Bigger, Better, Bolder: S&C’s Plans for 2017

Change is afoot at S&C. Editor in Chief Sarah Cheverton explains what we’ll be up to in 2017 and how you can get involved in our continuing mission to #ReclaimTheNews.

Here at S&C, we are very proud of all we’ve achieved since we launched in February 2015. We began life as a fiercely independent online magazine, publishing a wide range of professional and aspiring writers from Portsmouth and beyond, every two months or so. From the beginning, our main aim was to provide an alternative to mainstream online local news, which is often saturated in advertising, dominated by press releases and lacking in critical insight or commentary.

Over the last 20 months, we’ve done exactly that. We published our first issue as a team of two volunteers working with 40 local writers. Since then, we’ve grown our team and our contributor base into an internationally recognised ‘virtual newsroom’ publishing at least three original pieces each week, and we’ve become Portsmouth’s only non-commercial platform for investigative news, slow reporting, satire and political commentary, as well as a stage on which the city’s creative writers showcase their work.

Some of our proudest achievements include:

Most of all, we are exceptionally proud of working with all of you: our readers, local activists, community groups, residents and our regular writers and contributors. Together, in under two years, we have published over 400 articles from well over 100 writers from Portsmouth and beyond.

But in 2017, we want to do even more and to do that, we’re going to be focusing on recruiting more people to the Star & Crescent team, developing funding to support what we do, exploring the development of a membership model, and creating a real world base for S&C in Pompey to run alongside our virtual newsroom of writers and editors.

All of this takes time and sadly, we can’t work on this and continue to deliver news and views to you 5 days a week. So, over the coming weeks, we will be publishing less on the website and on social media.

We think that like us, our readers value quality over quantity, so don’t worry, we’re not going to leave you high and dry.

We’re going back to our roots to focus on investigative reporting, slow journalism and satire, and on our values of representing marginalised and hidden voices, and holding power to account. This kind of journalism takes time, and writers from all over Portsmouth are already working on a range of new reports that will be coming to you over the coming weeks. We will be publishing articles from our virtual newsroom and keeping you in touch with our progress here and on social media.

Star & Crescent was started by two people, but we have only been able to continue with the help of local writers, readers, businesses and organisations who have chosen to support us.

If you want to join those people, and be a part of our continuing mission to #ReclaimTheNews in 2017, there are a number of ways to get involved:

In the meantime, thanks for all your support, as readers, contributors, volunteers and donors and like Portsmouth herself, we look forward to being bigger, bolder and better in 2017.

  • Sue Stokes

    anything at all and to keep the real news out there – Up the Star & Crescent!