IMPRESS Publishes 2018-19 Annual Report

Today IMPRESS publishes its third Annual Report which reports a further 26% increase in publications that have chosen to join IMPRESS’s approved scheme of self-regulation for the press.

The ConversationBedford Independent and Plant Based News are among 38 new titles to have come under the regulatory remit of IMPRESS in the past year. They join a steadily growing membership of over 130 newspapers and news sites that also include award-winning titles BellingcatNew Internationalist and The Lincolnite, reaching over 11 million readers each month.

In 2018-19, IMPRESS dealt with 39 complaints and published one arbitration award, seven adjudications and issued three advisory notices concerning unwarranted press intrusion.

The Annual Report goes on to showcase the work that IMPRESS has done to strengthen and support high ethical standards of journalism in the independent news sector through the launch of an annual Trust in Journalism Conference and an independent publishers taskforce to respond to the Cairncross Review’s recommendations on the sustainability of high-quality public interest news.

Jonathan Heawood, CEO of IMPRESS: ‘At IMPRESS, we will continue to ensure that journalism meets high ethical standards, and we will do what we can to help build a diverse news ecosystem that informs and represents as wide a range of audiences as possible.’

Walter Merricks CBE, Chair of IMPRESS: ‘IMPRESS has come a long way in a short time despite an initially hostile reception. We look forward to continuing to work with our member publishers, stakeholders and the wider public in our mission to raise standards of journalism and to rebuild public trust in the press.’

The IMPRESS Annual Report 2018-19 is available to read here. 


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