Impress News Literacy Report launch: Meet our panellists!

Next Wednesday, the 30th of November, we will be launching the Impress News Literacy Report, revealing the public's experiences and perceptions of today's news landscape. 

Our new News Literacy Report draws insights from extensive public engagement research carried out in collaboration with the Universities of Leeds and Derby, highlighting the public’s interactions with the news, their experiences of different news mediums, trust levels, how they currently feel about their own media literacy, and the role that regulation can play in improving journalism standards and public confidence in the news. 

To celebrate the launch of this exciting report, we will be hosting an online event featuring a presentation of key report findings from expert researchers John Steel and Julie Firmstone, followed by a panel discussion with Impress regulated publishers and news literacy experts, looking at how newsrooms, journalism practitioners, support organisations and funders can work to build public confidence and trust in today's journalism.

Join us for the online report launch! 


Meet our panellists! 


Julie Firmstone is an Associate Professor of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds and Co-convenor of the School’s Journalism Research Group. Her research explores a range of issues in the intersection between journalism, the news media, politics, and democratic engagement. She is particularly interested in understanding the consequences of current changes in the conditions of journalism for the democratic qualities of news. Her publications explore the role of news and journalism in local democracy; journalism standards, press ethics and regulation; editorial journalism at newspapers; political communication about the European Union; and the factors that shape the production of news.

John Steel was appointed Research Professor in Journalism at the University of Derby in September 2020. Before that, he was a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Political Communication at the University of Sheffield. His research centres around the intersection of politics, media and democratic engagement, with a particular current focus on journalism ethics. He is particularly interested in exploring historical and contemporary debates concerning democratic rights and their praxis, specifically those contestations around media freedom, free speech and censorship.

Jem Collins is the founder and director of Journo Resources, a social enterprise that’s building a more transparent journalism industry that reflects the world it reports on. They provide innovative free tools to journalists at all stages of their careers, reaching tens of thousands of people every week. Jem is also a freelance journalist with bylines in the i Paper,, and PinkNews. She is a trustee for the Student Publication Association and a committee member of Women In Journalism.


Tchiyiwe Chihana is the Independent Media Association Chair and a Director at Opus Independents - a think and do tank focused on developing upstream solutions to systemic problems. Opus Independents produces the online publication, Now Then magazine. She is a recurring television and radio host at African Voices Platform and Sheffield Live where she specialises in political, economic, and environmental accountability interviews. Tchiyiwe is on the boards of World Basic Income, World Bicycle Relief and serves on the Steering Group of Foundation Earth. Her academic background is in International Relations, Global Security and Development.

Fay Lant recently joined the Making Sense of Media team at Ofcom, where she is delivering media literacy interventions. Previously she has been a secondary school English teacher, delivered education programmes for the British Council and was most recently Head of School Programmes at the National Literacy Trust. She was a founding member of the primary school news literacy programme NewsWise convened and chaired the News Literacy Network.