A new press regulator, replacing the defunct Press Complaints Commission, has been launched today.
It's a historic moment, accompanied by a large helping of controversy. Some victims of media harassment claim it should not exist at all, and some newspapers (including The Guardian) have refused to sign up - so far - over concerns that it will not be robust and independent enough to fulfil the criteria set out by Lord Justice Leveson. Meanwhile, there are interviews with the new head of IPSO, Sir Alan Moses, doing the rounds in other newspapers in which he vows to win over his critics (paywall). Yes, those interviews appear in papers that have signed up to the new regulator. Don't expect this posturing to end any time soon.
Students of journalism should pay close attention to the new IPSO website. It includes an updated version of the Society of Editors' Code of Practice as well as new guidelines on how journalists and the public should interact. The long section on harassment advises people to put up notes on their front door warning journalists away, record answerphone messages with a pre-recorded "no comment" and signing up friends and family to act as ad-hoc press mediators. It shows the extent of the nervousness about how journalists intrude into people's lives, but is also ripe with potential for new friction and further confusion about what constitutes a "reasonable" approach for information or quotes. We'll have a lot to talk about when term begins!