IMPRESS launches Independent Publishers Taskforce

IMPRESS has announced that it is convening a taskforce of independent news publishers to “help strengthen public interest journalism in the UK”.

IMPRESS says that the taskforce will build on the work of the Cairncross Review, which recommended new subsidies and tax breaks for public interest journalism and digital innovation. The Review also recommended a “news quality obligation”, so that public interest journalism is ranked above misinformation and disinformation on social media platforms.

IMPRESS will work with the taskforce to answer questions such as:

  • how can the Cairncross recommendations be implemented whilst protecting the freedom of the press?
  • how can subsidies be directed towards publications that are committed to high standards of journalism?
  • what kinds of support do small and start-up news publications need in order to thrive in the digital era?

The project is being funded by the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust, which promotes democratic and political reform in the UK. It will result in the publication of detailed proposals later in the year.

IMPRESS is inviting its members to take part in the taskforce and welcomes interest from other publishers and stakeholders who would like to contribute to this initiative. To read IMPRESS’s announcement in full, click here.