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Regional journalists appointed to IPSO advisory panel

Aasma DayThree regional journalists are among those who have been appointed to a new panel advising on the press watchdog’s work.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has announced the make-up of its journalists’ advisory panel which it hopes, among other things, provide advice and observations on wider industry issues.

Among the panellists are Aasma Day, of the Lancashire Post, Chris Burn, of the Yorkshire Post and Jennifer McKiernan, of the Aberdeen Evening Express.

Aasma, pictured above left, and Chris were involved last year in the launch of the Johnston Press central investigations team, while Jennifer is a political reporter based at the Scottish Parliament.

They are joined by Dan Townsend, of the Daily Express, David Butcher, of Radio Times, Michelle Hather, of Good Housekeeping and the Daily Telegraph’s Lydia Willgress.

The panel will discuss the issues facing journalists arising from IPSO’s work or related to the Editors’ Code, provide advice and observations on wider industry issues and provide views to any external review or audit.

It is also hoped it will act as a focal point for journalists to feedback on their experiences of IPSO and provide comment on any issues on which IPSO is consulting or developing guidance.

Charlotte Urwin, IPSO’s Head of Standards, said: “I am delighted that we have managed to recruit a panel of such calibre, drawn from across our membership.

“Their input will be invaluable in supporting IPSO’s important work around press standards.”