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Daily editor to discuss terror reporting at SoE conference

Rob Irvine 1A regional daily editor will discuss the reporting of terrorism at this year’s Society of Editors conference.

Rob Irvine, left, editor of the Manchester Evening News, will speak at a conference session entitled ‘Reporting Terror’ along with Sarah Whitehead, head of home news and deputy head of newsgathering at Sky News.

The MEN has covered in depth May’s Manchester Arena bombing and its aftermath, and has helped raise millions of pounds for the atrocity’s victims and their families.

The session will also hear from a representative from UK Counter Terrorism Policing, while Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick will deliver a keynote address at the conference.

The event, which will be held in Cambridge, will look closely at reporting terror and question whether extensive media coverage of atrocities perpetuates terrorist propaganda.

Chris Evans, the editor and director of content for the Daily Telegraph, will open the main day of the conference on Monday 13 November.

Ian Murray, deputy executive director of the Society of Editors, said: “We are delighted that Chris has agreed to deliver a keynote address and kick start the important discussion around fake news that will focus our agenda at the conference.”

Booking for the conference is now open, with details of how to book found here.