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Society of Editors Regional Seminar 2015: Live blog

Soe-Banner-800x184-AC-008-22052015-1Welcome to our live coverage of the Society of Editors Regional Seminar 2015, held in association with HoldtheFrontPage.

We are covering each of the sessions on Twitter via the hashtag #RegSeminar2015. 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 Renaissance Hotel in Manchester city centre.  The full programme for the day can be seen underneath the Twitter box.


Welcome.  Bob Satchwell, executive director, Society of Editors, Paul Linford, publisher, HoldtheFrontPage, and Doug Wills, president, Society of Editors.

Session 1: The way I see it – Ashley Highfield, chief executive Johnston Press

Session 2: Investigations in the regions – David Powles, head of Archant’s investigations team

Session 3: Seizing the Future – Rob Irvine, editor of the Manchester Evening News and Jeremy Clifford, editor-in-chief, The Yorkshire Post, on the opportunities offered by devolution.

Session 4: BBC Friend or foe? – Panel discussion with Joy Yates, group editor, Johnston Press North East, Mark Thompson, head of digital, Johnston Press North East, David Holdsworth, Controller of BBC Regions and Michelle Mayman, BBC North West news editor.

Session 5: Richard Catlow – How communities can help fight terrorism

Session 6: Journalism in the future – the digital revolution, video and the skills we need.   Panel discussion including Joanne Butcher, chief executive of the NCTJ, Peter Clifton, editor-in-chief of the Press Association, Donald Martin, editor of the Sunday Post and Martin Tideswell, ‎editor-in-chief at Staffordshire Sentinel News and Media.

Session 7: Do supplements work? – Ian Murray, editor-in-chief of the Southern Daily Echo

Session 8: Mind How You Go – sponsored by Foot Anstey. Panel discussion of the issues and opportunities on what to look out for on the political and legal stage with Santha Rasaiah of the News Media Association and Bob Satchwell.