More speakers announced for Future of News conference

Posted on: April 12, 2022 by Claire Meadows

More speakers have been announced for next month’s Society of Editors ‘Future of News’ conference.

Considered a major highlight of the industry calendar, the in-person conference will take place on Wednesday 11 May 2022 at Mary Ward House in London.

Joining the programme to discuss engaging new audiences is the BBC’s Digital Director Naja Nielsen as well as Jasper Fulcher, the Telegraph’s Head of Daily Visual Production. Shelley Bishton, Head of Creative Diversity for News UK and Luke Jacobs, Reach plc’s Regional Editor for the South East and New Audiences Editor have also joined the programme to discuss diversity and inclusion. In addition, Ian Birrell, Contributing Editor for foreign reporting and investigations at The Mail on Sunday will join a panel focusing on Ukraine and the challenges of covering the war as well as navigating disinformation. Becky Clay, Head of Invention at Reach plc will also join a discussion looking at the future of paid-for content, platform payments and paywalls.

The newest additions to the programme join Daily Mirror Editor Alison Phillips, former BBC Editorial Director Kamal Ahmed, Guardian journalist Joseph Harker and Warren Nettleford, co-founder of the RTS award-winning youth platform Need to Know who were announced last week. 

Martin Breen, President of the Society of Editors and Deputy Editor-in-Chief at the Belfast Telegraph and Sunday Life said: “We are delighted that so many distinguished journalists from all sectors of the UK media have agreed to join us at our first in-person conference since 2019. The conference is a vital forum for the industry to debate and discuss the opportunities for the UK media and I have no doubt that next month’s event will provide a forum for insightful discussions that will translate into practical ideas to take back to newsrooms.”

The Society’s campaigning work on behalf of press freedom is made possible thanks to the support of Camelot, Meta and Google.

A working programme for the conference can be found here

Conference booking details

Day-delegate rates for the conference are priced at £150+VAT for members and £160+VAT for non-members. To book please contact Angela Upton Please note – this year the Society will not be providing accommodation but details of nearby hotels can be found here