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Society of Editors Regional Conference 2014: Live blog

Welcome to our live coverage of the Society of Editors Regional Conference 2014, sponsored by HoldtheFrontPage.

We are covering each of the sessions on Twitter via the hashtag #RegSeminar2014.  All our updates and those of other bloggers and conference-goers using the hashtag can be seen in the live Twitter feed below.

Today’s conference is taking place at the Forest of Arden Hotel in the West Midlands. The full programme for the day can be seen underneath the Twitter  box.


09.30  Introduction:  Richard Catlow, Conference organiser
Welcome:  Ian Murray, President, Society of Editors and Editor-in-Chief,  Southern Daily Echo

09.40  Sport—is it worth it?  Three editors show us why they believe it still is  – even in this age when results and match reports are available instantaneously online.

Chair:  Steve Dyson, former Editor, Birmingham Mail
Alastair Machray,  Editor, Liverpool Echo
Mark Waldron, Editor, The News, Portsmouth
Jenny Eastwood, Editor, The Citizen

11.05 Innovation and New Skills: Alison Gow, Digital Innovation Editor,  Trinity Mirror Regionals

12.00 Apprenticeships – are they for us? Plus a chance to hear and meet some apprentices and a special message from HRH The Duke of York.

Chair: Peter Cole, Emeritus Professor of Journalism  University of Sheffield
Doug Wills, Managing Editor, London Evening Standard, Independent Group
Joanne Butcher, Chief Executive, NCTJ

14.00 New Law – New Opportunities: Tony Jaffa, Foot Anstey

14.45  The Future.  The four main regional newspaper groups tell us what they are doing to meet the challenging times ahead.

Chair: David Helliwell, Editor/Deputy Publisher, Cumbrian Newspapers
Neil Benson, Editorial Director, Trinity Mirror Regionals
Neil White, Editor, Derby Telegraph
Jeremy Clifford, Editorial Director, Johnston Press Yorkshire
Ian Murray, President, Society of Editors and Editor-in-Chief, Southern Daily Echo

16.30  Seminar Ends