What is UKPress?
UKPress is an online forum where journalists and PR people
can discuss issues of concern, make useful contacts and conduct
research. Although the forum tends to focus on the technology
sector, all UK journalists and PR people are welcome to join.
Who runs UKPress?
UKPress is run by Paul Douglas, editor of .net, Jo Chipchase,
a freelance journalist and PR/publicist, and Robert J Shepherd,
a TV director and MD of business ISP and mailing list specialist,
How long has UKPress been running?
Since February 2000.
Who uses UKPress?
The membership of UKPress currently includes people from the
UK's main publishing houses, online publications, broadcast
organisations and numerous leading PR consultancies. We also
have many freelancers using the resource.
Where does the discussion take place?
The main discussion takes place via email, on the UKP mailing
list, to which all UKPress subscribers can post messages and
where they can see each other's responses. We also have a
message forum on this website,
which anyone can use.
How frequently will I receive email?
UKPress currently offers two versions of the email list: the
full version, where you will receive messages continuously
(around 5-15 a day) and the digest version, where you receive
one daily summary. If you wish to keep traffic to your inbox
as low as possible, the digest version is probably best for
you. If you'd rather see the discussion unfold in real-time,
the full version will be preferable.
How do I join UKPress?
You join by filling in our online form.
You will then be manually added to the list server by one of
the UKPress moderators. This process usually takes around two
working days, you'll receive a welcome message when it's complete
and you'll then automatically start to receive mailing list
messages. There is no membership fee.
If I join the digest/full version and wish
to switch, is this possible?
Yes. You can move over from the digest version to the full version,
and vice versa, by using the log-in box above and then setting
your options as you wish.
Can I stop receiving messages while I'm
Yes. You can go "Nomail" for as short or long a time
as you like, by using the log-in box above
and then setting your options as you wish.
Can I change my email address or password,
or unsubscribe easily?
Yes. Just use the log-in box above and
What if I forget my log-in details?
To use the online forum, you don't need to log in. To change
your mailing list membership details, you need just your email
address and password. If you've forgotten your password, click
here to reach the log-in box, type in your email address
and then press Email me to request that your
password be emailed to you. You should receive it within a few
About mailing list messages
How do I send messages to the UKPress list
Once your membership is confirmed with a welcome message, you
can send messages at any time by addressing an email to email@example.com
or by replying to list messages. Your email will be automatically
distributed to everyone.
What's the risk of receiving viruses with
Virtually nil. The UKPress system is managed by screen-play.net,
a highly experienced provider of professional mailing list services.
This system automatically prevents any attachments being included
and converts all MIME/HTML emails to plain text, providing extremely
effective protection against email worms and viruses. However,
UKPress cannot be held responsible for messages sent by members
directly to other members.
Does UKPress filter out unwanted material
like spam and auto-responses?
Yes. UKPress staff manually vet all membership applications
to ensure that only bona-fide professionals can join. We do
not allow members to post spam or attachments, and we reserve
the absolute right to ban any members who try to circumvent
this policy. You can visit our advice
My messages are being held for moderator
approval. What's happening?
There are three usual reasons for this: (a) your message was
sent from a non-registered email address (see below), (b) your
message is very long (perhaps it contains an entire digest)
or (c) your message contains words or phrases which suggest
it's an auto-response or automated message. A moderator will
normally review the message within an hour or two but we're
busy people so be patient if it takes longer.
I've posted a message and it hasn't gone
out to the list. What's happening?
By far the most common reason is that it's been sent using a
non-registered email address. You must ensure that the address
you use to send UKPress messages is the same as the address
you gave us when you joined. If it isn't, either use the correct
address on your emails or use the log-in box
above and change your registered address. If you're sure your
address is correct, your message may be held for moderator approval
for one of the other reasons listed above. It should also be
noted that we may occasionally slow or halt delivery to the
list for essential maintenance: on such occasions, your email
will normally be held for later delivery.
About listings on the UKPress website
Yes - provided that it's relevant. There's a small charge of £40/year + VAT for a listing on our page, in return for exposure to targeted traffic.
Simply email the correct
URL and brief details (if you're a PR agency, this includes
your current client list) to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading UKP Link Order.
Will UKPress be expanding?
Yes. Behind the scenes we're currently expanding the site to
add editorial, databases, planners and other content of help
to communication professionals. We are always open to comments
and suggestions in this area.