They answered questions on topics ranging from invasion of privacy to Section 40 and coverage of mental health issues.
Rob told the audience at Manchester’s Mechanics’ Institute: “Newspapers regulating themselves is the best way. We work very hard at the MEN to get things right and to inform and entertain.
“But sometimes we do get it wrong and we take that very seriously in finding out why it has happened, taking steps such as looking at the training of staff.”
Sir Alan added: “Young people read as much as we did but get it from a different source. It makes what the MEN and local papers do, and what we at IPSO does, all the more important.
“All the newspapers who have signed up to IPSO – which represents 95 per cent of all readership – have entered into a binding legal obligation with us.
“What we do primarily is hold the Press to account to the standards they have set. The local press, due to their relationship with their readers, are more likely to comply with that code.”