Tag Archives: hyperlocal news

Pompey Writes Anthology Out Now

6 Oct

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Pompey Writes features the very best content from Star & Crescent, Portsmouth’s only independent, non-commercial news, culture and commentary website, plus brand new material never before published. Since 2015, S&C has earned accolades for its investigations into local culture, media, ecology, housing, healthcare, education and gender issues. It has also been a platform for the most talented Portsmouth-based poets, fiction writers, memoirists, satirists and visual artists.

Amongst the book more than sixty contributors are Ted Hughes Prize-winning poest Maggie Sawkins; William Sutton, author of the Campbell Lawless novels; Christine Lord, prolific journalist and activist; Sarah Cheverton (Huffington Post, Women’s Views on News, Red Pepper); Tom Sykes (New Statesman, Private Eye, Bradt Travel Guides); and Matt Wingett, publisher, local historian and author of The Snow Witch. Poetry, short fiction, investigative journalism, travel writing, satire, graphic design, photography… it’s all here in this extensive, ground-breaking anthology.

Buy the book here. It’s just £9.95!

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#ReclaimTheNews: Apply for Our Free Local Journalism Course

19 Feb

Star & Crescent has partnered up with the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) to offer 12 local residents a FREE place on a 10-week local journalism course worth £100s and based here in Portsmouth.

Are you ever disappointed by local news coverage? Do you feel like there’s more to a story than a few hundred words in the local paper? Have you ever wished there was something you could DO about it?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then we’ve got some great news for you and it’s called #ReclaimTheNews, a new training course coming to Portsmouth in April 2018.

What is the #ReclaimTheNews course?

This spring, the Star & Crescent team are joining forces with the Centre for Community Journalism to teach 12 Portsmouth residents the fundamental skills needed to deliver high quality, investigative local journalism that makes a real difference to our communities.

From April, the S&C team will be joined by national experts and journalists over 10 weeks to train participants in a range of areas relating to investigative and community journalism. Alongside their training each week, participants will be supported and mentored to write at least one story for publication on S&C from July 2018.

Participants will be invited to remain with S&C after their training as part of our new Community Reporting Team.

Find out more here.

War is Failure: An Interview with a Veteran for Peace Part II

15 Nov

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The second part of my interview with Graham Horne of Veterans for Peace is available here.

In this instalment Graham talks about combat stress, the relationship between the military and the education system and how the new Cold War might go hot.

 

Star & Crescent 1st Birthday Bash April 27th

22 Mar

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Star & Crescent would like to invite you to celebrate their first birthday this April in the University of Portsmouth‘s very own Eldon building.

It’s been an extraordinary first year for Star & Crescent, the City’s first independent hyperlocal news, culture and commentary website, made by and for the people of Portsmouth.  In that brief time we’ve achieved a national scoop, had our investigative journalism quoted and republished in major media, and obtained a prestigious NESTA grant to boost our online profile. Most of all we’re proud to have brought together the talents of 100+ journalists, artists, photographers, poets, satirists and fiction writers from both the University of Portsmouth and the City’s wider creative scene.

Join us for a thrilling multimedia celebration of critical thinking and speaking truth to power – a night of music, film, visual art, readings and discussion – in Eldon Building lobby at 6pm on Wednesday 27th April.

When
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (BST) Add to Calendar
Where
Eldon Building – Southsea PO5, United Kingdom – View Map

Book your tickets here.

S&C: Onward and Upward

20 Sep

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We are thrilled down to our toenails that Star & Crescent has been selected as one of ten hyperlocal news sites to be awarded funding from Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) to be part of their Destination Local research project on Audience Analytics.

As if this wasn’t exciting enough, from TOMORROW we’ll be publishing 3-4 times a week, so get in touch with us about the local burning issues you think we should cover and add us to favourite news sites.

Tom and Sarah

Issue 2 of Star & Crescent is Live!

21 Apr

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The warmest of welcomes to issue 2 of Star & Crescent, a community news, culture and commentary site casting a critical eye over Portsmouth. It’s been an exciting, if busy, couple of months since issue 1 and, in that time, we’ve had almost 12,000 visits from readers not just in our area but from all over the world. We couldn’t have wished for a better response.

Issue 2 is certainly bigger, arguably better and, we think, deeper and bolder than issue 1. We’ve added new dimensions to our coverage, engaging with asylum, the arms industry, students’ rights, surrogate parenting, self-harming, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s spiritualism, Portsmouth’s upcoming Pride event, independent local cinema, how music and creative writing have changed in the digital age, Portsmouth’s standing as a global and multicultural city, and a lot else besides.

We delayed release of the issue in order to land a little closer to the most unpredictable general election in living memory. We hope you enjoy our vox pops from local voters, our call to women to get involved in the political process, our commentary on the rise of smaller parties and our thoughts on the meaning of class in mainstream politics.

To lighten our workload and make S&C an even wider collaboration, we are now working with a group of passionate and accomplished contributing editors. A big thank you to all of them and an extra special thank you to Conor Patrick, who edited some of our fiction for this issue.

And of course, many many thanks to absolutely everyone who contributed writing and visual art this time.

Tom Sykes and Sarah Cheverton

21st April 2015

Star & Crescent Deadline Extension to April 1st

24 Mar

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Despite receiving a huge wodge of fine work already, we’re extending the submission deadline for S&C issue 2 to April 1st. This should give those who need it a bit of extra time to finish stuff off. O time, I just about remember you. Where did you disappear to?

That the deadline is now April Fool’s Day does not mean you can send us eyewitness reports of the Martian colonisation of Copnor or scoops on UNESCO’s decision to make the Spinnaker Tower a World Heritage Site… unless of course you’re writing for our brand new Pompey-related fiction section.