Guidance for journalists and editors

Pre-publication advice

IPSO welcomes approaches from editors and journalists for non-binding advice relating to the Editors’ Code or the public interest, if they have any concerns about articles prior to publication. Our Complaints Officers can be contacted to discuss Code issues during office hours via 0300 123 2220. Out of hours, where necessary, a Complaints Officer on duty can be contacted via 07799 903 929.

Resources and guidance

The Editors’ Code of Practice sets the framework for the highest professional standards for journalists. IPSO recognises that there are some situations where it is helpful for IPSO to produce guidance which explores in more detail how the Editors’ Code applies to particular themes or issues. The guidance does not replace or supersede the Editors’ Code, but is designed to support editors and journalists. The guidance also does not limit or restrict editorial decision making, but may inform that decision making.

This guidance is aimed at editors and journalists. However, it may also be helpful to members of the public who are interested in the particular topic.

Guidance on researching and reporting stories involving transgender individuals

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Guidance on publishing information from social media

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