Advice for the public

Supporting the public and upholding high standards of journalism is integral to our work. This information is designed to help people understand the rules which newspapers and magazines  must follow so they may be more confident in engaging with the press and know where to go for help if they are worried.

Court reporting: What to expect

Understand how court reporting works, including what can and can't be published, what to expect if you are approached by a journalist and who to contact if you are unhappy about coverage.


How journalists use social media

Understand the rules journalists must follow when they use social media and where to go if you have any concerns.


Reporting deaths and inquests

This guide is for people who have suffered a recent loss of someone close to them. It gives information about what to expect when newspapers and magazines report a death or an inquest, the rules around reporting of suicide as well as about how we can help. 


Help with press intrusion 

What to do if you are worried about potential media intrusion, including how our private advisory notices work.


Contact with the media for survivors of sexual offences

This information covers the rules the press should follow when reporting on sexual offences and can help you to decide whether or not you want to speak to the press. There's also a list of organisations that support survivors if you need further help.


Journalism: Children's rights

This information is for parents, guardians and others who may be concerned about reporting which includes children and the specific rules which safeguard children’s welfare.


Reporting on major incidents

Information for the public on what to expect from the media when reporting on major incidents and where to go for help.