The Local is the news brand for modern pioneers who seek daily, independent reporting from around Europe. Our journalists capture the essence of life across the continent, from the biggest breaking news stories of the day to the subtleties of local cultures and customs.
- 20/07/2018 – Change of CEO at The Local
We believe that the better you understand the world around you, the more you can contribute to it. People who live and think internationally are agents of progress. They spread ideas and knowledge, connect minds and resources, and increase tolerance and understanding.
The Local supports these modern pioneers by boosting their understanding of the countries they live in, move to, visit or do business with.
Balanced and accurate local reporting is fundamental to democracy and to our individual audience members’ ability to participate in their community. We recognize our responsibility to cover our countries faithfully and we will challenge willful misrepresentations of these countries by other media, commentators or politicians.
The seven million people who read The Local each month are well-educated and well-informed. They have influential jobs in forward-looking sectors and an outward-facing perspective on life that makes them internationally adaptable. They want their news to be sourced locally, not delivered through the filter of a national news brand thousands of miles away.
Similarly, news desks around the world trust The Local’s coverage as the basis for their own foreign news articles, regularly citing our reports and seeking guidance from our journalists.
The Local is digital-only. We publish news on nine country-specific editions and gather the best of our country content here on our international edition.
We believe in sustainable journalism informed by a close relationship with our audience community. Anyone can read a limited number of our articles for free but paying members can read everything we produce, including in-depth member-only content. Members are also invited to exclusive news, careers and social events. Membership costs 5 EUR (or 50 SEK) per month and you can sign up here.
Make sure you never miss a story by signing up for our weekly country or international newsletters here. We also send out themed newsletters with content that you won’t find in any of our other formats.
Advertising and communication
Some of the content you will see on The Local is sponsored. We have proven that the best way for advertisers – in any sector and any country – to communicate with our audience is by giving them what they come to The Local for: high-quality, informative content.
The editors, journalists and filmmakers in our Client Studio work closely with our advertisers to produce the content that we know is going to fly with our audience. Our social media team makes sure that the content is seen by exactly the right target group. The goal is always to facilitate a deep and effective relationship between our audience and our clients. It works.
Spread across Europe, our international team reflects our international audience. We come from many different countries and have lived and worked in many more. See who we are here.
Our board and owners
The Local was founded in 2004 by Paul Rapacioli and James Savage. Today the company is
independently owned by private and institutional investors. Roughly 20% of the company
is owned by members of staff.