IPSO has announced two new members, The Southwark News and Rochdale Online. They join over 1500 print and 1100 online titles already regulated by IPSO.
IPSO regulates 95% of national newspapers by circulation, almost all local newspapers, most of the main magazines and a number of digital-only publications.
Members of IPSO agree to observe the Editors’ Code of Practice; to abide by IPSO’s rulings on complaints; and to submit annual statements reporting their approach to ensuring editorial standards.
Group Editor of the Southwark News Anthony Phillips said:
“The Southwark News values clear, balanced and accurate journalism. We have joined IPSO to demonstrate that we take our responsibility as a newspaper seriously, and aim to maintain high standards across our publications.”
Rochdale Online Managing Director Pauline Journeaux said:
"Established in June 1998, Rochdale Online is probably the oldest and most successful non-newspaper local news and information website in the country. We have built a huge and very loyal local audience, who trust us, and the logical step to build on that trust and help ensure we maintain high standards of journalism was to join the majority of the national, regional and local media which have signed up to the Independent Press Standards Organisation."
Sir Alan Moses, Chairman of IPSO said:
“IPSO welcomes The Southwark News and Rochdale Online. It’s tremendous to have such vibrant local publishers on board and it clearly demonstrates that IPSO membership is a mark of quality and responsible journalism. As the debate over fake news intensifies, the public need and deserve the assurance of regulation and I’m delighted that more publications are seeing this and joining IPSO.”