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New Met chief Dick to address Society of Editors conference

The new commissioner of the Metropolitan Police has been unveiled as one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Society of Editors conference.

Cressida Dick, the first woman to hold the post, will address the year’s biggest media industry gathering, due to take place in Cambridge in November.

The Commissioner will address delegates on the subject of police and media engagement in one of her first key speeches.

In the wake of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester, the conference agenda will also look closely at reporting terror with Manchester Evening News editor Rob Irvine among those taking part.




Among the key questions set to be posed at the session is whether extensive media coverage of such atrocities perpetuates terrorist propaganda.

As well as Rob, the ‘Reporting Terror’ session will also hear from Sarah Whitehead, Head of Home News and Deputy Head of Newsgathering at Sky News and a representative from UK Counter Terrorism Policing.

Other conference sessions will focus on so-called fake news and the role of social media companies and digital platforms in tackling the issue.

It will also look at the recent surge in restrictions placed upon freedom of expression in the UK, Europe and more widely.

The event is sponsored by United Utilities, Google, Foot Anstey, PCS and Camelot, which has supported the Society of Editors since 2001.

For the first time in many years, this year’s conference will not feature a gala dinner on the Monday evening, but will see the Society of Editors Lecture restored to its traditional Sunday night slot.

Bookings for the conference are now open with a full conference early bird cost of £550 plus VAT for Society members.

Full details of how to book are available at


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  • July 10, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I guess you could not resist using her name in the headline. Even though it doesn’t ring a bell with 99.9 per cent of the population.

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  • July 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Not known by 99.9 per cent? Well, it depends whether you have paid even minor attention to the world news (particularly 2005), Bur I guess you haven’t.

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