Media regulators go head to head for first time

Issue date: 21 January 2015

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The Bristol School of Film and Journalism at UWE is hosting the first head to head debate between two rival media regulators this week.

On Thursday Matt Tee, Director of IPSO, and Jonathan Heawood, Director of IMPRESS, the two competing post-Leveson press regulators, will be at UWE's Bower Ashton campus.

The debate will be chaired by UWE senior journalism lecturer Mike Jempson who is also Director of the press watchdog MediaWise and one of the country's leading authorities on press regulation.

Mike Jempson said, “This is the first chance to hear the directors from these two powerful regulators debate these fundamental questions about the purpose and practice of the press.

“Journalists entering the profession today have a complex set of legal, ethical and regulatory standards to adhere to. We aim to equip our students with the skills necessary to navigate their way through.

“At the same time the public, 30 million of whom read a local newspaper and 12 million of whom read a national newspaper, want reassurance that the lessons from Leveson have been learned. This is an opportunity for them to hear about how their concerns are being addressed.”

The debate is part of Professional Practice Week – a series of events for students at Bower Ashton.

It takes place on Thursday 22 Jan from 12:00 -13:30 at UWE's Bower Ashton campus and members of the public are welcome to attend.

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