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Founded in June 2020, The Mill is for people who want a new kind of local news and don’t have the patience for pop-up ads and endless scrolling on social media. Our newsletters recommend local events, keep you up to date on what’s happening in Greater Manchester and investigate important stories in politics, education, business and culture. Read some of our best long reads here.

We believe in the power of proper reporting and good writing rather than chasing clicks, and we particularly focus on giving our readers the context they need to understand what’s really going on. We know people are inundated with information so we purposely focus on offering quality rather than quantity. Join our list now.

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The case for a new newspaper in Manchester
This story is about local news, and what’s happened to it over the past 20 years. I’m making the argument for why Greater Manchester needs new quality media outlets like The Mill (please sign up to our email list if you haven’t yet), but the point is applicable to so many cities and communities across the country…
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The story behind The Mill 

The Mill was launched during the lockdown by me, Joshi Herrmann, to give Greater Manchester a different kind of news coverage. I have worked as a journalist for a decade, including reporting for The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Evening Standard (you can find a few of my stories here). Now we have a team of three staff journalists in the office and a brilliant network of freelance contributors, including some of the best writers in the North.

The Mill team in our office in the Royal Exchange building. Photo: Dani Cole.

The Mill is my attempt to find a new business model for local news. Local journalism has been devastated in recent years, with thousands of reporters laid off and newsrooms badly depleted. I hope this project can be part of the fightback. (Read my piece about what’s gone wrong in local news). The i newspaper wrote in August last year: “In a tiny office close to the roof of Manchester’s magnificent Royal Exchange building, a bold project is underway to transform the way that news is covered outside London.”

The Mill is funded by its readers via a paid membership program. For the price of a couple of pints per month, paying members receive original reporting from us daily rather than weekly. They also join our community, including being part of our members’ discussion group and being invited to our meetups (once that is allowed again). The Mill’s members are supporting the growth of a new type of journalism in Greater Manchester, allowing us to take on more reporting and hire local journalists.

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If you have a story that you think we should know about, please do get in touch by emailing If your story is sensitive, we will handle it with care. We are very used to dealing with confidential sources, and will never reveal the identity of contact unless they explicitly agree to their name appearing.

You can also write to us at: The Mill, 537 Royal Exchange, Old Bank Street, Manchester, M2 7DH

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Write for The Mill

The Mill has a network of brilliant freelance contributors. We are constantly on the lookout for great journalists, whether they are in the first year of their career or the 50th year. Our best pieces have been written both by people who have bylines in the New York Times and The Guardian, and writers who are still studying.

We value compelling writing, good scoops and writers who like wandering around forgotten neighbourhoods and hanging out in old boozers to find out what’s really going on in peoples’ lives. If you would like to write for The Mill, please read our pitching guide. It tells you everything you need to know about how to pitch and what we are looking for.

Every six months we take on a new trainee — usually a journalism student who joins us for the required placement on their course and does one day a week in our office. If you’d like to be our next trainee, email with links to your best stories and ideas you’d like to report for The Mill.

If you have other ideas or skills you would like to contribute to help us grow, please email And we are always looking for people who have email lists in Greater Manchester and who are willing to tell their lists about us to spread the word. If that’s you, please get in touch.

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