Mirrors or Movers V
31 May 2017 12:30 - 17:00

Now in its fifth year, Mirrors or Movers is the world's premier conference dedicated to responsible business for the media sector.

Everyone’s talking about fake news, but there’s more to it. What are the implications for the wider sector? As trust is tested, what disruption can we expect across media formats?

Building on the inaugural Mirrors or Movers report and our latest report on The Future of Responsible Media, we bring together leading experts and practitioners to debate how media influences society and what responsibility media companies should take for the social impacts of their content. Attended by opinion formers and media professionals from 35 major media companies, this year's conference will explore the implications of ‘post-fact’ for the media sector.


Session 1

Speakers announced so far

Watch this space for more details on our expert speakers.

Ben Page
Ben Page
Chief Executive, Ipsos MORI

A frequent writer and speaker on trends, leadership and performance management, Ben has directed hundreds of surveys examining consumer trends and citizen behaviour. From 1987-1992 Ben worked in Ipsos Mori’s private sector business on corporate reputation and consumer research, working for companies like Shell, BAE Systems, Sky TV and IBM. Since 1992 he has worked closely with both Conservative and Labour ministers and senior policy makers across government, leading on work for Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, the Home Office and the Department of Health, as well as a wide range of local authorities and NHS Trusts. Ben is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and serves on advisory groups at the Kings Fund, Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) and the Social Market Foundation (SMF), and is a Trustee at the Centre for London. He is also a commissioner on the Resolution Foundation's Intergenerational Commission.

Christopher Snowdon
Christopher Snowdon
Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs

Chris' research focuses on lifestyle freedoms, prohibition and policy-based evidence. He regularly appears on TV and radio discussing social and economic issues, is the editor of the Nanny State Index and author of four books: ’Selfishness, Greed and Capitalism’ (2015), ‘The Art of Suppression’ (2011), ‘The Spirit Level Delusion’ (2010) and ‘Velvet Glove, Iron Fist’ (2009). He has also written more than a dozen reports for the Institute of Economic Affairs including ‘Drinking, Fast and Slow’, ‘The Proof of the Pudding: Denmark’s Fat Tax Fiasco’, ‘Cheap as Chips’, ‘Sock Puppets’ and ‘Closing Time: Who’s killing the British pub?’. He's also quite witty on twitter.

Onora O'Neill
Onora O'Neill
Academic and moral philosopher

Baroness Onora O'Neill of Bengarve is amongst the most distinguished and influential scholars and philosophers of her generation. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is well known for her work on human rights, trust and communication ethics, having published no less than 14 books. Her Reith Lecture for the BBC in 2002 argued that we should think more sceptically about rules and regulations that try to enforce accountability and transparency. She is a Professor of philosophy at the University of Cambridge, but also plays an active role in public life; as a member of the House of Lords since 1999, and previously as Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and President of the British Academy.

Will Moy
Will Moy
Director, Full Fact

Will has been the Director of Full Fact, the UK’s independent factchecking charity, since 2010, through three referendums, the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, the European Parliamentary and 2015 general elections. He appears regularly on TV, radio, and at events to discuss Full Fact's work and factchecks, as well as giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry and select committee inquiries. Before Full Fact, Will worked for the non-party affiliated peer Lord Low of Dalston and the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety.

Session 2

Simplify... and exaggerate: Editors' panel session

A panel of media professionals with experience drawn across diverse formats will discuss curation, cutting and angles in the context of the post-factual debate. They will tackle questions including: where is the line between great editing that produces engaging content, and editing that leaves reality too far behind? And, what does the current pressure on notions of trust, truth and integrity mean for media formats beyond news?

Diane Kenwood
Diane Kenwood
Editor, Woman's Weekly

Diane Kenwood is editor of the most successful and highest selling weekly magazine in the mature mainstream women’s market. Diane began her career in television and radio, moving from production to presenting – she has fronted programmes on BBCs 1 and 2, Sky News and Channel 4, and hosted her own two hour daily radio programme. She started working in magazines at the BBC and was offered her first job as features editor on Having a Baby. A stint on Good Housekeeping preceded her first editor’s role on the Marks & Spencer magazine. After five years as editor, Diane launched a new magazine aimed at the 50+ market, and edited Heyday until it moved to a rival publisher. Following a brief tenure at the Guardian working on the development of a b2b magazine, Diane was invited to edit Time Inc.'s flagship mature mainstream weekly title.


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