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This accessibility statement applies to the website of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.

This website is run by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism. We aim to make this website accessible to as many people as possible and be in accordance with The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (known as WCAG 2.1). This means you should be able to:

  • navigate the website using just a keyboard
  • find alt-text for all images and find non-visual alternatives where appropriate
  • use the website with a screen reader
  • access content that is structured, ordered and labelled appropriately
  • access audiovisual information that is captioned
  • read text written in plain English
  • access web content when zoomed in or with enlarged font sizes without the content spilling over or overlapping
  • download source data from charts

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

Known issues

  • Some link text is not written appropriately. For example, some links read ‘click here’.
  • Some images do not include any alt-text or have alt-text that does not provide an accurate description of the image.
  • Some elements on the main web template do not provide a high-enough colour contrast.
  • Not all audio content has a corresponding transcript.
  • Some elements are not accessible using assistive technologies.

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille please email:

We’ll consider your request and get back to you within 3 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact or

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to: ‘the non-compliances’ listed below.

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-accessible content

  • Not all images include appropriate alt-text or do not include any alt-text (WCAG 1.1.1).
    We are considering appropriate ways to appropriately add alt-text to images where this does not exist. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
  • Not all audio-only content has a transcript (WCAG 1.2.1)
    For audio that does not have a corresponding captioned video, we aim to provide a transcript for existing audio by October 2020 and for new content when it is published.
  • The purposes of some web links are not clear (WCAG 2.4.4). Though most link text is clear, some links that read, for example, ‘here’ or ‘announced’ do not make sense separately from their context.
    We are considering appropriate ways to appropriately re-write link text where it is not clear. When we publish new content we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards. 
  • On the homepage links are not identifiable other than through colour (WCAG 1.4.1)
    We are considering ways that such links can be made more identifiable such as through underlining. We aim to address this by December 2020.
  • Some text does not have an appropriate level of contrast (WCAG 1.4.3)
    Some of the pages (including the People pages) are in the process of being redeveloped and due to be completed by Winter 2020. Other instances where this occurs will be addressed by December 2020.
  • Some elements, including the menu block and social media icons, are not fully understandable using a screen reader (WCAG 4.1).
    We are in consultation with our web developers on addressing this and aim to have it completed by December 2020.

Disproportionate burden

Some content on our website such as news stories and research pages date back several years. Having assessed the frequency that users access such pages, and determining that these pages are not essential to the understanding of our organisation, nor do they offer essential benefits for disabled persons, we have determined that addressing issues such as providing alt-text on images or fixing issues with links would be a disproportionate burden. However, if any users feel they would like us to address accessibility issues on specific pages we are very happy to address them and provide alternative ways of accessing them.

What we are doing to improve accessibility

Our website has been undergoing significant redevelopments for around a year and we continue working with our web developers to ensure the site is as accessible to as many users as possible.

Guidelines will be formulated for web editors on how to best create, add and edit web content that is as accessible to as many users as possible.

Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared in September 2020.

This website was last tested in September 2020. The test was carried out by the Reuters Institute with input from the website’s developers Olamalu.

We tested a variety of pages including our homepage, selected section landing pages, research pages, news pages and events pages. We chose these pages as they are formatted differently from one another and between them include the vast majority of website elements and styling. We tested pages manually and using WebAIM’s Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE). Additionally, checks were undertaken by our web developers Olamalu in September 2020.