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Noel Young

Noel Young says he is one of the few journalists who has never worked for a newspaper with a declining sale. From his first berth with the Sunday Post, then in the Guinness Book of Records with the world's highest penetration of its target audience (around 95%), to his stint with the Daily Mirror, when it passed 5 million daily and finally as editor of the Glasgow Sunday Mail, when it peaked at 903,000, the path has always been up.  Today however, Young - founding chairman of the company that became the Carnyx Group and now owner of the US news agency, ReportBoston.com, acknowledges that the stage now belongs to new media, "in particular some of the great news sites that the world can access with just one key stroke, " he says.
 

Anne Driscoll

Anne Driscoll is an award-winning journalist from Boston whose work has been published in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, People and other online and print publications. She is currently a US Fulbright scholar at Griffith College in Dublin teaching journalism and law students about miscarriages of justice.   At one point in her reporting career, when she tired of chasing Ben Affleck, she switched tracks and worked in public relations for Teak Media, a Boston-based firm committed to representing non-profit clients. She has also served as a judge for the Boston Comedy Festival for many years.
 

Ben Piven

Before joining Al Jazeera America's website in 2013 as a New York City-based assistant editor, Ben Piven worked as an online producer for international news channel Al Jazeera English in Doha, Qatar. Prior to moving overseas, he did multimedia stories for PBS Worldfocus. He holds a master's degree in digital media from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In 2007, he studied the caste system as a Fulbright scholar at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India. Originally from Baltimore, Ben enjoys cities, languages, music, and travel.

Bill Hagerty

Bill Hagerty received his journalism training on local newspapers in East :London before joining Reynold’s News, the now defunct national Sunday paper that was about to relaunch as the “compact” Sunday Citizen.  A brief period at the Daily Sketch was followed by a move to the Daily Mirror, where, after spells as features editor and then a writer travelling the world to interview major film and music stars of the day, he became an assistant editor of the paper. He subsequently filled similar roles at the Mirror Group’s other titles, the Sunday Mirror and The People. Leaving the Group in 1985, he ran the features department and then the Sunday edition of Today newspaper before rejoining Mirror Group in as deputy editor of the Sunday Mirror. He filled the same role at the Daily Mirror where he was also acting editor before editing The People, 1991-92. Since then he has reviewed film and theatre for a number of newspapers and magazines, edited two magazines on contract, written extensively on the media and worked as a consultant for Tribune. He edited British Journalism Review from 2002 until 2012 and is now the media magazine’s chairman and he also edited for publication all four volumes of Alastair Campbell’s Downing Street diaries. He is a former chairman of the journalists’ charity and a director of the London Press Club.
 

Chris Boffey

Chris Boffey is a former news editor of the Observer, Sunday Telegraph and the Mirror and onetime special adviser to the Labour government.

Chris Connelly

As an editor, writer and interviewer with more than thirty years of experience working at a daily newspaper in the Greater Boston area, Chris has seen firsthand the electronic evolution of the news media from print to online editions.  "As an editor of a daily newspaper, I specialized in covering local and state (i.e. Massachusetts) government, political, legal and criminal cases, feature stories and all aspects of the community," he said.  For 14 years he was the host of "The Bookcase," a 30-minute one-on-one cable television interview program featuring best-selling authors of fiction and non-fiction. He is also a television announcer of sports and special events. He has also worked as a consulting website editor for a search marketing firm in Boston and as a volunteer publicist for the Salem (Massachusetts) Film Fest.  Currently, Chris works in corporate communications for an international medical company.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow, awarded in 2002 by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
 

David Mill

David is MD of the leading Digital Marketing and Publishing agency MediaCo, based in Dundee, Edinburgh, Dubai and Singapore.  He is also something of an Internet pioneer, having been responsible for the launch of one the first online newspapers as far back as 1994.  And following that period as Online Editor of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, he went on to become Group Online Editor of Mirror Group Newspapers, in London, driving forward publication of many newspapers on the web, including Sporting Life and The Independent.  David also led the team that was responsible for the majority of content published by AOL when it launched in the UK, before he became Head of Publishing & Content at Scotland On Line and establishing it as the leading web portal for Scottish news, sport and features.  He is also author of the book “Content Is King – Writing and Editing Online”. Published by Elsevier, it is a guide for marketers, copywriters and editors to enable them to produce more effective material for publication online.
 

Eamonn Byrne

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Elaine Sharp

Elaine Whitfield Sharp is a journalist and a nationally-known lawyer based in Massachusetts USA.  With her husband Dan Sharp who founded Michigan Lawyers Weekly, she was involved in many of the news decisions and editing for the paper and  also later  Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.  Dan and Elaine also conceived  Lawyers’ Weekly USA, a national publicaiton for lawyers based partly on the USA Today model.  As a print journalist in the Chicago area she generated some 3,000 articles covering local and national political issues in the US for local, state and national media. She wrote about the coercive use of hypnosis in criminal investigation (now excluded in courts in the US), and the pitfalls for kids and parents in surrogate mothering.  Since graduating from law school in the US in 1987, Elaine has continuing writing, focusing on forensic issues; she is a co-author of a leading forensic textbook (Forensic Neuropathology, CRC Press).  Elaine is a trustee of the Civil Justice Foundation (CJA), a national charitable organisation dedicated to safeguarding justice for Americans by strengthening the alliance between attorneys and consumer advocacy groups .
Elaine is a devotee of  news and informational web sites that make a difference in helping to connect people and bring justice to those who need it most.  She  brings the insightful perspective of the working journalist and practising lawyer to the seamless web that is law and politics.  Elaine developed the forensic defense of  British au pair Louise Woodward in the 1997 trial in which she was  accused  the murder of Louise’s eight-and-a-half-month-old charge, Matthew Eappen.  She was freed on time  served on a reduced charge  of manslaughter.  Elaine also represented the family of the Albert DeSalvo, the so-called “Boston Strangler, helping to clear his name through forensic investigation and more than 40 media interviews and documentaries.   She  recently represented Pakistani-born MIT graduate Aafia Siddiqui, accused of being the right hand woman of Osama bin Laden, yet who was only tried for the assault of American agents in Afghanistan in 2010.  Found guilty  in a  Manhattan trial, Siddiqui  was sentenced to  life and is currently appealing.  She is currently working on an autobiography
 

Francis Turner

Previously European Sales & Publisher Director at both Utarget & FOX Networks (NewsCorp). In 2010, recognising the growing requirement for branded content and creative content marketing services by brands online, Francis co-founded Content Amp. Today Content Amp works with leading brands and agencies on content strategy and digital content amplification, creating over 1m words of content a month and distributing that natively across the UK’s leading publishers and bloggers.

Gordon Young

Gordon Young is founder of The Drum – recently voted PPA Media Brand of the Year.  In addition The Drum magazine was voted PPA Magazine of the Year, and its website overtook its rivals to become the UK’s largest marketing website by unique users. As a result Gordon was also named Editor of the Year by the PPA at the end of last year.

Janet Swaysland

Janet believes that communication can change the world, and has spent her career connecting
people with ideas and information that help solve problems, improve relationships and increase
growth and prosperity. She is currently Vice President of Employee Insights and Engagement at global information management leader Iron Mountain, where she develops storytelling, content, channel and engagement strategies. Previously, she was a Program Director for Research Working Groups at The Conference Board, a non-profit global business research organization, and a Strategy Partner at Human 1.0, boutique consulting firm focused on organizational culture.   Prior to her consulting work, Janet was SVP, global communications & social media for Monster Worldwide, where she developed the company’s first social media strategy, engagement platforms, thought leadership content framework and issues management capability. Janet joined Monster from Human 1.0 precursor Beeline Labs, and spent 15 years prior in senior positions at marketing/public relations agencies including Mullen and Brodeur Partners, building corporate reputation, social responsibility, influencer relations and public relations programs for brands including Timberland, Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Frito-Lay as well as numerous early stage companies.
 

Jeanette Harrison-Sullivan

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John McLellan

John McLellan is director of the Scottish Newspaper Society and honorary professor of journalism at the University of Stirling and. He was formerly editor-in-chief of Scotsman Publications where he edited The Scotsman, Edinburgh Evening News and Scotland on Sunday. He is a former Press Complaints Commissioner and member of the D-Notice committee and on leaving the Scotsman in 2012 he spent over a year as director of communications for the Scottish Conservatives.

Liz Vercoe

Liz Vercoe’s career has encompassed trade and consumer journalism both as a writer and editor and is currently an editorial consultant for a number of charities.  Her first editorship, at 24, was the international business magazine Commerce International. Subsequently she wrote for a series of women’s magazines before joining, as  “Day Editor”, the tiny launch team of the News of The World’s innovatory colour supplement, then called Sunday Magazine, now Fabulous.  After writing her series of  “Where To Live in London” property guides and freelance journalism for The Sunday Times Magazine, You Magazine and Retail Week, she was appointed associate editor of The Sunday Mirror Magazine from launch.  Latterly she moved to the BBC and Radio Times where she was deputy editor and acting editor at a time that the Radio Times website was developing alongside the BBC’s digital offering.
 

Maggie Hall

Thirty three years in the States working for UK national papers, 29 years in Washington DC, Maggie Hall is one of the most highly-regarded  British media people in America. Right out of school she worked for the Dewsbury Reporter and after spells in King's Lynn and Doncaster, ended up on the Daily Mirror. Posted to the Mirror's New York bureau, she quit the paper, when her three years was up, to freelance out of the States. She has worked  for the News of the World, Today, the Sunday Mail, and, in the US, People magazine, The Enquirer and The Star. She now travels, without the hindrance of deadlines, spending extended times in places all over the world. Which is how she's discovered the need for, and the joy of, on-line journalism (despite the fact that she believes there's nothing like having a paper spread out in front of you). She is  a contributor to The Hill Rag, a monthly publication serving Capitol Hill. She's planning a second edition of her first book, The Mish-Mash Dictionary of Marmite: an anecdotal A-Z of Tar-in-a-Jar, but not until she has finished her current project, an A-Z of another iconic British product with a global reach.  She co-founded and helps organise the Literary Hill BookFest, which features authors for whom Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, is home. It's home for Maggie - that is when she's not in Whitby, Yorkshire, where she can be found in the summer.

Marc Hartog

Marc has 17 years experience in publishing, in wide ranging roles from Finance Director to Publishing Director.  In early 2013 he led a Management buyout to form Apptitude Media and has since launched three new digital only magazine brands and launched a creative studio building apps for high-profile clients.  Marc recently won the PPA Publishing Innovator of the Year award.

Mark McSherry

New York-based Mark McSherry is an experienced editor and reporter who covers business and financial news -- and a professor of digital and print media, journalism, publishing, design, public relations, advertising and mass communication.  McSherry writes for Forbes.com in the US, and The Independent and London Evening Standard in the UK, and is Professor of Communication Arts at St Francis College, Brooklyn, New York.  McSherry has been a staff reporter, editor, executive and recruiter with news organizations around the world, including Reuters, UK Sunday Times, Bloomberg, South China Morning Post, Scotsman Publications & New Zealand Herald.
 

Matthew Storin

Matt Storin has covered more bases than most in a lifetime in American newspapers.  A former editor of the Boston Globe and the Chicago Sun-Times, he began his journalism career at his hometown newspaper, the Daily News in Springfield, Mass.  After jointing the Globe, Storin  covered Congress and the White House for the paper, and was later City editor. He was Asian bureau chief from 1974–75, covering the last stages of the war in Vietnam.  Matt later worked at U.S. News and World Report, and then became editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. At the New York Daily News he served as managing editor, before returning to the Globe, becoming Editor in March 1993.  After retiring from the Globe, he returned to his alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, where he taught journalism and served as associate vice president for communications.  He currently works as a special projects specialist in Notre Dame's Office of Student Affairs.
 

Nick Wrenn

Nick Wrenn is vice president of digital services for CNN International, based at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta. He is the leading editorial executive over all of CNN’s digital assets outside the United States and reports to Peter Bale, general manager of CNN International Digital.  Wrenn oversees the editorial direction of the services, working with colleagues across CNN.com’s U.S. domestic operation and in Turner International to manage the growth of the business through the development of new products and services. These include CNN.com/international, CNNArabic.com and the CNN international mobile brand together with numerous video services.  Under Wrenn’s management, CNN was honored with the Royal Television Society’s "Innovative News" award for a CNN.com  interactive that featured tweets during the 2010 World Cup.  Previously Wrenn was based in London, CNN’s largest production center outside the U.S., and served as CNN International’s managing editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for more than five years. He was responsible for CNN’s newsgathering operations, which produced more than 10 hours of live programming each day, the CNN International production unit, CNN.com/international, all of CNN’s English language international web operations and CNNArabic.com.  Wrenn joined CNN in April 2000 and was instrumental in the launch of CNN.com Europe in September of that year.  He was first promoted in May 2001 and launched the new international edition of CNN.com in February of 2003, taking over the management of CNN’s Hong Kong-based interactive teams, in addition to the European teams.  Prior to joining CNN, Wrenn was duty editor and UK editor of BBC News Online and was one of the founding members of the team that created and developed the site.  He has also worked at the Press Association, Reuters and UPI (sport) as well as BBC Ceefax.  Wrenn began his journalistic career on the Basingstoke and North Hampshire Gazette.  He also worked for other Evening Echo titles in the Southern Newspaper Group including the Bournemouth Evening Echo.

Raymond Snoddy

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Rich Rubino

Rich Rubino is the author of two books The Political Bible of Little Known Facts in American Politics and Make Every Vote Equal: What a Novel Idea. He blogs for The Huffington Post, and is a panelist on the weekly Internet broadcast Politics is Sexy. In addition, Rich manages the political blog www.Politi-Geek.com. Rich holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Communications from Assumption College, and a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College. He has worked as a Social Media Coordinator for Support Popular Vote, a group working to change the way electoral votes are allocated within the Electoral College. He has appeared on MSNBC, FOX News, Al-Jazeera and many other media outlets.

Shan Lancaster

I have worked in journalism all my life since leaving school at 16 and going to make tea and cover weddings,funerals, agricultural shows and inquests for the Somerset County Gazette in the early 1970s.  I freelanced after leaving local papers then joined the staff of the Sun as a news reporter in 1982.  I moved to the Daily Star as Royal Reporter under Brian Hitchen and went with him when he became editor of the Sunday Express to become news editor of the Sunday Express.  After being news editor of the Sunday Express I was news editor of the Daily Express.  I moved from there to be features editor of the Sunday Mirror in the 1990s,  followed by a spell as deputy news editor of the Sunday Telegraph at the turn of the century.  Between 2002 and 2010 I was  freelancing for magazines and newspapers generally and spending weekends as night news editor of the Mail on Sunday.  Now I concentrate on researching and writing about art history and architecture from my home in Brighton.

Tim Danton

Tim Danton is deputy MD and editorial director across Dennis Publishing’s Technology and Imaging division. He’s worked in publishing for 15 years, starting as a reviews writer on PC Pro, the UK’s number one IT monthly, before becoming editor five years later. He became editorial director across the division in 2007 and deputy MD in 2011. Tim is also an active member of the PPA, judging many of their awards in the past five years and serving as chair of the PPA’s committee for accrediting university journalism and publishing courses since January 2013.



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