Election ’17: ‘We Should Show a Brexit Settlement to the People’ with Darren Sanders

Darren Sanders, Liberal Democrat candidate for Portsmouth North, talks to Mark Wright about the need for affordable housing in Portsmouth, the importance of consulting the British public on any Brexit deal and the function of alternative, hyperlocal news organisations in a modern democracy. Mark Wright: With the General Election coming up, what for you are the important issues at both Read more

Why Yik Yak is the Portsmouth Student’s App of Choice

Each morning Portsmouth University student Megan Langdon wakes up and has a stretch, before grabbing her phone and finding out the latest news from her friends. While she uses Facebook and Instagram a lot, she’s now convinced that the best app for staying up to date with Portsmouth’s student community is Yik Yak. Yik Yak‘s emphasis is hyperlocal, allowing its users to view posts Read more

NHS Plans for Portsmouth Set to Pass Without Consultation

Editor in Chief Sarah Cheverton and a Portsmouth NHS doctor (who prefers not to be named) report on proposals to cut over £500 million from the NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight by 2020, which are due to be signed off today. Today is the deadline for the submission of NHS plans and contracts Read more

Campaign to Stop Council Cuts Sends Star & Crescent Global

Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, is speaking to Swedish journalists today about our ‘virtual newsroom’ at an event organised by Digital Identities and supported by Google Newslabs. This is the first time Star & Crescent has been invited to represent the hyperlocal news sector on an international scale and we’ve been asked to talk about Read more

We’re Off For a Few Days, But Back Soon

We won’t be publishing for the next few days, but we’ll be resuming our normal – or as close to it as we ever get – 5 day a week service very soon. We’re a small team here at S&C, made up of people giving their time to bring the best of Portsmouth’s news, views, Read more

Why Portsmouth Needs To Reclaim The News

Back in April, we celebrated our first birthday with a showcase event at the University of Portsmouth. Our Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton reflects on S&C’s first year as Portsmouth’s only independent hyperlocal aiming to #ReclaimTheNews. Star and Crescent was born of frustration with the local media, particularly political coverage in the city, which too Read more

Watch Star & Crescent on Nesta Vimeo

Along with nine other hyperlocal news websites in the UK, Star & Crescent are working with Nesta as part of a Destination Local project to help sites like S&C to better understand and cater to our audiences. This video from Nesta explains a bit more about the project and how it aims to help small, independent Read more

Star & Crescent awarded Nesta funding as part of hyperlocals research project

Star & Crescent has been awarded Nesta funding and a place on a new action research project for hyperlocal news sites in the UK. ‘Hyperlocals’ are defined as news media (online or in print) that focus on “a small community such as a town, village or single postcode’ and are one of the only growing Read more