Vacancy | Code Committee Member

IMPRESS is the first independent press regulator to be officially recognised by the Press Recognition Panel as being fully compliant with the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry. It currently regulates 100+ publications.

IMPRESS is at the vanguard of a new and positive future for news publishers, ensuring that quality, independent journalism flourishes in a digital age.

About the IMPRESS Standards Code

The IMPRESS Standards Code aims to assist journalists by promoting and supporting their work. It also aims to protect the public from invasive journalistic practices and unethical news reporting. The Code is practical and responsive to emerging challenges in the digital era, including issues like verifying the authenticity of sources and information and using content from social media.

The Code was developed with and for the public. It was written by the IMPRESS Code Committee after a rigorous and transparent consultation process, making the first co-created Standards Code for the print and digital press in the UK.

About the role

The Code Committee is responsible for advising the IMPRESS Board on the Standards Code and its guidance. It also reviews the Code and guidance as necessary to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of publishers and the public.

The Code Committee is currently looking for one new member.

Time commitment and conditions

The Committee meets twice a year for a half day at IMPRESS offices in central London.

This is an unpaid role, though reasonable expenses can be claimed. Appointments are normally for a period of four years. The new Code Committee member is expected to commence in March 2019.


The Code Committee is made up of members with exceptional experience and understanding of some of the following areas:

  • Journalism (working journalists)
  • Media ethics
  • Media law
  • Equalities and human rights
  • The public interest
  • Digital media

Ideally, the new member will have experience as a practicing journalist or editor and will be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience in the practice areas listed above. Serving editors of publishers regulated by IMPRESS are encouraged to apply.

IMPRESS strives to be an inclusive organisation that celebrates diversity. We welcome applications from all members of the community with relevant skills and experience.

How to apply

If you would like to apply to this position, please send an email at with the subject “Code Committee member Application”. Please include your CV and a brief cover letter outlining why you think you’d be right for this position.

Application deadline

The closing date is 5pm on Monday 28th January, 2019.


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