Independent Press Standards Organisation publishes new guidance on reporting of major incidents

IPSO has released new guidance to help editors and journalists report on major incidents.

IPSO explains that, based on the Editors’ Code of Practice, the guidance covers three key areas: (i) the reporting of breaking news; (ii) the immediate aftermath of the incident; and (iii) anniversaries. It outlines key questions for journalists to consider and highlights useful case studies.

Key areas covered include:

  • striking the balance when approaching and talking to people involved in traumatic events;
  • deciding which photographs or footage of graphic scenes to include;
  • approaching people involved in the immediate aftermath;
  • engaging with the emergency services and hospitals; and
  • the importance of accuracy.

The guidance is accompanied by new information for the public on what to expect from the media when they are reporting on a major incident, including details of where to go for help and how IPSO can support them. To read IPSO’s announcement in full and for links to the guidance, click here.