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Trust in Journalism Conference 2020



23 NOVEMBER. 2:00-5:00 PM (GMT)

With IMPRESS about to embark on the first major review of its Standards Code and guidance, this day will explore some of the contemporary challenges to existing standards and norms of journalism and news gathering activities that need to be considered when striking a balance between freedom of expression and protecting the rights of citizens. 


We set the context of the day by reviewing some key challenges facing journalism as we near the end of an unprecedented year. 

Day 1 Programme



*All timings in GMT


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Ed Procter



Reporting race: Time to reassess editorial standards on discrimination?

Reflecting on a year that put the discrimination faced by black people at the centre of our news coverage, and concerns about anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic reporting in the media and hate speech more widely, this session highlights some of the main challenges involved in reporting responsibly on race and ethnicity. What does ‘good’ looks like and what difference does it make? What does ‘bad’ look like and what impact does it have? How can editorial standards be improved to keep up with the times we live in?

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Chair: Shelina Janmohamed 

Author & IMPRESS Board Member

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Cierra Hinton

Executive Director-Publisher, Scalawag & Co-Director, Press On

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Marc Wadsworth

Journalist & National Union of Journalists' Black Members Council

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Rizwana Hamid

Director, Centre for Media Monitoring


Journalism and mental health

In a year when personal freedoms have been restricted in order to control the Covid-19 pandemic and publishers have come under even greater pressure than ever, this session features two leading journalists in conversation on the seldom discussed relationship between journalism and mental health. We explore the pressures on present day journalists through the lens of their personal experience, what causes those pressures, the coping strategies they have adopted and how greater awareness about mental health can change the way we think about and do journalism. 

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Alastair Campbell

Author, Strategist & Mental Health Campaigner

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Hannah Storm 

CEO, Ethical Journalism Network & Mental Health Campaigner


Feeling harassed? Managing, avoiding and preventing threats and abuse in journalism

Harassment is a growing problem in the modern world of digital journalism. This session explores the issue from both sides of the page, and its impact on mental health. What is the impact of harassment on journalists and how can news gathering activities lead to harassment of people in the news? What are the pressures on journalists of reporting on controversial and sensitive issues? How can journalists avoid becoming the target of threats and abuse? What obligations do journalists have for the welfare of the people they report on? Do journalists need to take greater account of the impact of online harassment when reporting on the lives of vulnerable people?

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Chair: Dr Holly Powell-Jones

Founder, Online Media Law UK

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Mark Lewis

Partner, Patron Law

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Gavin Rees

Director, Dart Center Europe

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Paul Giannasi

National Police Hate Crime Advisor

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Anna Lekas Miller

Journalist & Contributor, 
Media Diversity Institute

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