IMPRESS launches its first student partnership with The Glasgow Sloth

We are pleased to announce our first student partnership with The Glasgow Sloth, a ‘slow journalism’ online publication launched in February 2019 by students at the University of Strathclyde. The aim for our student partnership programme is to support high-quality journalism in student publications by providing training in standards and regulatory development support. 

Formally launching the partnership, IMPRESS visited the University of Strathclyde on the 27th March to deliver training on Press Regulation and the IMPRESS Standards Code. There were more than twenty students in attendance, who discussed the necessity of regulation, what ‘Public Interest’ means, as well as other aspects of the IMPRESS Standards Code.

The group also examined media regulation in the UK, how IMPRESS was born out of the Leveson Enquiry, and what it means to be regulated by the only officially-approved regulator IMPRESS. It was clear to IMPRESS that the Strathclyde students had a sound understanding of not only what it means to be ethical journalists, but also the importance of regulation, and how a high level of standards is at the foundation of producing high-quality journalism.

Discussion moved on to the IMPRESS Standards Code and the public interest justifications that sit within four of the Code Clauses: Children, Harassment, Privacy and Sources. Several different scenarios and exercises were put to the students who then had to navigate the requirements of the Code, such as what we mean by 'Accuracy', the question of what constitutes reasonable steps to ensure accuracy, and the definition of 'Hate Speech'.

There are so many platforms for ‘fast’ news - but we wanted to create a platform where we can all write about our interests in a different way; focusing on more in-depth stories, having fun, and building a portfolio for our future careers as journalists. I think that being in a partnership with IMPRESS elevates The Glasgow Sloth from being just any old student publication; we now have access to a professional Standards Code and advice.  I really enjoyed the training, which was very educational, interactive, and a great addition to my LinkedIn profile! I’m not sure how many journalism students leave university having received direct training from a press regulator.
- Dora Pongracz, Editor-In-Chief at The Glasgow Sloth.

If you are a member of a student publication and would like to learn more about the IMPRESS Student Partnership programme, please contact