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Society of Editors unveils more star names

The full line-up of speakers is today being unveiled for next month’s Society of Editors conference in Bristol with Trinity Mirror boss Sly Bailey and BBC business editor Robert Peston among the star names.

Guardian Media chief executive Carolyn McCall and Sunday AM presenter Andrew Marr have also been added to the speakers list for the annual industry gathering.

They will join Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre who will deliver the 2008 Society of Editors Lecture that will open the conference on November 9.

The following day’s keynote speech will be delivered by Sir Jock Stirrup, chief of the defence staff, while Marr will speak at the annual gala dinner that evening where he will also present the new ‘Rat up a Drainpipe’ award for journalism that has rocked the boat in memory of former Independent, Express and Observer political editor Tony Bevins.

Conference sessions will be led by a host of other leading industry figures including Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, Sun online editor Pete Picton, and Martin Clarke of Daily Mail online.

Regional editors who will be leading sessions include John Meehan of the Hull Daily Mail and Malcolm Pheby of the Nottingham Evening Post

Information Commissioner Richard Thomas and PCC chairman Sir Christopher Meyer, who both step down in the spring, will each deliver swan song addresses.

There will also be a discussion led by Clarence Mitchell on the McCann saga and incoming president Nigel Pickover of the Evening Star, Ipswich, will close the conference

Simon Bucks associate editor of Sky News, and the SoE’s first president drawn from the broadcasting world, said: “This is a powerful line up that cannot be matched by any other media event. It includes rare speaking appearances by top names in the media.

“The conference will focus on the most pressing topic facing every editor: how to manage the twin demands of the digital revolution while maintaining growth in ‘old media’ operations.”

Topics being covered in the sessions will include newsroom integration, video and user-generated content, training multi-platform journalists and how to provide content and platforms that can help to maximise revenues.

They will also cover the continuing development of converged media which has seen newspapers adding audio and video to their websites as and when news happens.


Dorothy-Grace Elder (05/10/2008 18:10:13)
I cannot find the name of any editor of a Scottish paper in this large line up. Ignoring Scotland is ridiculous in this age.