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NMG: Roundtable: Press Club Debate 2024 - 25 March

NMG: Roundtable: Press Club Debate 2024 - 25 March

Monday, 25 March 2024
Digital Media

Open event (non-members may book to attend)

In association with the London Press Club

Does the traditional media still have clout in today's digital/TikTok world?

The London Press Club and Stationers & Newspaper Makers Company annual media debate looks at how it took a TV drama to shake the country and Government into action over the Post Office scandal. This followed the British traditional media having already published thousands of stories after investigating and reporting about the scandal for years. 

A panel of experienced journalists and commentators will be asked to give their views on how traditional media can embrace technologies and trends, and meet the challenges facing the news industry.

The panel in short:

  • Chair: Will Gore, National Council for the Training of Journalists Head of Partnerships & Projects
  • Paul Connew, media panellist and former editor of the Sunday Mirror
  • Dawn Alford, Executive Director of the Society of Editors
  • David Cohen, investigative and campaign journalist
  • Abbianca Nassar, award winning young journalist and a mentor of young journalists and media advisor
  • Elizabeth Filippouli: Television journalist and founder of an international editorial foundation


Will Gore, NCTJ’s Head of Partnerships & Projects

Having worked in the media sector for nearly two decades, Will joined the NCTJ in June 2019, with particular responsibility for the oversight of partnerships and projects. He worked for ESI Media between 2011 and 2019, first as deputy managing editor across the group’s Independent and Evening Standard titles, then as executive editor for The Independent. He began his career in 2000 as a complaints officer at the Press Complaints Commission, subsequently becoming assistant director, then director of external & public affairs. Alongside his day job, he writes weekly column for The Independent under the moniker ‘Centrist Dad’.

Paul Connew: Media commentator and broadcaster and former editor of the Sunday Mirror and Deputy Editor of the Daily Mirror.  He has also co-authored 14 books on politics, the power of social media and the future of newspapers in the digital age. He has also written and broadcast extensively on the failed role of politicians, the media and the judicial system in the Great Post Office Scandal

Elizabeth Filippouli: Elizabeth is a journalist, author, and fiction writer.  Her professional journey of the last 25 years spreads over broadcasting, print media, and non-profit work supporting youth and women. 

With a flair for geopolitics and international affairs she has interviewed or worked with leading figures such as Ted Turner, James Rubin, Deepak Chopra, Queen Rania of Jordan, Mohamed El Baradei, Nawal El Saadawi, Elif Shafak, Santiago Calatrava, Al Gore, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Lord Robertson, Christiane Amanpour, Peter Arnett, Chris Patten, King Constantine of Greece, Lord Sebastian Coe. She has served on the Boards of The Prince's Trust International, EBU’s NewsXchange, the International News Safety Institute.

David Cohen:  Has run ground-breaking campaigns for the Evening Standard and The Independent for the last 15 and three years respectively. Co-founder of the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund with campaigns raising more than £55 million to tackle social change, difficult social issues such as youth violence, gangs, school exclusions and food poverty. He has scooped Campaign of the Year at the British Press Awards three times as well as the prestigious Cudlipp Award twice and the Paul Foot Award for investigative campaigning journalism.

Dawn Alford: Executive director of the Society of Editors. Dawn has had an extensive career in newspapers and as a magazine editor. She also spent more than 10 years as an editorial content director for digital and print content agencies. She began her career on the Exeter Leader. On national titles, she worked in various reporting and executive roles including for the Sunday Express, Daily Express, Mirror, Sunday People and the New Day.

Abbianca Nassar: Award-winning journalist previously working on stories including the hidden child victims of lockdown, the girls exploited into criminal gangs. She went on to launch a media organisation that commissioned and trained 20 journalists worldwide from Zimbabwe, Kenya, India, South Africa and the US.

Now, Abbianca aims to work with schools, media companies, universities and young people to help them navigate the media industry.

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A, and then networking over wine and sandwiches.

Previous London Press Club debates held in association with the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers Company have included focussing on Cancel Culture, Trust and the Media, equal opportunity and pay for women journalists, surveillance and data intrusion and the battle for survival of quality journalism in the world of fake news.

Book now for the joint Digital Media Group and London Press Club evening on Monday, 25 March 2024, 6.30 for 7.00 pm start. The discussion and Q+A will last for approximately a hour and a half and will be followed by networking over a glass of wine and sandwiches.

Tickets: £19