IMPRESS expands Committee to support comprehensive review of its Standards Code for journalists

IMPRESS has announced new appointments to its Code Committee. This announcement takes place as the officially approved regulator undergoes a comprehensive review of its standards code on issues like discrimination, harassment and accuracy – to ensure standards continue to strike the right balance between protecting the freedom to publish and protecting the public in a changing digital media landscape.

Andrea Wills, Chair of the Code Committee, said: “IMPRESS is committed to setting out clear editorial and ethical values in its standards code, both to protect the public and earn its trust and to support publishers to produce high quality journalism and content. We welcome our new members and look forward to their contributions to our work.”

The IMPRESS Code Review was launched in November 2020 and our open call for evidence closed in February 2021. Now the review will include further research, workshops and consultation with members of the public, publishers and other organisations. The Committee will consult on and issue a new version of the Code in 2022.

The newly appointed members, who will join us in April and July 2021, are:

  • Paul Hutchinson: journalist with a media career spanning more than 20 years. Co-founder and current Editorial Consultant at the Bedford Independent (to join in April 2021). 
  • Dr Craig Gent: Head of Operations at Novara Media. Holds a PhD from the University of Warwick, for which he studied the workplace politics of algorithmic media (to join in April 2021).
  • Susan McKay: writer and journalist with 30 years of experience. Her recent work has appeared in the New Yorker, the London Review of Books and other publications. Former Northern Ireland Editor of the Sunday Tribune and a columnist with the Irish News (to join in July 2021).
  • Dr Peter Coe: Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading, where he specialises in Media Law. Prior this role, he was a practising barrister specialising in privacy, defamation and reputation management (to join in July 2021).

More information about the IMPRESS Code Committee is available on our website.



IMPRESS regulates 170+ publications in the UK, reaching over 15 million readers in the UK each month. We provide publishers and journalists with the protection and support they need to do their job. We offer complaints adjudication, free arbitration, a comprehensive insurance scheme and a progressive Standards Code. We work in partnership with the public, publishers and key stakeholders to raise the standards of journalism.


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