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The Bishop's Stortford Independent website is published by Iliffe Media Group. The editor is Paul Winspear - paul.winspear@iliffemedia.co.uk

Our aim is to offer a high-quality, relevant, trustworthy, informative and entertaining service to the community of Bishop’s Stortford and the surrounding area.

Stortford is a great place to live, work and play. We are keen to celebrate that, and to work with and to champion the various sectors of the community – businesses, schools, sports clubs and community groups – that call it home.

We aim to reflect the interests, concerns and views of the people who live here by creating distinctive, intelligent editorial, while offering effective advertising solutions.

Politically neutral, the Bishop’s Stortford Independent is positive and supportive of its community, encouraging interaction and engagement with its audience by being thought-provoking and a trusted source of local news and information.

In editor Paul Winspear and news editor Sinead Corr, the Bishop’s Stortford Independent is led by two people with strong links to the town through their roots, their families and their own personal associations within the community.

The team is based at 12 North Street in the town centre – an address synonymous with Stortford’s local newspaper publishing history since 1861.


The Bishop’s Stortford Independent… here to listen, here because we care.

In 2016, the Iliffe family re-established the Cambridge Independent, continuing its tradition of publishing in the university city that stretches back decades.

The Iliffe Media team is based at the Iliffe Print building in Milton, to the north of Cambridge, where the Cambridge Independent and Bishop’s Stortford Independent are printed.

The team also writes, designs and prints niche publications to serve the community.

We welcome your feedback, your stories and your interest. You can get in touch with us by visiting our Contact Us page.


Ethics policy

Maintaining high editorial standards is at the very heart of everything we do at the Bishop's Stortford Independent on a daily basis.

The company is a member of and is regulated by IPSO, the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

All of our journalists work according to The Editors’ Code of Practice, which sets the benchmark for ethical standards in journalism and is enforced by IPSO.

Our journalists are highly trained and we require them to complete a qualification from the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) before joining the company, or, in the case of our in-house apprenticeship scheme, we offer training which ultimately results in an NCTJ qualification , giving a range of career opportunities.

We expect our staff to use their best endeavours to verify the stories being put forward for publication.

Journalists have an obligation under IPSO’s Editors’ Code of Practice to protect their sources, but we also have a duty to establish that the sources we use are reliable and that material has been appropriately obtained. Story provenance is ultimately the responsibility of the Editor.

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