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Watch the 2014 Society of Editors Conference live

Once again HoldtheFrontPage is streaming this year’s Society of Editors conference live courtesy of the SoE and Silverlink TV. Follow all the debates and discussions from Southampton’s Grand Harbour Hotel here, on our Twitter feed @journalism_news and on our news pages.  Continuous live coverage begins at 9am on Monday.

The full programme is as follows:


7.00 pm Society of Editors Lecture.

Chair: Ian Murray, Editor-in-chief, Southern Daily Echo and President of the Society of Editors
Sir Alan Moses, Chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation


9.00 am Welcome.  Ian Murray, Editor-in-chief, Southern Daily Echo and President, Society of Editors

9.15 am Full steam ahead.  A close look at the varying business models across national and regional titles and whether readership is now on the rise alongside online advertising revenues.

Chair: Doug Wills, Vice President Society of Editors, Managing Editor, Evening Standard and Independent titles
Larry Kramer, President and Publisher, USA Today
Clive Marshall, Chief Executive, PA Group
Paul Napier, Group Editorial Development Director, Johnston Press
Amol Rajan, Editor, The Independent

11.00am Devolution – what it will mean for the media?  What part should the national, regional and local media play in the big debate set to dominate politics for the next 12 months.

Chair: Peter Henley, Political Editor, BBC South
Kevin Maguire, Associate Editor, Daily Mirror
Andrew Pierce, Consultant Editor and columnist, Daily Mail
Mike Sassi, Editor, The Nottingham Post
Kevin Ward, Editor, South Wales Argus

12.00pm Continuous Personal Development. Points to watch from the NCTJ Emerging Skills for Journalists report

Chair: Donald Martin, Editor-in-Chief, DC Thomson Newspapers
Kim Fletcher, Chairman, National Council for the Training of Journalists
12.30pm Lunch – kindly supported by BBC News & Current Affairs

2.00 pm New threats to the media

Chair: Steve Hewlett, Writer, broadcaster and media consultant
Peter Barron, Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Google
John Battle, Head of Compliance, ITN
Caroline Kean, Litigation Partner, Wiggin LLP
Matthias Spielkamp, Founding Editor,

3.15 pm Sports News: Protecting Valuable Content and Access

Chair: Tony Husband, Sports Editor, BBC South Today
Andy Moger, Executive Director, News Media Coalition
Julie Palmer, Regional Managing Partner, Begbies Traynor Group

4.00 pm Digital opportunities

Chair: Raymond Snoddy, Journalist, television presenter, author and media commentator
Kathryn Geels, Programme Manager, Destination Local. Nesta
Alison Gow, Digital Innovations Editor, Trinity Mirror Regionals
Peter Jukes, Journalist and Author

5.00 pm Police and the Media

Chair: Simon Bucks, Associate Editor, Sky News
Colette Paul, Chief Constable of Bedfordshire and Chair of ACPO Communications Advisory Group
Bob Satchwell, Executive Director, Society of Editors

8.15 pm Annual Gala Dinner

Gavin Millar QC, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers


9.00 am The Big Breakfast – The BBC and Local Journalism

Chair: Phil Harding, Journalist and broadcaster
James Harding, Director of News, BBC

10.00am Keynote speech:  Rt Honorable Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State, Culture, Media and Sport

Chair: Doug Wills, President Elect, Society of Editors

11.00 am. Conference ends.