Sally Churchward – founding editor

Sally Churchward – founding editor

I have worked as a local journalist and freelance writer for around 20 years. I’m passionate about local journalism, and believe it has an important role to play in supporting local communities to grow and develop.

I founded In Common after being made redundant. I didn’t want to stop telling the stories of the people where I lived, so I reached out via social media for others to be involved in contributing to a new website and also for funding, and In Common was born.

We live in increasingly frightening times, and reaching out to build links in our own communities feels like something we can do to help counter some of that. I really hope In Common helps build local communities and also supports the arts and cultural scene in Southampton and beyond. I’ve met so many fascinating people in my job and am delighted to share more of them with you, through the pages of In Common.

I have an MA in gender studies from the University of Southampton, which informs my approach as a writer, alongside my firm belief in ethical journalism.  I have always felt it was essential for journalists to be critical thinkers and for us all to use our platforms for good, to challenge our unconscious biases and those of wider society, to speak up for those who often struggle to be heard and to provide a space for others to use their own voices. I hope In Common is a space where that can happen.

My pronouns are: she/her.

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Read more by Sally:

Charlie Barnes, live member of Bastille and solo artist, on his career of contrasts


Marching to stop the deaths of children – Southampton’s peace protest for Palestine

Interview: Will Young – pop star turned activist, on animal testing and more


Hundreds of protestors brave the rain to call for peace in Gaza in Southampton

Interview: Uri Agnon on his new show, Antisemitism: a (((musical)))

Review: Storming Bastille – PennFest, Buckinghamshire, Saturday July 22

Review: Bastille – Bad Blood X Tour, Alexandra Palace, July 14, 2023

When three isn’t a crowd: living, loving and scheduling in polyamorous relationships

Photos: Southampton Children’s Pleasure Park, a love letter

The Southampton community club offering adults friendship and a warm welcome

Review: Goldilocks and the Three Bears – Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, December 2022

Southampton band Delays debut album Faded Seaside Glamour to be rereleased

Southampton’s first Transgender Pride attracts hundreds, declared a success


Bastille on songwriting, being good allies and “the ‘eh, oh’ song”


Mayflower Theatre issues statement in response to alleged racially motivated assault

Satvir Kaur on her journey from inner city shop girl to the new leader of Southampton City Council

Ukrainian refugees helped to settle in Southampton with community effort

Organisers are set for first LGBTQ+ Party in the Park in Southampton


In Common needs you – can you help?

What do Sotonians think about Southampton being shortlisted as City of Culture?

Southampton shopworker calls on council to make bus stops safer

Experts to the clinically vulnerable respond to the end of covid mitigations


You can help save independent, ethical shopping in Southampton

Falling through the the justice gap: the shrinking of legal aid and access to justice

Opinion: Providing a treasure map – why I’m backing Southampton’s bid to be City of Culture 2025

Greg Gilbert – artist, poet, musician and ‘butterfly collector’. A tribute to a life filled with art, music, wonder and love

Identifying outside the boxes – non-binary people share their journeys of self-identification

Hampshire company Solid 8 receiving death wishes after mistaken identity

Featured artist: Donna Mcghie

The Southampton hobbyist producing PPE for the NHS in his garage

Hampshire People’s Pride – bringing politics to the party

Is it transformation or the end of the road for Southampton’s Art House?

Featured artist: Spring Wise

Video of Southampton binman goes viral after Jeremy Corbyn tweets it

Artist, poet, musician & dad Greg Gilbert on his need to create


Football & politics: St Pauli’s Southampton supporters

Jeremy Corbyn & Rebecca Long-Bailey in Southampton

Featured artist: Claudia Friend

People in Common: Kwame Bakoji-Hume



Book review: The Rapture by Claire McGlasson

Daniel Crow and ‘a space’: have they transformed the Southampton art scene?

October Books: how the radical bookshop is booming

People in common: Simon Cotton

Featured artist: Patricia Descalco

People in common: Laxmi Morgan