The event is targeted specifically at the key commercial, regulatory and editorial issues affecting the regional media, including the implications of next week’s election result for the industry.
Organised by the Society in association with HoldtheFrontPage, the event is also being supported by the Press Association and Camelot.
As well as Ashley, other confirmed speakers include Peter Clifton, editor-in-chief of the Press Association, David Powles, head of Archant’s investigations team, Rob Irvine, editor of the Manchester Evening News, Ian Murray, editor-in-chief of the Southern Daily Echo, Donald Martin, editor-in-chief of DC Thomson Newspapers and Joy Yates, group editor of Johnston Press North East.
Sessions will include discussion on the BBC’s relationship with local news providers, the opportunities for local newspapers offered by devolution, and how digital platforms shaped general election coverage.
Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors said: “The seminar is tailored to meet the needs of regional editors who want to keep ahead of the field.
“Regional editors and their journalists are at the forefront of innovation to meet the technical and commercial challenges of the media in the digital age. The event will focus on their many achievements and spotlight best practice as they build the news platforms for audience and commercial development.”
HTFP Publisher Paul Linford added: “For the past three years the SoE regional seminar has proved an invaluable forum for debate and the sharing of ideas.
“We have always been keen to see it become a permanent fixture on the industry calendar and as such we are delighted to be able to strengthen our asssociation with the event this year.”
Tickets for the seminar cost £60 + VAT for the day on Monday 22 June. The SoE has also arranged a special overnight rate for delegates who wish to arrive on the evening of Sunday 21 June including an informal dinner with a speaker, with a price of £175 + VAT for dinner, bed and breakfast and the seminar day rate.
To book please contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01223 304080.