PRESS RELEASE: Salford Star to close after 15 years

The award-winning Salford Star, believed to be the country’s longest-running community media outlet, is set to close after the local elections in May.

The Star published the first of ten hefty print magazines in May 2006, and, since 2009 has been online only producing over 6,000 articles.

Over 15 years the Salford Star has covered a huge array of issues – from floods to riots to cladding catastrophes, planning scandals and MPs’ expenses horrors, giving the community a voice along the way, backed up with quality investigative journalism and holding power to account.

The Star came runner up in Private Eye’s Paul Foot Award for investigative Journalism, won the Plain English Award for Best Regional Newspaper, won How Do’s North West Magazine of the Year and our favourite – the Studio Salford Lotta Bottle Award!

Salford Star co-founder and editor Stephen Kingston says:

"We have had the support of zillions of Salford people who have helped to sustain the Salford Star over some incredibly difficult times, but it is now time to move on.

“Those who follow us should be aware that if you give the community a real voice and really do hold authorities to account, there will be a backlash, both financially, and from those who will try to discredit you. In this sense, Salford City Council probably taught Donald Trump everything he knew!”

The Salford Star website is to be archived by the British Library, while it will be publicly available on search engines for at least ten years.

For further information contact Stephen Kingston

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