The next couple of months promise to be a celebration of the importance of journalism and its power to positively benefit society and advertisers. As well as Newsworks’ ‘Festival of News’ taking place on Thursday 9 June, the Society of Editors’ ‘Future of News’ conference in May will discuss the coverage of Ukraine, how to adapt content for social platforms and more
Media coverage of the war in Ukraine and how traditional news media can engage younger audiences through social platforms are two of the key topics to be discussed at next month’s Society of Editors ‘Future of News’ conference.
Considered a major highlight of the industry calendar, the Society’s first in-person conference since 2019 will take place on Wednesday 11 May 2022 at Mary Ward House in London.
Alongside the challenges of covering the war in Ukraine and how UK news outlets are working around the clock to navigate disinformation, use new technologies and keep staff safe both on the frontline and at home, the conference will also look closely at how news outlets can tailor their content to attract new audiences on TikTok, the next steps for more representative newsrooms and the future models for making news pay.
The stellar line-up for the event include Alison Phillips, editor at the Daily Mirror, BBC digital director Naja Nielsen, Jonathan Levy, director of news-gathering and operations at Sky News, Simon Robinson, Reuters global managing editor, renowned The Mail on Sunday foreign correspondent Ian Birrell, BBC News presenter Ros Atkins, LBC presenter Nick Ferrari, Kamal Ahmed, editor-in-chief of The News Movement, Marianna Spring, specialist disinformation and social media reporter at the BBC, Jasper Fulcher, the Telegraph’s head of daily visual production and Shelley Bishton, head of creative diversity for News UK
Also at the conference will be Su-Mei Thompson, the chief executive of the Media Trust, Becky Clay, head of invention at Reach plc, Charles Minty, head of digital subscriptions and membership at The Guardian, Edward McCann, deputy publisher, Mediahuis Ireland, Warren Nettleford, co-founder of Need to Know, Nabihah Parkar, video producer at Vice World News, Joseph Harker, senior editor, diversity & development at Guardian News & Media, John Battle, head of legal and compliance at ITN and Luke Jacobs, regional editor at Reach plc. Keynote speakers for the conference are to be announced.
Dawn Alford, executive director of the Society of Editors said: “Next month’s Future of News conference has an exceptional line-up of industry experts and it will provide an essential forum for journalists across the UK to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the UK news media.”
Spaces at the conference are limited so those wishing to attend are encouraged to book now. A day-delegate is priced at £150+VAT for members and £160+VAT for non-members. To book please contact Angela Upton [email protected]. Please note – this year the Society will not be providing accommodation however details of nearby hotels can be found here.
The Society’s campaigning work on behalf of press freedom is made possible thanks to the support of Camelot, Cision and Google.
A list of speakers and a programme for the conference can be found here.