Now is the time to fight for independent news, when we need it most.


Independent news providers need:

  • A share of public health advertising. They reach 14.9 million users online, and have a collective run of over 426.000.
  • Recognition as essential workers. They are at the frontline producing news for their communities. They need to be supported.


Save Local Independent News: write to your MP today
Support the 95% of independent publishers who have received no support from the government since the start of lockdown - write to your MP today! 
Public Interest News Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund:
PINF has launched a £60,000 emergency fund to help independent news publishers in the UK through the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more here. (Please note applications are now closed)
Save Independent News in the press:

Survey: 95% of independent news outlets have received zero support from Government (7th May)
A new survey conducted by ICNN reveals the serious lack of Covid-19 related support independent publishers are receiving from Government.
In the press: "Small publishers ‘getting no government help’ during lockdown, study finds" (
Public Health Advertising appeal 
Over 30 industry experts have signed an open letter to John Whittingdale MP calling on government to expand its public health advertising campaign to include independent publishers.  More people continue to add their signatures.
MPs Across the UK Show Support for Independent Publishers 
The importance of independent publications is recognised by Members of Parliament from across the country.  Many of them have issued statements of support. 
COVID-19 & Independent News Providers Survey Results 
Our survey of independent news providers in the UK shows that 75% are at risk of closure due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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Independent news providers in the UK reach over 14.9 million unique vistors online every month;

and have a collective run of over 426,800.


Their contribution to their communities and audiences is unparalleled. More than 60% them are going beyond traditional journalism in their response to the crisis – providing direct support to the communities.


But they are under threat.

75% fear temporary or permanent closure

as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.    

‘It’s utterly devastating. We are watching the 14 years of hard work and dedication we’ve put into building this publication and bringing change to news reporting in our area fall apart in front of our eyes in a matter of weeks.’

Simon Perry, Publisher, OnTheWight.