The year’s biggest media industry gathering is to return to London for its 20th anniversary conference with a gala dinner back on the menu.
This year’s Society of Editors Conference will take place at the historic Stationer’s Hall in the heart of the capital on Tuesday 12 November.
The event marks two decades of campaigning to protect and maintain press freedoms in the UK since the SoE was formed from the old Guild of Editors in 1999.
And for the first time since 2016, the conference will include a gala dinner, which is being held specially to mark the anniversary.
Organisers say the theme of the conference will be one of “celebrating the successes of the last 20 years in preserving vital media freedoms, while looking ahead to battles yet to come.”
Details of speakers and panel discussions will be announced over the coming weeks
Executive director Ian Murray said: “Although there is always more to be done to protect our vital free media in the UK, we can take pride in the role the Society has played in the two decades since it was created.
“That’s why this year’s conference will be celebrating the UK’s media and its role in protecting our vibrant democracy and freedoms while looking ahead to the future.
“We have decided to return to the capital and, mindful of time pressures, keep the conference to a one day event followed by a reception and gala dinner to mark our anniversary.
“The day will be packed with lively debate, keynote speakers and truly informative and useful sessions making it as usual the must-attend event for the industry.
“Stationers’ Hall is the spiritual home of the media with its five hundred years of history and it is fitting we are holding our conference and gala dinner there where so much history has been made.
“The venue does mean spaces are limited, both for the conference and the dinner, so I would advise delegates to book early and make use of the early bird discount of course.”
To book a place, contact Angela Upton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Early bird discounts of £50 are available on bookings before 5 September.