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Centre for Community Journalism


Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ) researches into this area of journalism and offers networking, information and training for hyperlocal and community journalists building on expertise developed at the leading School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

As one of the Vice Chancellor’s flagship Engagement Projects the Centre supports the development of community news hubs in Wales as well as offering advice and guidance for hyper locals in the UK and around the world. Since being set up in 2013, we have already trained thousands of learners both on and offline.

We support new forms of local digital journalism and we are exploring new, sustainable models for news. Our focus is at the local level; the place where journalism is most valued, but also most at risk.

Our strategy has three elements:

  • Training and outreach: We have trained over 8,000 people from over 140 countries in our Community Journalism MOOC.We will set up or improve 10 community new hubs in Wales between 2013 – 2018, giving them in-depth training and support to cover the news their community needs. We also provide training courses for hyperlocal journalists in Wales in the range of skills they need to work effectively
  • Networking and advice: C4CJ is a focal point for sharing and disseminating advice and resources about the best practice in the field. We offer support and guidance to a network of thousands of community journalists around the world.
  • Research and monitoring: The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is leading a major hyperlocal news research project, funded by the AHRC. This allows C4CJ to map the world of hyperlocal journalism and understand what’s happening across Wales and beyond.

The Centre has its home within JOMEC’s Bute Building and is managed by former BBC social media producer Emma Meese, administered by Hannah Scarbrough, and can be found on Twitter using @C4CJ.

Full details for the Centre for Community Journalism can be found on their website at communityjournalism.co.uk