The Guardian is now funded by more than 800,000 supporters from more than 140 countries. Half a million readers are subscribers or members, or give to us on a monthly basis, while over the past 12 months weve received another 300,000 individual contributions from readers all over the world. We are also seeing strong sales of our print Guardian and Observer newspapers.
We are encouraged and cheered by the hundreds of thousands of you who are supporting our journalism. In the last year alone, the number of readers who support us regularly has more than doubled; and we now receive more income from our readers than we do from advertisers. This is a significant step.
We will continue to rely and build on this in the year ahead, as we aim with your help to reach many thousands more supporters, and sustain that support in the long term so we can keep investing in quality investigative journalism. The Guardians unique ownership structure safeguards our editorial independence from commercial or political interference and means we can reinvest any money we receive into this journalism that matters so much.
We havent put up a paywall. Instead, we want to remain a strong, progressive force that is open for all. So we need many more of our readers to fund the Guardian:
join them and support independent, quality journalism.
When you stand with us you empower our journalists and inform the way we approach stories and subjects. Your participation helps us produce the work we are most proud of here are some examples from the past few months.
We have uncovered the risks and responsibilities that social media bring to our societies in our investigative series the
Facebook Files, and published a number of stories about the worrying relationships between big data, billionaires and whether our democratic processes are being gamed by algorithms. Most recently, we reported on the concerned technology workers now disconnecting themselves from the internet.
The Guardian has continued to invest in our coverage of the US presidency. Nearly one year on from his election, Donald Trump disregards the constitution,
offend s allies, and attack s minorities, the powerless, and those who are holding him to account.
In the year that
Trump withdrew the US from the UNs Paris climate change deal, your contributions also helped us to bolster our environmental reporting: we significantly increased the size of our reporting team, and undertook a reporting project funded by readers, This Land is Your Land. Through our global defenders project, we are tracking the deaths of everyone who dies defending the environment over the next year, and we have broken many exclusive stories in this area.
Our in-depth reporting of the world of sport continues to make a significant impact, with our revelations on
racism allegations in the England womens football team and an exclusive report from Ethiopia revealing how athletes were being treated like slaves by wealthy nations, while the issue of doping in British cycling was brought to light through our investigation.
Throughout the year, our specialist
Brexit team have worked closely with our world-class correspondents in parliament and across Europe, and our readers across the continent too, sharing the personal and the policy implications of this historic move.
In Australia, we continue to publish the very best journalism that we can, despite a
stunning lack of support from the Australian government at this difficult time for media organisations.
We have maintained our focus on the subjects underreported elsewhere: in
Beyond the Blade, we tell the stories of every person under 20 killed by a knife in Britain, challenging the stereotyped view of this crime; our New Arrivals refugee series has revealed the reality of journeying from Syria to Europe; and we continue to report shocking and important stories from offshore detention centres in Australia.
Together we are doing crucial work. But advertising revenues continue to decline, with technology giants such as Facebook and Google dominating the digital ad space, and print advertising falling for most publications too.
Now more than ever, the world needs progressive journalism, committed to facts and helping readers make sense of the world.
Thank you for supporting the Guardians progress.