Best known as Napoleon’s final place of exile, St. Helena Island, South Atlantic Ocean is now one of the world’s last outposts.
The British Overseas Territory is enigmatic and unique, but due to its remoteness, complicated politics and lack of press coverage, the island’s issues go unaided and unresolved.
There are few places like this left on earth.
The island, suddenly teetering on the edge of globalization, is one of the most interesting but least-documented places in modern history.
It’s a journalist’s job to find the stories that need to be told, but that have been ignored, so change can be sparked.
Neither Sarah nor I saw much value in getting desk jobs in the U.S. after university and being told to race other journalists to report on the same stories over and over. Instead, we wanted to write about, photograph and film stories in the world which aren’t yet being recorded.
Instead, we’ve moved to the middle of the Atlantic to provide in-depth reporting which brings St. Helena to light.
At 23, moving to a volcanic speck in the middle of the ocean was rather scary - but in the digital age, remoteness is no longer an excuse for not caring; remote places have people and issues that matter too. This place deserves coverage.
P.S.: We realize most of the island does not get news on the internet, and would benefit from us printing or radio broadcasting on-island. We unfortunately don’t currently have the means or funding to print or broadcast on-island ourselves, but will be letting SAMS and The Independent publish our work for free.