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Nick-Turner-335The year’s biggest media gathering kicks off this morning with Society of Editors president Nick Turner welcoming delegates to his group’s Carlisle patch.

Nick, left, is digital strategy manager of the Carlisle-based CN Group whose portfolio includes the News & Star, North West Evening Mail and Cumberland News.

The conference at Carlisle’s Halston Hotel will take place just a few hundred yards away from where flooding devastated the city in December 2015.

Today’s programme will include a session on how the media can help rebuild a community after an emergency, with News & Star editor David Helliwell among the speakers.

Before the official start of the conference at 11am, other regional editors will be staging a workshop session sharing ideas for best practice.

Those taking part include Joy Yates, editor of the Sunderland Echo and editorial director of Johnston Press North East, Evening Mail editor James Higgins, Kent Messenger editor Denise Eaton and DC Thomson head of publishing Donald Martin.

You can watch the conference via the live video stream below courtesy of Silverstream TV.  The stream will be live from 11am – today and again from 9.15am until 12.45pm tomorrow.

The full conference programme can also be viewed below.

Monday 17 October

9.30 – 10.15: Pre-conference workshop – Top tips from regional editors

Chairman: Donald Martin, Head of Publishing, DC Thomson
Denise Eaton, Editor, Kent Messenger
James Higgins, Editor, North West Evening Mail
Joy Yates, Editorial Director, Johnston Press North East

10.15: Registration and Coffee

11.00: Welcome: Nick Turner, President, Society of Editors and Digital Strategy Manager, CN Group

11.10: Chris Blackhurst, Executive Director, CTF Partners: Welcome to Cumbria from an editor from the region who went on to a glittering Fleet Street career

11.45:  New beginnings: How the media can help rebuild a community after an emergency

Chairman: Paul Horrocks, Former Editor, Manchester Evening News
David Helliwell, Group Editorial Director, CN Group Ltd
Sean Robinson, Head of News, United Utilities
Tony Thompson, Chair, Emergency Planning Society

12.15:  New reporters to fill the democratic deficit: Working with the BBC

Chairman: Ray Snoddy, Media Commentator
Matthew Barraclough, Editor, BBC Journalism Working Group
Jeremy Clifford, Editor-in-Chief, Johnston Press
Jon Harris, Chairman, NAPA
David Higgerson, Digital Publishing Director, Trinity Mirror Regionals

13.00: Buffet and networking Lunch – Hosted by BBC News

14.00:  The media and the police: Getting back together for the public good

Chairman: Jonathan Grun, Emeritus Editor, Press Association
Deputy Chief Constable Simon Chesterman, National lead on Armed Policing
Alex Marshall, Chief Executive, College of Policing

15.00: How to benefit from Google’s Digital News Initiative

Chairman: Ian Murray, Editor-in-Chief, Southern Daily Echo
Malcolm Coles, Director of Digital Media, Telegraph Media Group
Sarah Hartley, Applicants Associate Manager, DNI Innovation Fund
Rachel Oldroyd, Editor, Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Darren Sher, Head of Product, Trinity Mirror

16.00: Tea

16.15: Fighting Terror and Cybercrime

17.00: Sessions close

17.15: Society of Editors AGM

18.30: Coaches to Carlisle racecourse

19.00: Reception at Carlisle racecourse – sponsored by the CN Group

20.00: Annual Dinner – sponsored by United Utilities

Welcome from United Utilities

After-dinner speaker: Sir Alan Moses, Chair, Independent Press Standards Organisation 

Tuesday 18 October

9.15:  Newsroom tools and new technologies: Best practice and new opportunities

Chairman: Ray Snoddy, Media Commentator
Peter Clifton, Editor-in-Chief, Press Association
Jenni Sargent, Managing Director, First Draft News
Ramaa Sharma, Editor, Digital Pilots and Skills, BBC
Dave Whaley, Editor, Oldham Chronicle

10.15: Coffee

10.30: The demand for video content

Chairman: Alison Gow, Digital Innovations Editor, Trinity Mirror Regionals
Richard Fletcher, Video Innovations Editor, Trinity Mirror Regionals
Catherine Houlihan, Managing Editor, ITV Border
Marc Settle, Trainer, BBC Academy

11.30: Tomorrow’s Journalists: Key skills, training and diversity 

Kim Fletcher, Chairman, National Council for the Training of Journalists
Ian Murray, Chairman, SoE training committee and Editor-in-Chief, Southern Daily Echo
Gemma-Louise Stevenson, Journalist, BBC Trainee Scheme
Doug Wills, Managing Editor, London Evening Standard

12.00 Fighting for the public’s right to know: SoE Campaigns

Chairman: Bob Satchwell, Executive Director, Society of Editors
Santha Rasaiah, Legal, Policy and Regulatory Affairs Director, News Media Association 

12.30: New president’s address – Ian MacGregor, Telegraph Weekend Editor

12.45: Networking Lunch – sponsored by the University of Cumbria

14.00: Google News Lab – Top tips on how to research, report, distribute and optimize

Matt Cooke, Manager, Google News Labs

16.00: Conference close