The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated how important it is to work together and support each other. Information and connections are vital. We need to build a sense of community like never before, which is why Hastings Independent Press is so important. 

HIP is run by volunteers, ‘by and for the community’, but struggled to keep going during the pandemic with the loss of its main source of income through advertising, mainly from local, small-scale events and shops that have also been struggling.

Thanks to our current Friends, we’ve managed to return to print after a period of only being available online. If you enjoy reading HIP and want to support free, independent, community-based journalism, then please join our Friends Scheme. For the price of a coffee each month, you can help us keep going. 

Unbiased journalism and open expression are becoming scarce. In the UK, five companies now account for 80% of the regional press. In addition to being a community newspaper, HIP also provides training and experience in journalism. Volunteer writers have published supplements on education, art, the environment, children’s events and community projects and more are planned for 2022. We also have a student of journalism at the University of Sussex currently working as an intern.

Please help HIP continue to reflect the vibrant life of Hastings, encourage community involvement and get people from different sectors talking to each other. 

Friend of HIP benefits include

• Support local journalism
• Monthly prize draw – minimum value: £40
• Have your say on all things HIP
• Invitation to social and other events
• Email link to every edition – never miss one again!
• Automatic sign-up for HIP’s weekly newsletter

To become a friend click here