Future Forum goes up a notch in 2015

Future Forum goes up a notch in 2015The CEO Panel at this year's Future Forum - from left, News Corp Australia's Julian Clarke, Fairfax Media's Greg Hywood, West Australian Newspapers' Chris Wharton, and APN News & Media's Michael Miller. Photo: Lucas Jarvis

The Newspaper Works has confirmed September 10 and 11 as the dates for the 2015 Future Forum, which will be held at The Hilton, Sydney.

The Future Forum features three workshops, a full day plenary and separate gala events for the industry’s Advertising and Marketing Awards and Newspaper of the Year Awards gala evenings, which will be held over the two nights.

More than 600 delegates attended this year’s conference, which brings together newspaper executives from across the Asia-Pacific to explore some of the best and brightest ideas in the industry.

The Newspaper Works CEO Mark Hollands said research among this year’s delegates was overwhelmingly positive and showed strong support for expansion of the event.

“More than 90 per cent of 2014 attendees rated the Future Forum Plenary as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ and the Newspaper of the Year dinner was even more popular,” Mr Hollands said.

“We are taking the event up another notch next year.

“The Hilton is a top-class venue – one of the very best that Sydney has to offer. The stylish Zeta Bar will host the Advertising & Marketing Awards on the Thursday evening while the Newspaper of the Year Awards will take place in the Hilton’s Grand Ballroom on the Friday night, featuring spectacular entertainment to make it a memorable night for everyone.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for partners to attend, enjoy the entertainment and maybe stay over in the heart of Sydney for the weekend.”

Sydney remains the most popular city for the event to be held, according to the 2014 delegate research.

Speakers in 2014 included Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, chief executives of the major Australian newspaper publishers, and senior executives from The New York Times, Axel Springer and Singapore Press Holdings. Check out video from this year’s event here.

In 2015, the Future Forum’s one-day workshops and plenary will remain free to attend.

Paper manufacturer Norkse Skog has confirmed it will continue to sponsor the event as a Platinum Supporter.

“Norske Skog is an outstanding supporter of the work of The Newspaper Works and the industry as a whole,” Mr Hollands said.

“They were delighted with the results this year, and it is great to have them back on board again for 2015.”

The Newspaper Works is supporting two other events this October – a workshop series with Copy School and the Essential Digital Project Management Workshop. Find out more here.

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