IMPRESS welcomes two new members to the Code Committee

IMPRESS has appointed two new members to its Code Committee: a group of experts who are responsible for advising the Board on the IMPRESS Standards Code and its guidance. The team also reviews the Code and guidance as necessary to ensure that it continues to meet the needs of publishers and the public. The committee also considers submissions made by members of the public throughout the year.

New Code Committee members

Vanessa Baird is the co-editor of the IMPRESS-regulated New Internationalist. With a journalistic career spanning four decades, including in local newspapers and radio in the UK and working in Peru during the tumultuous 1980s, Vanessa will offer excellent first-hand insight into the challenges that journalists face.

I see IMPRESS as a key player in the effort to build trust in news media – so badly battered in recent times – and maintain that vital balance between freedom of speech and social responsibility. So, I’m happy and honoured to join the IMPRESS Code Committee and be part of this collective endeavour to aid and encourage the practice of good journalism that is both publicly accountable and fearless in exposing truth in the public interest. 
—Vanessa Baird

Matt Walsh, head of the department of journalism, media and performance studies at the University of Northampton, has also enjoyed a decorated career, working as a journalist for twenty years in broadcast and digital media. In 1999, Matt joined ITN from the BBC as a reporter and rose to become deputy editor of the ITV News Channel. He covered stories such as the 9/11 attacks, the Iraq war and the 7/7 suicide bombings, as well as producing ITV’s coverage of the 2004 American presidential election.

I am delighted to have been appointed to the IMPRESS Code Committee. With the growth of fake news, and the increasing threats of online misinformation and disinformation, it has never been more important that the press adheres to high standards and produces incisive and trusted reporting.
—Matt Walsh

The IMPRESS Code Review

At IMPRESS we want to honour our commitment to collaborating with the British public by providing further opportunities for the public to develop the Code. We seek to continuously improve our Standards Code, according to the challenges of a changing digital environment and the new realities that journalism faces today. If you would like to make a submission or learn more about this, please visit the IMPRESS Code Review page.