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Apply to join Impress today!

At Impress, we’re leading the charge to make sure that journalism standards remain high, promoting confidence in news so that publishers and the wider sector can thrive.

If you are a news provider, become a member from just £50* per year! Simply submit your membership application via our online portal.

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How do I apply for Impress membership?

If you publish or provide news content via a dedicated platform, whether it’s a website, social media channel, podcast, magazine, or anything else, you can apply to be regulated by Impress.

To join Impress, you’ll need to create an online account. Once logged in, you will then be able to submit an online application form. If you would like, you can save your application and come back to it later.

You can contact Impress at any point for support with your application by emailing

What information do I need when applying?

You’ll need the following details to hand when completing the form:

  • Your address and contact information
  • Website and social media details
  • Turnover figures for the most recent financial year
  • Key contact information for your editors, complaints handlers, and compliance contact (these roles can be filled by the same person)
  • Details on how you deal with complaints, including your complaints policy if you have one

If you are a registered company, you will need:

  • Your company or charity number
  • Your business type (e.g. Private Limited Company, Community Interest Company)
  • The names of your board of directors
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You can still apply to join Impress if you are not a registered company or if you are a sole trader.

What happens after I have submitted my application?

Once you have submitted the form, you’ll receive an email from Impress confirming we have received your application.

Our regulatory team will then check your application. Once we have done this, we will be in touch to process your membership and help with the next steps of your application.

For any questions or support regarding a submitted membership application, please contact us at

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*Membership fees are charged annually at a rate of 0.1% of your annual publishing turnover, starting at a minimum of £50 (excluding VAT) per year for those earning less than £50,000.

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Take advantage of our services to help you professionalise, build trust with your audience, manage the risks associated with publishing, and independently verify the quality of your content.

Membership benefits

With membership, you can access:

A verified trustmark

Independently approved, industry-leading recognition that proves the quality of your news content to your audience.

Gold standard regulatory services

Bespoke regulatory services that protect you from excessive legal costs and promote integrity in your work.

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