Laura chaired a panel discussion on the future of journalism at the conference.
She was asked by a member of the audience how local newspapers could stay relevant and compete with the likes of the BBC.
Laura responded: “Local journalism has its own place. We wouldn’t see a broadcaster as a competitor because our USP is local.
“We can make things the BBC might not be able to get hold of.”
She said she consumes news on tablet, mobile, in newspapers and through magazines, adding: “That’s what we need to get into and not to see online as competing with everyone else.”
The panel also discussed what could be done to aid journalists’ skills throughout their careers.
Laura said: “You can never really predict who’s going to respond and in what way to change in development or work. I’ve seen people who have been there for years and years be the most open-minded.”
“Time is really importtant. People need time to develop and time to evolve. That’s something that editors really need to be conscious of.
“People need time to develop their own skills and test and give themselves confidence. We have to make sure we’ve got the best systems ot the easiest systems.
“Sometimes it’s fear that stops people taking the next step.”