips and Breslin will join an influential Editors’ Panel focusing on the future of news and combating threats to journalism while Gabriel Pogrund will join a panel looking at politics, policing, power and policy and how the news media holds power to account.

Nic Newman, author of the Reuters Digital News Report, will discuss the latest findings from the annual report into journalism trends before moderating the panel discussion on the title theme of the conference. As part of that discussion, Professor Charlie Beckett will speak about the opportunities and challenges posed by artificial intelligence for journalists and newsrooms. He will also discuss the JournalismAI project currently being run by Polis.

The one-day event, which brings together more than 200 leading editors and journalists from all sectors of the UK news media, will take place on 15 March 2023 at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, London City. 

Other speakers already announced include Camilla Tominey, Associate Editor covering politics and the royals at The Daily Telegraph, Roya Nikkhah, Royal Editor at The Sunday Times, Russell Myers, Royal Editor at the Daily Mirror and Catherine Mayer, Journalist and Author of the bestselling biography of King Charles III: ‘Charles: The Heart of a King.’ All will join a panel discussion looking at the future of royal reporting.

The conference will also include themes on data and demographics; attracting new audiences; adapting content across platforms; local democracy, diversity and inclusion and mental health in the newsroom.

Further panellists and keynote speakers will be announced in due course alongside the recipient of a special fellowship award for outstanding contribution to journalism.

Booking for the conference is now open with an early-bird rate available before 13th February at £135+VAT for members and £145+VAT for non-members. Anyone wishing to book or enquire about sponsorship opportunities should email Angela Upton at