IMPRESS is the independent press regulator set up following the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. It works on behalf of the public to raise the standards of print and digital news reporting and content in the UK. IMPRESS aims to build trust in journalism to the benefit of us all. We provide journalists and publishers with the protection and the support they need to do their job, hold the powerful to account, and speak with confidence and security. We provide the public with the reassurance that they can rely on the news sources that inform them, entertain them and represent their interests.
You’ll be joining us at a pivotal point in our development as the press regulator that’s wholly independent of the industry it regulates. Journalism is evolving at a phenomenal rate, in good ways and in bad. It gets easier and easier for citizens to choose – and for anyone to disseminate – news about whatever in the world most interests them. But it also gets easier for bad actors to falsify events, distort reality, and invent “news” to foment conflict purely for commercial or political gain.
As the sources of news proliferate, and the ready means to both create and access it on online becomes universal, we at IMPRESS intend to accelerate our growing membership. The Impress logo will be a sign of news generators, large and small, who have embraced our code of ethical and editorial integrity. We will develop new ways of helping the public navigate the media terrain and we will offer new services that support those publishers who join us.
While growing our membership we will diversify our sources of income to keep our fees low while reducing our reliance on donors. This is the work that our next CEO will take forward, leading a team that is expert in regulation and expanding its capacity for income generation.
The IMPRESS team is supported by an exceptionally diverse Board offering expertise and advice on regulation, on journalism, on law, on business, on marketing and on financial management. But IMPRESS will be YOUR organisation to lead, to inspire, to shape and to grow. If you believe in media freedom, if you cherish tough but truthful journalism, and if you want to be on the side of news consumers and news they can trust…so do we!
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