TRAINING April 2019 | Press for Change: The media role in tackling sexual exploitation

The media plays a significant role in the way we understand and respond to sexual violence and exploitation. Although people are not passive recipients moulded by media influences without any capacity for critical reflection, the media does not only reflect our dominant assumptions about what is ‘normal’, ‘natural’ and ‘inevitable’ – it helps to create and reinforce them. It can also, under the right circumstances, play a role in challenging them. 


Everyone working in the media who might at some stage report on issues regarding the sex trade. Copy editors and sub-editors, as well as photographers, are welcome. The course is free, and will include handouts and other resources, as well as access to a website containing informative materials.


The course will be an interactive 3-hour session. It will focus on effective and accurate reporting on prostitution and trafficking. It will also feature videos filmed by Bindel over a period of two years whilst researching her book, The Pimping of Prostitution: Abolishing the Sex Work Myth (2017), which feature talks by sex trade survivors,

This training will include a critical examination of language and terminology used to describe issues relating to the sex trade, with a view to bringing about long-term and sustainable change by improving the quality and accuracy of reporting this issue.


Julie Bindel (@bindelj): Investigative journalist, trainer, and campaigner against sexual violence, abuse and exploitation. Read her latest pieces on the Guardian.

Fional Boradfoot (@BuildaGirlProj): Founder of Build a Girl. With over 22 years of experience as a trainer on this issues, she has worked with the police, social care, child protective services, among many others. She is a public speaker and sex trade survivor.


This training will be available on two different dates. Note that the content of both dates will be the same.

Option 1: Wednesday 10 April 2019, from 3 to 6pm

Option 2: Tuesday 16 April 2019, from 5.30 to 8.30pm

On both dates, the training will take place at the IMPRESS office: 16-18 New Bridge Street, EC4V 6AG.



Registration is free, but spaces are limited. If you are interested, you can register via Eventbrite. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Refreshments and materials provided.


IMPRESS and Build a Girl.



The content of this and other trainings does not constitute formal IMPRESS standards guidance; the delivery of training does not amount to or imply changes to the IMPRESS Standards Code or Guidance in any way, unless otherwise stated. IMPRESS works with different interest groups and stakeholders to create platforms for critical thinking of media issues and journalistic practices.

The IMPRESS Board, under the advice from the Code Committee, is responsible for changes to the Standards Code. Members of the public and other organisations are welcome to suggest changes to it through our ongoing Code Review process.