ABOUT STAR NEWS GROUP
In addition to starnewsgroup.com, Star News Group publishes two weekly paid newspapers—The Coast Star, published every Thursday, and The Ocean Star, published each Friday. Both papers are available by mailed subscription and are also sold on the newsstand. The single-copy price for The Coast Star is $1.00 and the single-copy price for The Ocean Star is 75 cents.
The history of The Coast Star is one of consistency. The newspaper has been located at its current location, 13 Broad Street, Manasquan, since 1909, and has served the southern Monmouth County area since 1877. The paper currently sells more than 12,000 copies each week.
The Ocean Star, located at 421 River Ave., Point Pleasant Beach, was launched in 1998 and serves the northern Ocean County area. The distribution of The Ocean Star is over 6,000 copies per week.
starnewsgroup.com, launched in March, 2007, combined the previous web sites for each of these publications into one local news source for The Coast Star and The Ocean Star readers. The extensive news coverage found each week on the pages of these two newspapers, is now also found online at starnewsgroup.com in full for subscribers and in part for non-subscribers. Additional web features enhance each week's news, including a photo and video gallery, an interactive forum, and much, much more. Starnewsgroup.com is truly the companion piece for readers of The Coast Star and The Ocean Star. To subscribe to the full online version, please visit Subscribe Now!
In June, 2014, Star News Group purchased Night & Day Magazine, a free publication that publishes once a month in January, February and March, twice a month in May, June, July and August, and also once a month in September, October, November and December. Night & Day Magazine focuses on entertainment in Monmouth and Ocean counties including features, dining, art, nightlife, day trips, music and shopping. 20,000 copies of each issue are distributed at over 600 locations. For more information about Night & Day Magazine, please visit Ndmag.com.
Only three families have had control of The Coast Star since the turn of the century. According to “History of Manasquan” published in 1950 in celebration of Manasquan's Diamond Jubilee, the predecessor of The Coast Star began on June 14, 1877 as The Seaside, published tri-weekly by Edward Stultz. In 1883, the name was changed to The Manasquan Seaside. The paper continued under this name for 10 years. Mr. Wilmer E. Hoskins worked at the paper for two years before taking the position of editor and manager of the Spring Lake Mirror. Mr. Stultz later became the editor of The Spring Lake Gazette and Mr. Hoskins owned and published The Coast Democrat. In 1909, he turned the paper over to his son, Tracy M. Hoskins.
Three years later, the name was again changed to The Coast Star. Mr. Hoskins owned and managed the paper until his death in 1959 when his sister, Gertrude S. Hoskins, became editor and publisher.
In 1961, Gertrude Hoskins sold the newspaper to Thomas S. Birckhead, Jr., a lifelong Manasquan resident and an accomplished newsman.
Mr. Birckhead built the paper into one of the finest weekly newspapers in New Jersey. Under Mr. Birckhead's control, the paper saw great growth in circulation and page count as the seashore towns of southern Monmouth County developed from summer resorts to vibrant year-round communities.
Mr. Birckhead served as editor and publisher of The Coast Star for 28 years.
In 1989, Mr. Birckhead sold The Coast Star to the current Publisher, James M. Manser.
Mr. Manser, also a lifelong area resident, brought a newspaper circulation, sales and marketing background to the newspaper.
By enhancing the well-established news commitment of the newspaper, and combining it with a renewed push in the areas of circulation, sales and marketing, The Coast Star expanded dramatically in the 1990s and 2000s in terms of circulation, news content, advertising and page count.
In 1998, Mr. Manser launched The Ocean Star, a Friday publication covering the Northern Ocean County towns of Point Pleasant Beach, Point Pleasant, Bay Head, Mantoloking and Lavallette.
The key to the success of Star News Group has been the continued commitment to delivering a well-rounded news product to our readers. The newsroom staff has grown significantly. The talents of the staff have been recognized with more than fifty New Jersey Press Association awards, including top awards for the best sports section of all large weekly newspapers in the state, several top awards for its front page layout and design and numerous editorial content awards.
Jamie Biesiada was named Managing Editor of Star News Group in December 2011. Prior to her promotion to Managing Editor of The Coast Star and The Ocean Star, Jamie served as the Wall Township reporter, the Webmaster and the Newsroom Supervisor.
In June 2014, Amanda Stone was named Assistant Managing Editor. She has previously served as a reporter for The Coast Star.
Visit our Contact page for a complete staff listing for Star News Group, as well as contact emails, telephone and fax numbers.