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.

img A wirebird on its nest. Photo by James Fantom.

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.

img Jamestown, the island's capital. Photo by Sarah Pitts.

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.

img1 Denny Leo and Benjy Lawrence walk at Southwest Point. Photo by Emma Weaver.


about me
Project Creator, Project Director

Emma Theresa Weaver

Emma is a direct St. Helenian decendent who was born and raised in Norman, Oklahoma. She recently graduated from OU with a journalism degree. Emma was published in The Guardian online September 2015 for a story about the first test flight on St. Helena. Previously, Emma interned for the Oklahoma Press Association and Katherine Purvis from The Guardian, and maintained a political blog on Huffington Post during the 2016 Iowa caucuses. She has served as the Crimson Quarterly Editor-in-Chief for the past year.

Emma’s grandfather started The Voice of the Union on the island in 1960, because he felt St. Helenians did not have a fair voice (Emma’s mother is St. Helenian and her father British, though she grew up in the U.S.). We have been on the island two months now, and have found that many of the issues her grandfather wrote about persist, or have worsened, today.

about me
Digital Producer

Sarah Elizabeth Pitts

Sarah Pitts, born and raised outside of Denver, Colorado, is a recent graduate from the University of Oklahoma as the outstanding senior in the journalism program. She then worked as a fellow at News21, a national investigative reporting project based out of the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. She previously worked as the web designer and managing editor of Oklahoma Routes and also blogged for The Huffington Post during the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.