News publishing in the digital age: What role for regulation?

The Board of IMPRESS is pleased to invite you to a speech by Walter Merricks CBE followed by a discussion on ‘News publishing in the digital age: What role for regulation?’ The speech will be held at City, University of London, from 6.30 – 8.00pm on Monday 19 February. All guests are invited to stay for a drinks reception.

The event is free but booking is essential. Please click here to reserve your place:

The digital revolution has disrupted almost everything about the news media. But it has not changed the underlying ethics of journalism. As a society, we still need a plural and diverse media that can share accurate information, represent our concerns and hold the powerful to account. However, old media faces an existential threat from social media, and new and unscrupulous players are entering the news market, producing false information that masquerades as journalism – so-called ‘fake news’.

How can public policy address the complex, fast moving and controversial issues raised by the digital news agenda?

Sixteen months after IMPRESS was publicly recognised as the UK’s first independent and effective press regulator, its Chair, Walter Merricks CBE, reflects on IMPRESS’s achievements, its experience in regulating online publishers, the state of media regulation and the role that IMPRESS can play in the digital age.

The event will be chaired by David Leigh, Anthony Sampson professor of reporting at City, University of London and IMPRESS Board member. 

•    City, University of London:
•    6.30 – 8.00pm, Monday 19 February
•    All guests are invited to stay for a drinks reception.

Click here now to reserve your place:

David Leigh joined the IMPRESS Board in November 2017. He is Anthony Sampson professor of reporting at City, University of London. Until he retired from the paper in 2013, he was investigations editor at The Guardian for 13 years. In a journalism career spanning over 40 years he also worked for The Observer, The Times, The Scotsman, Granada TV, Thames TV and the Washington Post. He has won numerous journalism awards including Investigation of the Year 2015 (British Journalism Awards), Lifetime Achievement Award 2013, Global Investigative Journalism Network, and awards at the British Press Awards in 1979,1996 and 1997. He is the author of numerous books building on his investigative reports.

Walter Merricks CBE is the Chair of IMPRESS. He was the first Chief Ombudsman of the Financial Ombudsman Service, with responsibility for an organisation of 1,500 staff and a £90m budget. He is a member of the Gambling Commission and has been involved in dispute resolution and regulation in the fields of legal services, healthcare, insurance, energy and intellectual property, among others. He has also worked as a legal journalist and academic.