Madrid No Frills is an independent, grassroots media platform exploring the issues and events that define Madrid today. It was created and by me, Leah.
Since the summer of 2016, when MNF was born, I’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 me, Leah Pattem, and is a platform for madrileñes to investigate and share stories about our city 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, I have never paid for advertising. You can find MNF featured by the BBC, Condé Nast Traveller and Al Jazeera, as well as Spanish publications El País, El Diario, Público, and The Local.
Madrid No Frills is a project funded by members via Patreon. A further source of income comes from sales of photographs and my storytelling courses. I don’t accept grants, awards, advertising, sponsors or paid collaborations, so please don’t contact me 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.
This blog is proud to practise ethical writing, photography and interviewing. We put the people telling the story at the centre of the story and minimise, as much as possible, any potential risk they may face in their involvement in this project.
All comments across all of MNF’s platforms are moderated and monitored so that no contributors or members of our audience may experience harm of any kind.