Responses to questions

This ‘Responses to questions’ was published in April 2012. Since then Hacked Off has become independent of, and separate from, the Media Standards Trust. Since August 2012 the Hacked Off campaign has been a non-profit limited company (Company Number 08176670). It has its own Board of Director, its own Articles of Association and its own sources of funding. It has offices in Victoria street. More details can be found at its website

A number of individuals have asked specific questions about MST funding. The answers below are intended to address these questions. They will also shortly be added to FAQs.

1. How is the Media Standards Trust (MST) funded?

Over 80% of MST funding comes from grants from charitable foundations. The rest comes from donations from supportive individuals. The trust does not accept contributions from corporations. Charitable foundation grants are detailed in the annual report and accounts.

2. Why does the annual report not contain the names of individual donors?

Donations from dozens of private individuals make up a small part of the MST’s annual budget. No single donation from an individual has exceeded two percent of our expenditures.  Information about these donations is disclosed to the appropriate authorities each year.  We do not disclose publicly the names of individual donors without their explicit permission.

3. How is the Hacked Off campaign funded?

Hacked Off is funded by grants and donations, made to a Hacked Off bank account managed by the Media Standards Trust. This includes a grant from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. Other donations have come from individuals who support the campaign (see

4. What is the relationship between Hacked Off and the MST?

The Media Standards Trust houses the Hacked Off campaign and provides administrative and strategic support. The campaign manager, and one of its founders, are employed by the Media Standards Trust. Many of the campaign’s activities and supporters have no direct connection with the Trust.

5. Who runs the Hacked Off campaign?

Martin Moore, the director of the Media Standards Trust, and Professor Brian Cathcart, from Kingston University, direct the Hacked Off campaign. It is managed by Thais Portilho-Shrimpton.

6. How much of the MST funding comes from its trustees?

Less than 10% of MST funding comes from its trustees.

7. What does the MST receive funding to do?

The MST exists to promote and advance the education of the public in the understanding and knowledge of the media in a modern society. The MST receives grants for core funding and to undertake specific projects.

8. How is funded? is funded out of the MST’s general funds. It receives no sponsorship, no advertising, or other commercial revenue.

9. Who runs and decides which journalists will be profiled?

Journalists who write regularly for national, and many regional and local, newspapers are profiled automatically on Journalists can claim their profiles and add information to them. Any journalist no on can create their own profile

10. How is funded? is funded out of the MST’s general funds. It receives no sponsorship, no advertising, or other commercial revenue

11. What is the relationship between and the MST?

The MST created and runs

12. How was US funded? US was funded by a grant from the Sunlight Foundation which asked the MST to work with them on a US version of churnalism.

13. What is the relationship between the MST and the Orwell Prize?

The MST administers and houses the Orwell Prize on behalf of the Council of the Orwell Prize. It also contributes to its costs.

14. How is the Orwell Prize funded?

The Orwell Prize is funded by the Media Standards Trust, Political Quarterly, and George Orwell’s son, Richard Blair.

15. What is the MST Press Review Group?

The MST set up a Press Review Group, chaired by Anthony Salz, to submit recommendations to the Leveson Inquiry for reform of the current system of press self-regulation.

16. What relationship do the members of the Press Review Group have with the MST?

All of the members of the press review group are unpaid volunteers.  The chair of the Press Review Group, Anthony Salz, is a trustee of the MST. The other members of the group were invited to participate in a personal capacity and have no other relationship with the MST.

17. How is the Press Review Group funded?

The Press Review Group is supported from general funds and specific donations, including a donation from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

18. What is the MST’s involvement with the Cardiff University local news project in south Wales?

The MST runs a joint research and development project with Cardiff University School of Journalism in Port Talbot, analysing the state of local news in South Wales and exploring ways in which to reinvent it. The project is supported by a grant from the European Union and run by Rachel Howells, a journalist and PhD student at Cardiff University.