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Cameron to address Newspaper Conference lunch

The Newspaper Conference has secured Tory leader David Cameron as the keynote speaker for its annual lunch to be held in November.

The Conservative leader will address an audience of around 100 regional press publishers, journalists and media opinion formers at the event, which will take place in London.

The Conference is made up of the group of lobby journalists, around 20 strong, who represent regional newspapers at Westminster.

The annual lunch is the main event in its calendar and past speakers over recent years have included Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Jack Straw and the late Mo Mowlam.

A single picture desk is now operating at Newsquest’s three titles in Glasgow.

Photographic staff from the two Herald titles and Evening Times are being pooled to produce photos, audio and video for the websites.

The picture desk is being run by group multimedia editor John Young and has team of around 30 photographers who were trained at Glasgow Caledonian University as part of the move.

They will also be responsible for dealing with user-generated content placed on the company’s community websites.

The move comes as the company plans a £1m internet revamp, with a shared website for The Herald and Sunday Herald, and the recent introduction of a multimedia desk for all three titles aimed at increasing online content.

The individual newspapers are expected to retain their own individual print identities and stories.

Preparations are well under way for the next Birmingham Press Club Ball which takes place on Friday, 26 September at the city’s Macdonald Burlington Hotel.

The event is being sponsored by East Midlands Airport and will be hosted by radio DJ Ed James who presents the Breakfast Show on Heart FM.

Press Club chairman John Lamb said: “The Ball promises to be a real fun occasion. It’s great to have EMA on board again as the event’s main supporter.”

For ticket information and bookings please contact Press Club director Melissa Dickinson on 07824 329569 or vice-chairman Fred Bromwich on 07976 168875 or

Privacy, copyright and protection of rights will be the focus of the sixth annual Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property Law conference.

Guest speakers will be discussing privacy before and after the Max Mosley case, a guide to licensing on digital platforms and uses and abuses of celebrity.

It takes place on October 30, at The Westbury Hotel in London – for more details visit

An exhibition of images from the Press Association’s archives, some dating back to the late 1800s, is on show from today.

Among the forty rarely seen images are shots of Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill and some of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team.

It runs until September 26 at St Pancras Station, London. The exhibition is to commemorate the 140th anniversary of PA and St Pancras.