About OnTheWight

OnTheWight delivers Isle of Wight news to Islanders, visitors and beyond. An officially-regulated, independently-owned media organisation that delights in the Trust its readers have in it.

The award-winning team behind OnTheWight are driven by the mission to bring the people of the Isle of Wight (and beyond) straight, honest and clear independent journalism – the kind of reporting Islanders deserve.

We’re flattered to hear that those goals have been recognised by the people of the Island, bestowing the ultimate accolade – Sally and Simonthat they Trust what they read here. Hearing that makes the team very proud.

Starting life way back in September 2005 as VentnorBlog, we’ve grown in audience; breadth of reporting and community engagement to become part of the fabric of Isle of Wight life.

A core of journalists, reporters and enthusiastic contributors have helped build the success of the publication, which is visited over 100,000 times a month and has a strong social media network on Facebook and Twitter.

Editorial
OnTheWight is a member of the only officially-sanctioned UK press regulator, IMPRESS. We adhere to their Standards Code and have been awarded a ‘Trust in Journalism’ mark by them.

We go to great lengths to ensure that the articles that we produce are accurate, factual, verified and unbiased. We also have a clear separation between news and opinion, with Opinion Pieces being clearly marked (example). Display ads are also clearly separated. If we reference the reporting of another publication, we will always list it as a source.

If you’ve got a news story that you think other Islanders would be interested in, whether you’ve got something to say, or a story lead, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.

Over the time the publication has been running, more than 2,000 people (as at September 2019) have had articles published by us, connecting many of them to an audience they wouldn’t otherwise have reached.

You can get in touch with Editorial team and Contributors.

If you spot anything that needs correcting, please contact us with a summary of the issue. As part of our commitment to openness and respect for our readers, a summary of any changes is placed at the bottom of the article, time and date stamped (example).

Success for our advertisers
We’re happy to share our large readership with businesses. We’ve brought success to many Island businesses and organisations, like Aaron Bentley from Isle of Wight College, who said,

Pound for pound, promotions with OnTheWight give the best results.”

St Catherine’s School in Ventnor has found our Isle of Wight Jobs site of great value, they say,

Jobs OnTheWight has rapidly become our recruitment advertiser of choice. The service is excellent, it’s great value for money and it’s so quick and easy to post a job too. Best of all, the response rate from job seekers is second to none.

If you’re interested in boosting your business, see the Advertise page.

Innovation
We use technical advances to get our readers closer to the news and events.

We’ve been reporting live from significant Isle of Wight council meetings as far back as February 2007.

As well as tweeting from Bestival as far back as 2006, we also delivered live video broadcasts from Bestival in 2008 to give those unable to attend, a flavour of what they were missing.

Accolades
We’ve been delighted with the praise that we have received from many circles.

On the National-side, as well as winning the inaugural Best UK Hyperlocal site award, our reporting has also been acknowledged.

– Guardian journalist Sarah Hartley nominated us for the Best Forensic Reporting Award.

– Judith Townend, senior reporter, Journalism.co.uk, picked our coverage of the Vestas sit-in (that started as a small, local story, expanded to a long-running international story) in her Best New Media of 2009, sitting alongside The Observer newspaper, saying we had, “done an excellent job of providing the Islanders (and outsiders) with raw and useful material, showing us how high-quality reporting is done.”

We have been featured in numerous academic studies of Independently-owned local UK media, dating back to the first report in the area, Damian Radcliffe’s 2012 Nesta report Here and Now, where he found us, “Excellent at identifying and meeting the requirements of a local community”.

National involvement
Involved in local media discussions and policy at a National level, most recently meeting with the Minister of State for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to discuss the future of local media in the UK.

We remain committed to independently-owned, professionally-run news publications that have served local communities around the United Kingdom for many years, being founding members of the Local Digital Newspaper Association (LDNA).

Ownership and financing
News OnTheWight is published by On The Wight Ltd (10984413) a privately-owned British company led by Sally and Simon Perry.

The site derives its income from advertising and readers’ donations (which convey no editorial influence).

Data related
OnTheWight is a Data Controller under the Data Protection Act 1998. This means that we are responsible for how and why your personal information is used.

We are committed to respecting your privacy and to complying with the Data Protection Act and any other relevant privacy laws, as detailed in our Privacy Policy.