Melksham Independent News is a free fortnightly newspaper which offers a comprehensive news coverage of the area, and is packed full of local news – news about Melksham, its schools, clubs, organisations and people. This helps to make it by far the best read newspaper with a large and loyal readership. 12,500 copies are distributed every fortnight covering Melksham and all the surrounding villages. It carries more Melksham news than any other paper, attracts more Melksham advertising than any other paper and attracts wide support in the local community. In 1996, the newspaper received a Civic Award from Melksham Town Council for services to the community.