Historic tie-up announced for editors group

FOR the first time in its history, the annual conference of the Society of Editors (Scotland) is to be hosted by an university.

Glasgow Caledonian University is to welcome some of the country’s top broadcasters and journalists to the event, taking place in September.

The line-up of speakers already includes Sir Christopher Meyer, chair of the Press Complaints Commission; Vicki Nash, director of broadcasting regulators, Ofcom, in Scotland; and Elizabeth Cutting, media and communications advisor to the Judiciary in Scotland.

Said Julian Calvert, chair of the Society of Editors (Scotland) and lecturer in Journalism at the GCU: “I’m delighted that the university will be hosting this conference; it reinforces the message that the training and education of the journalists of tomorrow is more important than ever.”

The Society of Editors campaigns and lobbies to fight for media freedom. Its origins date back to the Guild of Editors that was formed by regional and local newspapers editors in 1946. It has 450 members across the UK and acts “to influence debate on press and broadcasting, freedom, ethics and the culture and business of news media”.

Added Calvert: “The rapid pace of change, ranging from citizen journalism to podcasting, means that print and broadcast news is converging; the conference will reflect the challenges and great opportunities that this brings.”