The New Haven Independent features daily reports, news and public discussion regarding politics, government, criminal justice, business, schools and culture in the New Haven neighborhoods. The online version is part of the Online Journalism Project and promotes a "stand-alone" news site on the Internet. The website also features local sponsor's advertising and links to other online resources for New Haven.
The New Haven Independent allows free access to all of its features as of 2015, including the food, music, theater, visual arts, health and city hall sections. Readers can search the digital newspaper by section, neighborhood or features and can register at the website to establish an account, gaining the ability to post on the site.