100+ Students from across the world
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.