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Culture secretary among speakers as conference line-up announced

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale and former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger are to be among the kyenote speakers at this year’s Society of Editors’ conference, it has been announced.

The year’s biggest media gathering will be returning to London for the second time in three years and will be held from 18-20 October, under the theme Making News Pay.

It will be held at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel, close to the iconic cathedral, and will include sessions on raising revenue from content and using social media, with an emphasis on professional skills and knowledge development.

Alan Rusbridger will deliver the prestigious Society of Editors Lecture and Culture Secretary John Whittingdale MP will open the main conference with a keynote address.

Other speakers will include advertising guru Sir Martin Sorrell, BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead and Mike Darcey, CEO of News UK.

Regional press representatives taking part include Matt Kelly, digital director of Local World and former North Wales Daily Post editor Alison Gow, who is now digital innovations editor at Trinity Mirror.

Society of Editors president Doug Wills, managing editor of the London Evening Standard and Independent titles, said: “The conference spotlights the opportunities for journalists to turn their ingenuity to the business of making brilliant content and building revenues to help pay for the costs of news gathering.

“High profile speakers and panel debates on the major issues facing journalism will make it a must conference for all who need to keep abreast of developments in the industry.”

The Society’s annual black tie gala dinner will take place in the Grange St Paul’s hotel on the evening of Monday 19 October.

For more information and to book a place, click here or email office@societyofeditors.org.