Community news and engagement

A Little Bit of Stone is a community news website I set up in 2010 and edited for six years. I wrote almost 4,000 articles for the site, built a thriving social media community and ran a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised over £15,000 to fund the site’s community journalism.

The aim of the site was to reflect and celebrate the community where I live. There was so much that the traditional local media just weren’t covering.

The site won a Talk About Local award, was featured by the BBC and took part in a Nesta programme around community engagement. I was also invited to speak at local journalism events about the future of local news.

I left the site in 2016 to focus on my freelance work, but A Little Bit of Stone is going from strength to strength under new owner Jon Cook.

“One of the very best local websites publishing in the UK today”
– Will Perrin, Talk About Local

“A great example of how grassroots reporting is able to support communities”
– community news expert Damian Radcliffe

“Our town is a better place for having A Little Bit of Stone in our midst”
Richard Stevens, chairman of Stone Food and Drink Festival

“A Little Bit of Stone quickly helped my family to feel part of the community when we moved here.”
– Stone resident Jayne Millar