What is NN Journal?

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Launched in 2021, NN Journal is Northamptonshire’s newest independent news provider - delivered five days a week by email.

We believe there has never been a greater need for independent local journalism - reporting that digs beneath the headlines and tells the stories that are going untold. Working closely with the local community, NN Journal aims to shine a light on these issues and hold those in power to account. 

But that’s not all. We’ll also be running regular open-newsrooms across the county so that you can tell us about the stories you want us to look into. We’re a social enterprise and we’ll be working with local groups to run journalism workshops for those who want to learn new skills or have an interest in how news works.

Who works at NN Journal?

We’re Natalie Bloomer and Sarah Ward, two long established journalists from Northants who have been breaking exclusive stories from across the county over the past few years.

Natalie has written for the Guardian, BBC, Politics UK and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and  Sarah was most recently one of the BBC’s local democracy reporters covering Northants for the local media and winning awards while in the role. 

How NN Journal works now

We are an e-newsletter that is also published to a website. More than half of what we publish is free: which includes a weekly Friday Brief, which has a round up of news from the week plus some details of some events and a spotlight on an independent business. So our free members will receive at least three emails from us each week.

Our paying members receive a story each morning - which lands in their email about about 7.10am.

Membership costs £5 a month, with a reduced cost of £54 for those who take out an annual subscription. Members receive access to everything we produce, and they help support a new model of journalism for Charlotte.

We also have a founder member option of £75 per year for those who want to give that little bit more financial support.

The membership subscriptions go towards the wage of Sarah and Natalie plus pay for other business costs. Our model is without adverts and so we rely on our loyal subscribers and grants to keep going.

Sign up for our free version here or you can go the whole hog straight away and become a paying subscriber

Get in touch

If you have a story that you think needs to be looked into, please get in touch and email us at sarahward@nnjournal.co.uk or nbloomer@nnjournal.co.uk

All of your tip offs or suggestions will be treated in the strictest of confidence and we will never reveal the identity of our sources.


We can look into complaints about items we have published which are in our control. We adhere to the Standards Code adopted by IMPRESS and can only deal with complaints which relate to an alleged breach of the standards set out in this Code.

We can only deal with your complaint if you are:

personally and directly affected by an alleged breach of the Code

a representative group affected by an alleged breach of the Code, where there is

public interest in your complaint

a third party seeking to ensure accuracy of published information

We are also regulated by IMPRESS, but initial complaints must be made to us NN Journal in writing to nbloomer@nnjournal.co.uk

We will acknowledge your complaint by e-mail or in writing within 7 calendar days and will normally respond to your complaint with a final decision letter within 21 calendar days. If we uphold your complaint, we will tell you the remedial actions we have taken.

If you are not satisfied with the final response to your complaint, or if you do not hear from us within 21 calendar days of submitting your complaint, then you can refer your complaint to our Independent regulator IMPRESS at the following address: