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Society of Editors announces Virtual Conference 2020

Posted on: October 12, 2020 by Mariella Brown

The Society of Editors (SoE) today unveils plans for its Virtual Conference 2020 that will take place through the months of November and December.

The SoE has staged its successful conference each year in the autumn since it was founded 20 years ago. The event has become one of the most important in the UK media calendar hosting vital debates and exploring some of the most relevant issues that have been at the heart of the industry for two decades.

This year, with the restriction created by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Society has decided to stage its conference online and to spread debates and keynote discussions over a five week period starting in early November.

The highlights of the free events series will include:

Four keynote speaker discussions with major industry figures.

Three panels looking at Diversity in the News Media, Media Training and Mental Health in the Newsroom.

Five nations and regions debates: Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, North East England and The Midlands.

Society of Editors’ executive director Ian Murray said: “Obviously we are sad that we will not be able to bring together in person so many representatives of our industry for an event that has always proved so important. However, our Virtual Conference will enable us to engage with journalists and stakeholders across the whole of the UK to truly get to grips with some of the issues at the heart of the media industry.

“The nations and regions debates in particular will enable bespoke discussions on topics that are truly relevant to those areas.

“We have also chosen three topics for our national panels to explore which go to the heart of industry thinking. And I feel certain that our Keynote Speaker Discussions will be the must-watch events of the autumn.”

Dates and timings will be announced in the coming days along with information on panellists and speakers as well as how to register to follow the conversations. 

Keep watching for updates @EditorsUK.