Standards Officer Rosemary Douce explains what IPSO’s Journalists’ Panel is and how you can apply if you are a journalist.
What is the Journalists’ Advisory Panel?
IPSO’s Journalists’ Advisory Panel is made up of ten people who are current or retired journalists from a range of publications including national newspapers, regional papers and magazines. They provide their views, advice and observations to IPSO and can help inform our guidance for journalists and editors.
Who are we looking for?
Several of our current panelists have stepped down as their term came to an end and therefore, we are looking for some new members to continue the panel’s work.
We are looking for current or retired journalists with experience of writing for the UK media. This experience can be from a national or a regional publication; newspaper or magazine; tabloid or broadsheet. We are particularly looking for people with a background in magazines and online journalism, as these are currently underrepresented on our current panel; however, all journalists are welcome to apply as people with a diverse range of experiences will help shape our often lively discussions.
What does the panel do?
Since the panel’s inception in 2017, members have discussed a wide variety of subjects relating to IPSO and editorial standards.
Highlights have included providing feedback on early drafts of six pieces of guidance for editors and journalists, particularly relating to the reporting of suicide, inquests and deaths, and major incidents. At a recent meeting, panelists revealed that these really make a difference and are a valuable resource for journalists.
In 2019 the panel had the opportunity to meet survivors of domestic abuse as part of an interaction organised by On Road Media. Several panelists said that this was a useful experience which informed their journalism.
Other recent discussions have focused on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on journalism, diversity in newsrooms and pressures on editorial standards.
Meetings are held up to four times a year, approximately every three months. Members will be paid £200 per meeting which typically lasts 2.5 hours. Meetings are currently being held via Zoom but will take place in IPSO’s London office, when circumstances allow. Travel expenses will be paid – we encourage applicants from all over the UK.
How do you apply?
To apply, please send your CV (max 2 sides A4) and a short covering letter (max 1 side of A4) explaining why you are interested in joining the Panel, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 21 April 2021.
If you have any questions, please contact Rosemary Douce on Rosemary.Douce@ipso.co.uk