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.
PINF has launched a £60,000 emergency fund to help independent news publishers in the UK through the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications open 26 May - find out more here.
'95 percent of UK independent publishers receive no government support in lockdown', (Ethical Journalism Network, 12/05/20)
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" (HoldTheFrontPage.co.uk).
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.
The importance of independent publications is recognised by Members of Parliament from across the country. Many of them have issued statements of support.
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.