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The Public Interest News Foundation (PINF) Index maps how publishers with annual revenue under £2m are faring and operating every year. The recently published 2024 Index found that on average over the last 12 months, these news outlets have seen annual revenue fall 30 per cent (to £62k), annual unique visitors fall 56 per cent (to 344k) and one less person working in their newsroom (to two people).

To help generate more community interest and revenue for these organisations, PINF launched Indie News Week this week (3 - 9 June), a combined effort of 40 indie publishers to show local readers why their support is essential for community news outlets to survive. A little more than half of them are also partaking in the Indie News Fund, which will double crowdfunding efforts in a match-fund pot worth up to £50k.

In this week's podcast, we speak to the campaign lead, and head of advocacy at PINF, Hani Barghouthi about how it all works and the US inspiration behind it.

This is just the first step towards changing perceptions around independent, public interest journalism, as something worthy and in need of more support.

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