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Graf and Fowler to join SoE debate at annual conference

Former Trinity Mirror chief executive Philip Graf, ex-Western Mail editor Neil Fowler and Steve Lowe, group editor of LSN Media, are among those lined up to speak at this year’s Society of Editors annual conference.

The event is due to be held in Manchester in November, and senior figures from across the media will debate industry matters under the theme A Matter of Trust.

Philip Graf will join the debate in his current role as deputy chairman of Ofcom, while Neil Fowler is now editor of campaigning magazine Which?

They will be joined by Will Lewis from the Daily Telegraph, Peter Wright from the Mail on Sunday, BBC Deputy Director General Mark Byford, Dorothy Byrne of Channel 4, Anne Spackman of TimesOnline, Georgina Henry of The Guardian and David Schlesinger of Reuters, as well as a host of other names yet to be announced.

Paul Horrocks, president of the SoE and editor of the Manchester Evening News, said: “As new platforms for distributing news are developed, we have looked at the technology and marketing of the modern converged media. This year the conference will concentrate on how the new-look industry will mature.

“Credibility and trust are essential for any media organisation to prosper. How will traditional print or broadcasting organisations maintain that trust? How will new websites, digital channels, blogs or podcasts earn it?

“How do relationships with government, other organisations and, most important, readers, listeners and viewers need to change? We will look at the political, legal and training implications behind A Matter of Trust.”

The conference will open on Sunday, November 4.

Monday will see a number of working sessions and keynote speeches, followed by the annual gala dinner at the Lowry Centre in Salford.

The conference will close with the now traditional breakfast seminar on the morning of Tuesday, November 6.

Delegates can book online, by e-mail conference@societyofeditors.org or telephone 01223 304080.