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The Journalism Leaders Forum and Digital Editors Network reflects our vision of the University of Central Lancashire as a centre for debate on critical media issues.

The Forum convenes leaders - from editors and executives to leading journalists, consultants and academics - to examine local and global media challenges and explore a variety of perspectives.

Throughout the yearlong series of events, UCLan’s students, faculty, and alumni, along with members of the wider media community gather on campus and online to hear from, and engage in, an open dialogue with distinguished journalism leaders.

1, 2, 3 ways to stay on top of the debate

1. Join in the discussions on the Digital Editors Network Blog.

2. Contact us for an invitation to the next event or follow us on Twitter. We also welcome your general feedback as well as specific suggestions on topics for future forums and recommendations for panellists.

3. Review the Liveblog and Webcasts...

  • Autumn 2013 Digital Editors Network Meeting. Considering "Smart Content".  An afternoon of discussions on the 15th of October 2013 hosted by News UK, London, with:

    - Katie Vanneck Smith– News UK
    - Mary Beth Christie – Financial Times
    - Kevin Delaney – Quartz
    - Julia Hutchinson – FMG Group
    - Alison Gow – Daily Post, Wales
    - Tom Whitwell – The Times and The Sunday Times
    - Julia Hutchinson – FMG Group
    - Dan Owen – Trinity Mirror, Regionals
    - Ola Henriksson – Svenska Dagbladet
    - Joe Alicata – FMG Group
    - Angus Phillipson – Byte9
    - Lucia Adams – The Times and The Sunday Times
    - Stijn Debrouwere – Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow, The Guardian
    - Chairs: François Nel, Nick Turner and Lucia Adams, Co-Convenors, DEN.

  • 12th Forum: Revisiting " The Future of Journalism" A panel discussion on the 12th May 2009, with:

    - Richard Frediani– Granada
    - Ian Bent – BBC
    - Paul Newman – Peel Media
    - Joanna Geary – The Times
    - Chair: Mike Ward School of Journalism, Media & Communication, UCLan.

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  • 11th Forum: Revisiting " The Bottom Line: Is the business of journalism affecting the journalism of business? ?" A panel discussion on the 3rd February 2009, with:

    - Robert Peston– BBC
    - Kate McKenzie – Financial Times
    - Chris Barry –
    - Simon Reynolds – Lancashire Evening Post
    - Arthur Porter – Crain's Manchester Business
    - Alison Gow – Trinity Mirror
    - Chair: Kevin Anderson The Guardian.

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  • 10th Forum: Revisiting "Hard Lessons - What are the tough times teaching media decision-makers about the way forward?" A panel discussion on the 7th October 2008, with:

    - Steve Yelvington – Morris Digital Works
    - Stephen Gray – American Press Institute
    - Kevin Anderson – The Guardian
    - Simon Reynolds – Lancashire Evening Post
    - Jane Singer – Johnston Press Chair of Digital Journalism, UCLan
    - Chair: Francois Nel UCLan.

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  • 7th Forum. Revisiting "Local Turf Wars" A panel discussion on the 16th October 2007, with:

    - Jay Rosen – Press Think
    - Neil Benson – Trinity Mirror
    - Darren Thwaites – Evening Gazette, Teeside
    - Andy Mitten – United We Stand
    - Emma Hemmingway – Into the Newsroom
    - Chair: Mike Ward - author of Journalism Online and head of journalism at UCLan.

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  • 6th Forum: Editor as Entrepreneur - Lessons from the Digital Front.' A panel discussion on 15th May 2007, with:

    - Eamon Carey - Randon Thoughts Media
    - Robin Hamman - Co-ordinator BBC Blogging network
    -Nick Jaspan - How-Do Media
    -Jeff Kaye - Media Consultant
    - Chair: Bob Eggington - Established BBC News Online

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  • 5th Forum: 'Media Mashups! How Traditional Media Brands Survive and Thrive in a Wired World' A panel discussion on 8th February 2007, with:

    - Professor Jane Singer - Johnston Press Chair in Digital Journalism.
    - Heather Hopkins - Hitwise.
    -Jeff Kaye - Media Consultant
    - Simon Reynolds - Lancashire Evening Post editor
    - Robb Montgomery - founder of Visual
    - Chair: Mark Tungate - Paris based journalist


  • 4th Forum: 'Leading Innovation: What To Do, How To Do It', a panel discussion on May 24th, 2006, with:

    - Tim Bowdler - Johnston Press chief executive.
    - Tim Porter - Associate director of Tomorrow’s Workforce, a Knight Foundation-sponsored project devoted to professional development in America’s newsrooms.
    - Simon Waldman - Director of digital publishing at Guardian Newspapers.
    - Geert-Jan Bogaerts - De Volkskrant's online editor.
    - Chair: Keith Sutton - president of the UK Society of Editors.


  • 3rd Forum: The Challenge: Make News Conversations Happen, a roundtable discussion on May 24th, 2006, with:

    - Kevin Anderson, BBC’s 2004 US election blogger and a producer for the BBC World Service programme, ‘World Have Your Say’.
    - Chair: Mike Ward, author of Journalism Online and head of journalism at UCLan.


  • 2nd Forum: The implications of Citizen Journalism for the Media Establishment, a panel debate on January 31st, 2006, with:

    - Dan Gillmor , author of We the Media
    - Pete Clifton , editor of BBC News Interactive
    - Cath Hearne
    , editor of BBC London’s nightly news programme
    - John Fray, deputy general secretary of the National Union of Journalists (UK and Ireland)
    - Mike Ward, author of Journalism Online and head of the journalism department at UCLan.
    - Chair: Nigel Kay, former Head of Journalism Development at the BBC and now an Industrial Fellow of the Journalism Leaders Programme.


  • 1st Forum: What are the great questions that journalism leaders should be asking? , a panel discussion on October 11th, 2005, with:

    - Keith Sutton, president of the UK Society of Editors
    - Mary Glick, associate director of the American Press Institute
    - Wilf Mbanga, editor of The Zimbabwean
    - Chair: François Nel, founding director of the Journalism Leaders Programme.