The Scottish Parliament building

Mat Wright

A unique venue in the heart of Edinburgh

Our venue for 2018 is the Scottish Parliament building, located at the foot of the famous Royal Mile in Scotland's capital city.

Edinburgh is a striking, cosmopolitan city with a history dating back over a thousand years, but the Parliament building is an icon of modern architecture. The building opened in 2004 and sits within the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Holyrood Park. It has a dedicated media tower and broadcasts live coverage of debates and committee meetings on 'Parliament TV'.

The Scottish Parliament is a key partner of the 2018 programme and has granted us exclusive access to areas of the building not normally open to the public.


Future News Worldwide 2018 is a 2-day event taking place on 5 and 6 July 2018. A Welcome Reception will be held on 4 July.

Proposed itinerary (subject to change):

2 - 4 July – Delegates arrive in Edinburgh

4 July - Welcome Reception
5 July – Conference Day 1
6 July – Conference Day 2
7 July – Tourism day (optional), or departure from Edinburgh
8 July – Remaining delegates depart Edinburgh


Conference speakers come from a diverse range of backgrounds and media organisations. Previous speakers have included:

  • Mary Hockaday, Controller, BBC World Service English
  • Alexandra Galloni, Global News Editor, Reuters
  • Charles Lewis, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
  • Christina Lamb, Chief Foreign Correspondent, The Sunday Times
  • Deborah Rayner, Senior Vice President of International Newsgathering, TV and Digital, CNN
  • Donald Martin, Editor-In-Chief, Newsquest Scotland
  • Matt Cooke, Google News Lab

Conference format

The conference will offer a mixture of talks, interactive training sessions and workshops, as well as networking time with other delegates and established journalists. 

Where possible, speaker sessions will be streamed on Facebook Live so you can watch remotely.

Check out the 2017 Highlights page for a taster of what to expect.

Dietary, cultural and accessibilty requirements

The Scottish Parliament building is well equipped to cater for visitors with access needs, including full wheelchair accessibility and hearing loop system. Dietary requirements such as Vegetarian and Halal can be easily accommodated by the catering team.

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