100+ Students from across the world

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Future NEWS is a conference aimed at young people who aspire to be the next generation of world-class journalists.

It provides a chance to hear from leaders in the media field and get hands-on advice and support from the experts.

Building on the success of the first conference, held in Glasgow as part of the Commonwealth Games' cultural programme, the second conference will take place at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh from 4-6 September.

British Council has selected participants from more than 20 countries who, on their return home, will hopefully become media professionals themselves, with an enduring memory of their time in Scotland. The event brings together more than 100 students aged 18 to 25 from across the world.

Future NEWS 2015 is a partnership project with Reuters, the Herald & Times Group, Tinopolis Interactive, British Council and others, and is financially supported by the Scottish Government and a consortium of UK university schools of journalism.


What is FutureNEWS?

FutureNEWS is the name given to our contemporary news gathering and reporting experience designed to; “Inspire the next generation of Journalists”. FutureNEWS blends both the physical and virtual newsroom, bridging industry with budding young reporters under one banner to create a uniquely exciting and professional environment. FutureNEWS is adaptable and scalable to suit a range of audiences and settings.

A Case Study: Glasgow 2014

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  • 40,000+ views in 2 weeks
  • 200+ articles published
  • 80 budding editors and reporters
  • 18 countries working together
  • 6 Key partners
  • 1 generation inspired

In 2014 FutureNEWS was born in Glasgow with a key objective to tie in as a critical legacy project for the Commonwealth Games. The event ran from April until the end of the Games in early August and was a huge success.

Key partners from Education, Government, Television & Media and the Games organisers came together to provide a unique opportunity for young people with an interest in journalism to be able to actively report on the games themselves. With unprecedented access to the games venues, the organisers and the athletes; we equipped over 100 young reporters with the tools knowledge and inspiration to film, record, write and share their experiences with all the responsibility that comes of being a professional journalist. You can access and read the newsfeed as reported and edited by our delegates here.

Who is involved? – The key components

  • Event location

    FutureNEWS culminates each year in a 3 day conference. We work to find exclusive locations which echo the very ethos of our events

  • Industry

    We bring together key players from Mass Media, directly linking industry insight, inspiration and opportunity to the participants.

  • Technology & Facilities

    We provision all the surrounding media technology, equipment, and support to run our newsroom environments and conferences

  • Education

    Whether at Government, Institution or School level, we work and link with the best education partners available to facilitate a meaningful experience which delivers measurable results

2015 Programme

Friday, 4th Sept

Time Description Speaker
0830 Registration/ Coffee  Please note: ID required to register
1000 Conference start: Introduction plus Minister Tom Thomson, Conference Director
Continuity Laura Goodwin, STV
1030 Keynote Address: What's New About News, and What Isn't Paul Ingrassia, Reuters
1130 Broadcast journalism Donald J MacDonald, STV
1215 Reuters live international news conference Paul Ingrassia
1300 Lunch
1400 Media landscape and economics Alice Enders, Enders Analysis
1500-1800 Stephen Jukes introduces Practical Editorial Techniques Stephen Jukes/University Partners
Workshop - News reporting and danger Milne Rowntree, University of Ulster
Workshop - Interviewing - an introduction Andy Bissell, Bournemouth University
Workshop - Citizen Journalism and social media Michael Bromley, City University
Workshop - Digital story telling Sallyanne Duncan, University of Strathclyde
Workshop - Ethical journalism, codes of conduct Ben McConville, Glasgow Caledonian University
1500-1800 Tours of Scottish Parliament, 3.15, 4.00, 5.00
1800 Reception - Meet the partners
2000 Close Baroness Prashar/Garden Lobby

Saturday, 5th Sept

Time Description Speaker
1000-1130 Social media Matt Roper, Digital News Editor, STV and Will Guyat, Strategic Partnership Manager, Facebook
1130 Editorial dilemmas – The Ethics of Journalism Donald Martin, DC Thomson
1400-1500 Lunch
1400-1500 Masterclass: Life on the front line Sue Turton
1500-1630 Masterclass; Business news Douglas Fraser
1630 View from the editor's chair Magnus Llewellin, Editor, The Herald
1800 Close
Evening free

Sunday, 6th Sept

Time Description Speaker
1000 New technology in action Matt Bett, Abertay University and Clare and Dave Hipkiss, Up Above TV
1100 Keynote address James Waterson
1200 Masterclass: Sports news Geoff Webster
1300 Lunch
1400 CNN: The Global Broadcaster's View Greig Beitchman, CNN
1500 Q and A, FN Director closing remarks Karen Cunningham, Director, Future NEWS and all speakers
1600 Close


For 2015 our destination is the Scottish Parliament Building, Holyrood, Edinburgh EH99 1SP


Pollock Halls

Pollock Halls will host our delegates for the forthcoming event in Edinburgh. Conveniently located for all activities, more details can be found here


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Tom Thomson OBE

Future NEWS Conference Director

 Tom Thomson had a long career with Reuters, the international news and information company.  He was a foreign and war correspondent in the US, Africa and the Middle East, then news editor for North & Latin America and the Caribbean; news editor for Asia; editor for Asia; and global managing editor of the company's 2,500-strong news division.  He is now managing editor of a leading Scottish media company, the Herald & Times Group.  He is a trustee of the British Council.

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Paul Ingrassia

Managing Editor, Reuters

Paul Ingrassia was appointed managing editor of Reuters in December 2012, having been Deputy Editor in chief of Reuters News at Thomson Reuters Corporation since April 2011. Previously he had enjoyed a long and successful career at The Wall Street Journal becoming President of Dow Jones Newswires Holdings, Inc., having joined Dow Jones in January 1977 as a reporter in the Chicago bureau of The Wall Street Journal, In 1993, he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting coverage of the management turmoil at General Motors. He also received a 1993 Gerald Loeb Award in the deadline/beat writing category for their General Motors coverage. Mr. Ingrassia received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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The Rt Hon Baroness Prashar CBE


Born in Kenya, Baroness Prashar attended the Universities of Leeds and Glasgow. Shas led a number of public and voluntary organisations with great distinction and was awarded a CBE in 1994 and given a peerage in 1999. From 2005 to 2010 Baroness Prashar was Chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission. She is Deputy Chair of the British Council, President of the UK Council for International Student Affairs, President of the National Literacy Trust, President of the Community Foundation Network and Patron of the Runnymede Trust.

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Karen Cunningham

Director, Future NEWS  2015

Former Head of Libraries and Cultural Venues in Glasgow, she was the founder and first Director of Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival, host organization for the inaugural Future NEWS in 2014. She is Director of the Festival of Architecture 2016.

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Alice Enders


Alice Enders reports on recorded music market developments and consults on licensing and B2B media for Enders Analysis, a leading media research firm. A former senior economist at the World Trade Organisation, she was professor of economics at York University, Canada. She has an economics doctorate from Queens University, Canada.

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Steve Jukes


Stephen Jukes is Dean of Bournemouth University's Faculty of Media & Communication and a former foreign correspondent and editor at the international news agency Reuters. During a series of overseas postings he covered or oversaw coverage of stories ranging from the ousting of Margaret Thatcher to the fall of the Berlin Wall, two Gulf Wars and September 11. In his final position at Reuters, he was Global Head of News and executive editor for a series of books focusing on the Middle East conflict. He chairs the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma in Europe and is a trustee of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting.

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David Milne

Head of Digital Publishing at STV

David Milne is Head of Digital Publishing at STV, Scotland’s leading digital media brand. He is responsible for STV’s growing digital portfolio, including the country’s most popular Scottish commercial media product, stv.tv.
He is currently working on an innovative News product to be released early in 2016.
Previous roles include Digital Editor at the Herald & Times Group, where he planned and launched www.heraldscotland.com, and Deputy Editor of the Sunday Herald.

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Mark Daly

Investigations correspondent for BBC Scotland and Panorama

Investigations correspondent for BBC Scotland and Panorama…recently investigated doping in athletics, historic sexual abuse in the catholic Church, the financial collapse of Rangers Football Club. Previously investigated the Stephen Lawrence murder and went undercover as a policeman to expose racism in the force.

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Donald Martin

Editor-in-chief at DC Thomson and editor of the Sunday Post.

Donald Martin is Editor in Chief, DC Thomson Newspapers and editor of The Sunday Post & Weekly News. Previously, Editor in Chief, Herald & Times Group; editor, The Herald; editor, The Evening Times; editor, Evening Express; editor, North West Evening Mail.
Donald is a board member of the UK Society of Editors and the National Council for the training of Journalists (NCTJ).

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Adam Edwards

Creative Director at Tinopolis Interactive

Adam heads up Tinopolis Interactive (Tinint), the digital/learning arm of the International Media Group Tinopolis. Adam works across a portfolio of public and private sector clients to create and deliver compelling content and interactivity for today’s multi-screen world. Tinint produces over 100 hours of interactive education and training content per year.

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David Pratt

Foreign editor at the Sunday Herald.

He has been a foreign correspondent for over 20 years, specialising in conflict, humanitarian and security issues. An author and broadcaster, with a particular interest in the Arab and Islamic world, he has also previously worked for Reuters and the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. He has reported from around the world for the Sunday Herald and the BBC and this year's assignments alone have taken him from Glasgow to Rwanda to Sarajevo. David has a thoughtful insight and knowledge of cultures and people worldwide.

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Sue Turton



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James Waterson


Jim Waterson is currently deputy editor of BuzzFeed UK where he overseas the website's political coverage. Jim was once of the site's first UK news reporters and has been with it as it has grown over the last two years. In this time he has interviewed the prime minister for BuzzFeed and worked on breaking news and building up the site's news operation. Before BuzzFeed he worked at the financial newspaper City A.M. and has freelanced for many national newspapers.

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Douglas Fraser


Douglas Fraser has been business and economy editor of BBC Scotland since 2008, working across television, radio and online. He was previously political editor at The Herald and at the Sunday Herald. Starting at The Scotsman in 1989, he was education correspondent, Highlands and Islands correspondent and arts and features editor, going on to become Scotland correspondent for The Observer and on the Scotland staff of the Sunday Times.

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Geoff Webster

Assistant Editor with BBC Scotland Sport

Geoff Webster is an award-winning Assistant Editor with BBC Scotland Sport.   For many years, he was the voice of sport on BBC Radio Scotland's "Good Morning Scotland" programme.   He has covered five Commonwealth Games and reported from cricket World Cups in the Caribbean and South Africa.   He also reported from football's 1998 World Cup in France - Scotland's last appearance at the tournament.   In 2104, he headed up BBC Scotland's team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

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Greg Beitchman

Vice President, Content Sales and Partnerships, CNN International.

Greg Beitchman is Vice President, Content Sales and Partnerships, CNN International. In this capacity he is responsible for overseeing and developing the network’s content sales business internationally, with a focus on leveraging its broadcast and digital assets.  His role encompasses content sales and partnerships, out of home services, and licensing deals across broadcast and digital platforms.  He also works across CNN’s NewSource content syndication service, its out-of-home distribution channels, and its international affiliate business of more than 1,000 broadcast partners. 
Prior to joining CNN International, Beitchman worked for Reuters where he was Global Head of Multimedia Content.
An accomplished journalist with over 20 years’ experience, Beitchman’s multiple achievements span both editorial and commercial disciplines, and include the development of strategic partnerships and channel launches for Reuters, Times Global Broadcasting, CCTV and The Tribune Group, as well as a range of international editorial postings in India, China and Japan among others.  He holds a BA in Government and East Asian Studies from Colby College and speaks fluent English, Japanese, French and Hindi / Urdu.

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Will Guyatt

Strategic Partner Manager – Facebook Inc .

Writing his first weekly column for the Wiltshire Times at the age of 15, Will brings more than two decades of print, digital and broadcast media experience to his role at Facebook as both a journalist and a communications specialist. Formerly European PR Manager for Instagram, he now advises media organisations across Europe and the Middle East on the use of Facebook and its products.

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Matt Roper


Matt Roper joined STV six years ago having worked as a news and features editor at national and local newspapers in Scotland and England.
He is responsible for STV’s news, sport and current affairs content online and helps co-ordinate STV’s social media strategy.

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Donald J MacDonald

Editor of STV North News in Aberdeen

Editor of STV North News in Aberdeen, responsible for an area bigger than The Netherlands. A journalist with 30 years experience, prior to his current role Donald worked as a reporter, presenter and producer. Main enjoyment is beating the opposition by getting the story first!

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Laura Goodwin


Laura Goodwin has been a reporter and presenter for STV news in Aberdeen for the past eight years. Previous to that, Laura worked for Moray Firth Radio in Inverness and as part of the First Minister’s team during the G8 Summit at Gleneagles.


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We have many fantastic partners involved in Future News. If you would like to benefit by partnering with us please get in touch at: partners@futurenews.org.uk

Founding Partners

Herald and Times Group

The Herald & Times Group is a leading Scottish media company. It publishes The Herald, founded in 1783 and one of the world’s oldest newspapers, the Sunday Herald, the Evening Times and the National plus associated web sites.

Tinopolis Interactive

Tinopolis Interactive (tinint) is the digital content and online solutions arm of the award winning Tinopolis Group. Tinint’s mission is to create, promote and support brilliant digital content on any screen anywhere.

British council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We are on the ground in six continents and over 100 countries, bringing international opportunity to life, every day.


Reuters is the largest independent international news agency in the world. Its 2,700 journalists in nearly 200 locations deliver international and national news with speed, impartiality and insight. Every day, Reuters news is read by more than a billion people.

FutureNEWS 2015 Partners


A hotbed of international talent

FutureNEWS is not only an experience for budding young journalists, it’s a critical gathering of key industry players and educational institutions. As the programme grows year on year, some of the leading Schools of journalism both in the UK and further afield are becoming increasingly interested in participation. For a delegate it’s the chance to speak directly with the university for more information and insight into the courses they run. For the University it’s access to an international selection of some of the brightest upcoming talent in Journalism.

For more information and to sign up as a partnering University please contact us here


We’d love to hear from you, you can get in touch with us in several ways.

Delegates and speakers - Pre-register your interest for 2016

Event partnership / sponsor

Universities partnerships

General enquiries