Madrid No Frills is an independent, grassroots media platform exploring the issues that define Madrid today.
Since the summer of 2016, when MNF was born, we’ve been driven to bring you real-life stories told by the very people that don’t receive the coverage they deserve. Understand how racism, exploitation and poverty are pre-assigned fates chosen by those in power, and how communities experiencing this are overcoming it together. This growing platform is for their stories to be told – for their unfiltered voice to be heard by you.
Madrid No Frills was founded by Leah Pattem and has a growing team of around 30 collaborators that investigate and cover under-reported stories that the mainstream media repeatedly refuse to prioritise.
This platform has a social media following of over 30,000 people, reaches 25,000 readers per month, has gone viral twice – and, we have never paid for advertising. You can find MNF featured by the BBC, Condé Nast Traveller and Architectural Digest, as well as Spanish publications El País, Yorokobu, Público, and The Local.
Follow MNF on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and subscribe to our newsletter here. If you’d like to support Madrid No Frills, then please consider becoming a Patron so that this project may continue to grow.
Madrid No Frills is a project funded almost entirely by members. A further source of income comes from sales of photographs and the Bloggers of the Future course. We don’t accept grants, awards, advertising, sponsors or paid collaborations, so please don’t contact us with these offers.
Leah Pattem, the founder of MNF, is an accredited journalist registered with the Federación de Sindicatos de Periodistas (FeSP), whose Madrid branch, El Sindicato de Periodistas de Madrid (SPM), recognises Madrid No Frills as a trusted and informative platform.
We pride ourselves on our ethical writing, photography and interview practises, and put the people telling the story at the centre of the story.
All comments across all of MNF’s platforms are moderated and monitored so that no contributors or members of our audience may experience discrimination of any kind.