Daily Record web editor among all-star cast speaking at social media dinner

THE editor of the Daily Record’s website is among three speakers lined up to speak at a dinner in Glasgow for people working in the realm of social media.

Iain Hepburn – who was chosen as Digital Journalist of the Year at last year’s Scottish Press Awards – is being joined by Ewan Spence of online newspaper, The Daily Dust, and former scotsman.com editor, Stewart Kirkpatrick, who recently used his allmediascotland blog to announce he too is setting up a newspaper – both on and offline – to be launched on Monday.

This is the second Scottish Social Media Dinner and it is taking place a week on Thursday.

Says organiser, digital media consultant, Craig McGill: “The event will see the three experts discuss the future of news, how publications can keep audiences, the struggle for profitability and what the changing news landscape means for the public, press and PRs.

“The timing of the event will also allow for discussion of Apple’s new handheld device – being announced Wednesday, January 27, and Stewart’s new Scottish newspaper, launching Monday.

“As with previous Scottish Social Media Dinners, there will be a three-course meal with speakers talking between courses and a Q&A at the end.

“The debate grows daily about what the implications are for news moving more and more online. Is there a danger we’ll leave people behind? Will democracy suffer if less people are getting news? How should people interact with these new platforms for journalism and what’s the implications for journalists, PRs, marketeers and public?”