Kate Stone to champion journalistic ethics for IPSO
Newly formed press regulator the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has appointed Dr Kate Stone to its Editor’ Code of Practice Committee in light of a freak stag gore incident in which six national newspapers were forced to apologise for referencing Stone’s gender status.
Following complaints about the tone and vocabulary about coverage in the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Scottish Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Telegraph and Daily Record the Press Complaints Commission, forerunner to IPSO, instructing them to rewrite several articles containing ‘irrelevant’ detail.
Expressing delight at her appointment Stone said: “I hope in the future articles can be written without resorting to irrelevant personal details. I have had to think beyond my own personal privacy, but now I have the privilege of seeing articles about my life that do not include those things."
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Dr Stone suffered near fatal injuries after encountering the animal near Fort William in December 2013 but, adding insult to injury, the media then proceeded to publicise her private life whilst documenting the accident.
Prior to her accident she was a speaker at The Drum's 4 Minute Warning conference on digital disruption where she discussed the importance of blending technology with physical objects rather than using it in isolation.