When: Monday June 27

Where: News UK, 17th Floor , 1 London Bridge St, London SE1 9GF

Time: 6.30 drinks. 7pm panel starts. Ends 8.15. Drinks until 9pm

Kindly supported by The Sun

Member £10 ( plus EB) ( Live & hybrid)

Student members £5 ( plus EB)

Non members £25 ( plus EB) 

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Victoria Newton was appointed Editor in Chief of The Sun in February 2020. An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in the industry, she is responsible for managing the team creating the biggest and most popular newsbrand in the UK.  Victoria will be interviewed by Kate Mansey, WiJ Deputy Chair & Assistant Editor, The Mail on Sunday.

Graduating from University of Cambridge with a degree in Politics, Victoria started her career as a graduate trainee on The Daily Express before joining The Sun in 1998, and has since held a variety of roles. In 1999, she was LA correspondent and, in 2003, became editor of the Bizarre column. Victoria held this position for four years, before being appointed head of features in 2007, and after an 18 month spell at the News of The World as deputy editor, between 2009 and 2011, she re-joined The Sun as Saturday editor, before becoming editor of The Sun on Sunday.

The Sun 

The Sun is at the heart of the nation’s conversation, the UK’s number one newsbrand reaching 38 million people a month across digital and print, blending serious investigations, agenda-setting campaigns, big opinions, political scoops and showbiz exclusives.

In the last 18 months Victoria has led a newsroom transformation designed to create a digital-first operation in The Sun.

Starting her role weeks before a global pandemic, Victoria created Jabs Army, a campaign in partnership with the NHS and RVS which aimed to sign up 50,000 volunteers to support the NHS in the rollout of the Covid vaccine. Jabs Army has since then grown to 60,000 and has been praised by the NHS and the prime minister as a campaign that has made a significant impact. The Sun has also been applauded by experts in their tackling mistruths and the spread of misinformation around the vaccines.

The Sun has supported the Black Lives Matter protests and Black History Month through powerful front pages and interviews with british black icons such as Anthony Joshua, Lewis Hamilton and Trevor McDonald, as well as the creation of The Sun’s own Time For Change panel, and coming off social media for a boycott which aimed to highlight racism online. A partnership with Women’s Aid to create a sequence of powerful and hugely successful campaigns has helped shape the Domestic Abuse Bill and highlight the injustices the UK still face.

Alongside this, The Sun has committed to driving diversity and inclusion in the newsroom, to ensure better representation of more diverse voices. The paper has adopted a long term vision for 50:50:20 representation for women:men:ethnic minorities. Under Victoria’s editorship the pay gap has been reduced with more women appointed into senior management roles, including Gill Smith as the new Editor of The Scottish Sun.

The Sun delivered the biggest scoop of the year revealing Matt Hancock’s affair with his aide and the breaking of his own social distancing rules. A real public interest story showing The Sun’s strength in holding those in power to account and creating a national conversation.

In response to Sun readers growing concerns around the environment and climate change, The Sun launched Green Team, a campaign that would inform readers how to make simple, everyday changes from recycling plastic bottles to insulating homes. Partnering with ReWorked and Morrisons, The Sun also created almost 500 recycling centres for single-use COVID masks.

More than a newspaper, The Sun is an instigator, an entertainer, a cultural reference point. It’s brave, bold and unafraid to take on the establishment and stand up for a free press as an instrument of democracy.