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The ICNN Independent Community Newspaper of the Year

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The Independent Community News Network (ICNN) is the voice of over 100 community news outlets. From the Shetland Islands to the Southern tip of Cornwall, from Northern Ireland to north Wales, our members span the length and breadth of the UK.

ICNN is the UK representative body for the independent community and hyperlocal news sector. We are committed to supporting and championing new sustainable forms of local digital and print journalism. Our focus is at the local and hyperlocal level; the place where journalism is most valued, but also most at risk.

Our mission is to promote quality journalism, help address the democratic deficit in news poor communities and help create more jobs in journalism at the local and hyperlocal level.

Our objectives are to increase recognition of community publishers, make representations on their behalf to policy makers, regulatory bodies, third sector funders, businesses and other organisations, and fight for opportunities and fair treatment.

In addition to lobbying and advocacy work, the network will draw upon the Centre for Community Journalism’s ongoing research in order to inform high-quality journalism and sustainability in the local and community news sector.

We broker collaborations with industry partners such as the BBC, Nesta, and the NUJ to contribute to sustainable and innovative development within the sector.

We offer free consultancy services to start-ups and established publications alike on issues concerning media law guidance, funding, and new media.

ICNN is free to join. Our members are independent of commercial, political and religious interests. They are community focused and are producing contemporaneous news content. All uphold high professional standards, including accuracy, transparency, integrity, accountability and fairness.

They have committed to adhere to Ipso’s Editor’s Code of Practice or the Impress Standards Code and all demonstrate a clear and transparent management/ownership structure.

Our members are fully inclusive of all ethnicities and backgrounds and are non-discriminatory.

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