Foreign Secretary Jack Straw will be the guest speaker at the Newspaper Conference annual lunch on 1 April, addressing editors and chief executives of regional newspapers on issues relating to the regional press industry.
Brendan Carlin, chairman of the Newspaper Conference and political editor of the Yorkshire Post, said: “International issues are at the forefront of the news agenda and many regional newspapers are preparing to send correspondents and photographers to the Gulf in case of conflict.
“Regional newspapers are often an important support structure for the families and friends of troops who have been sent overseas, providing information about specific, local units, as well as the broader national perspective.
“By attending the lunch, Jack Straw is recognising the value of working with the regional media and we are very pleased to welcome him.”
The Newspaper Conference is made up of political and London editors and correspondents of regional papers in membership of the Newspaper Society.