A ‘digital focus’ is planned for this year’s Society of Editors’ conference after the event’s keynote speakers were revealed.
The year’s biggest annual media gathering will take place in Carlisle on 17 and 18 October, where the agenda at the ‘Back in Business’ themed event will focus on the resilience and skill of the best of British media.
Confirmed regional press speakers include David Higgerson, digital publishing director at Trinity Mirror Regionals, Ian Murray, editor of the Southern Daily Echo, Joy Yates, editorial director of Johnston Press North East and Nick Turner, digital strategy manager at the CN Group.
They will be joined by Matt Cooke, head of Google News Lab, Malcolm Coles, director of digital media at Telegraph Media Group, Rachel Oldroyd, editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Darren Sher, head of product for Trinity Mirror and media consultant Sue Ryan.
Delegates will hear about the digital news initiative (DNI), a collaboration between Google and news publishers in Europe to support high quality journalism.
Trinity Mirror’s ‘Perspecs’ project, a news aggregation app that aims to show three perspectives to every story, will also be among the topics discussed.
Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, said: “The Google News Labs is renowned for providing lessons designed to help journalists learn the best ways to use Google tools for reporting and storytelling and we are delighted to provide a session as an added benefit of the conference for the first time.
“Digital innovation is at the heart of newsroom strategies up and down the country and delegates will hear first-hand the experiences of the Google DNI Fund’s UK recipients.
“The conference will also include updates on the Society’s vital campaigning work on behalf of the media.
“The political maelstrom of the last couple of weeks may require a bit of tweaking of the programme as a new Prime Minister takes over.”
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