IPSO Blog: Online content and the Editors’ Code

Communications & Public Affairs Officer Hanno Fenech explains how the rules of the Editors’ Code apply to the online news content.

Digital news consumption has soared to record highs. More than 25 million people are now accessing digital news brands every day in the UK, according to the latest data released by PAMCo. 

Given this recent surge in consumption, what assurances can newsreaders find that the news they read online is of high quality? And, if something is wrong, where can they go to seek redress? 

IPSO is the largest independent press regulator in the UK and regulates the majority of newspapers and magazines in print and online. IPSO member publishers must follow the rules set out in the Editors’ Code of Practice, which requires high standards of accuracy, protects individual rights such as privacy, and upholds the inherit public interest in freedom of expression. 

IPSO’s regulatory remit extends to all editorial content published by its members, regardless of whether it is online or in print. “Editorial content” means the news, comment and reportage for which an editor is responsible (as opposed to advertisements or commercial content). It could even include things like audio, video and live blogs. In some cases even user-generated comments fall under IPSO’s remit (more on that here). 

Not sure if your digital news provider is IPSO-regulated? Check for the IPSO Mark! 

Usually found at the bottom of the news page or in the complaints section, the IPSO Mark demonstrates accountability and commitment to the highest professional standards of edited, regulated news content. 

By distinguishing regulated news, the IPSO Mark helps online newsreaders identify content that is quality, curated and accountable to independent regulation. 

Originally published 26 June 2020.