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Community Journalism Conference


Eight different workshops will be run on the day with some being run twice to ensure you have every chance of attending your preferred sessions.

How to set up HyperLocal platforms, open source sites and using multi platforms

Sarah Hartley

Writer at Guardian’s Northerner blog – Talk About Local and

Sarah Hartley contributes regularly to The Northerner blog with a special interest in the MediaCityUk development at Salford.

She also writes about journalism, social media, local news and online communities. Before joining the Guardian she was the head of online editorial for MEN Media in Manchester and is a co-founder of the city's Social Media Cafe.

Glyn Mottershead

Lecturer, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

A former newspaper report, feature writer, Sub Editor and Production Journalist, Glyn has worked across a range of news beats including crime, health and local government.

Glyn is a co-author of The 21st Century Journalism Handbook and is currently collaborating on a book on digital sub-editing for multiplatform journalism. He is a member of the British Computer Society, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Online News Association.

Using social media to gather news and build audience

This workshop is sponsored by NUJ Training Wales

This workshop is sponsored by NUJ Training Wales

Emma Meese

Media & Training Development Manager, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Emma Meese is developing and managing Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism, a unique fusion of research and practice committed to developing a strong network of hyperlocal and community journalism in Wales.  She is also running a series of short courses at Cardiff, giving everyone accews to the highest standard of training in digital and social media.  Emma also speaks at a number of conferences and events, including the Social Media Conference for Wales.

Simon Milner

Director of Policy at Facebook UK

Simon Milner is Facebook’s first UK and Ireland Policy Director, responsible for issues such as privacy, safety and advertising policy. He joined the company in January 2012. He previously held senior roles with BT, most recently as Director for Group Industry Policy, where he was responsible for policy development, articulation and advocacy on communications industry issues. Before BT, Simon worked for the BBC, including holding the position of Secretary, responsible for the Corporation's governance and accountability, advising the Chairman and Director-General on a range of strategic, regulatory, managerial and governance issues.

Dr. Claire Wardle

Director of Development and Integration, Storyful

Claire Wardle is a media researcher who came to BBC News to make a report on their use of User Generated Content in their newsmaking. She proved to be a very useful person indeed. Soon she was the designer of social media training courses for the BBC College of Journalism - courses which have now been delivered to more than 2000 BBC journalists and employees in different parts of the organisation. Her focus is very user oriented - how can journalists by active and systematic use of social media find scoops, good stories and new sources?

Claire Wardle later co-founded and became director of Ultra Social,which is a network of trainers, strategists and innovators that help organisations around the world to develop and maximise their social media presence and potential. They specialise in providing consultancy and technology solutions for leading brands within the media, communications and charity sectors and manage an ever-increasing global network of experienced facilitators, each with their own digital expertise.

Claire spent five years teaching at Cardiff University where she undertook research into user generated content.

Law, ethics and accreditation in a digital age

This workshop is sponsored by Capital Law

This workshop is sponsored by Capital Law

Professor Duncan Bloy

Director of International Development – Cardiff School of Journalism, Media  and Cultural Studies

Duncan Bloy is author of Media Law (Sage 2007) and co-author of Law and the Media (Sweet & Maxwell 2nd edition 2011.) He is a regular contributor to television and radio programmes in Wales commenting on legal matters affecting the media. Recent contributions have covered the Leveson Report, social media and the anonymity provisions in sexual offences cases, broadcasting from court and the legal implications of the French Closer magazine’s photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge. In August 2012 he appeared on New Zealand TV commenting on press regulation in the UK.
A former Head of the University of Glamorgan’s Law School he has also acted as expert legal commentator for BBC Radio Wales on child and family law.

Steve Jones

NUJ Wales

Steve Jones is a member of the National Union of Journalists’ Wales Executive Council and Vice-Chair of the union’s Cardiff & South East Wales Branch.
Before moving to Wales I trained on my home town newspaper The Banbury Guardian in Oxfordshire, where I joined the NUJ in 1988.
A reporter and production journalist whose career has involved stints working in four different editorial departments, my role as a union official has led to a particular interest in issues concerning standards of professional training and development,  ownership and control of the regional newspaper sector and journalistic ethics.

Judith Townend

Meeja Law

Judith Townend is a freelance journalist and researcher. Her doctoral study at the Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism, City University London, examines legal restraints on the media

Judith’s online work can be found at and

Research and Evidence

Damian Radcliffe

Internet and Hyperlocal Media Expert

Damian Radcliffe, Internet and Society Manager at ictQATAR, has been appointed as an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
Damian will provide input to the Cardiff-led AHRC research project on Media, Community and the Creative Citizen, which is due for completion in October 2014.
Damian is a leading expert in the field of online news media and widely acknowledged for his influential work in the area of hyperlocal journalism. Prior to his move to Qatar earlier this year, Damian was Manager for Nations and Regions at Ofcom, the UK communications regulator.

Professor Ian Hargreaves

Professor of Digital Economy, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

The Chair of Digital Economy was created in October 2010 in order to support a cross-departmental research focus on issues arising from the impact of the internet. The Chair is based jointly in Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Cardiff Business School.
Professor Hargreaves’s interests include the impact of digital communications technology on: Journalism, Media, Intellectual Property Issues and the Creative Economy.

Professor Hargreaves was recognised in the Queens Birthday Honours 2012 with a CBE for Services to the Creative Economy and Higher Education.

Sustainability and business models

Rob Taylor

Founder of

Rob Taylor founded the first version of in 2011.  With a background in web development, he set out to bu8ild a website focused purely on Wrexham and the surrounding area.  He has since helped people in Wrexham escape parking fines, helped local traders get their voices heard and has many more plans to take the town forward! Rob doesn’t have spare time, but if he did, he would have hobbies.

Richard Coulter

Editor/Publisher – Filtonvoice

Filtonvoice was launched in October 2011 by Richard Coulter, former Assistant Editor of the Bristol Evening Post. It is a distinctly “hyperlocal” publication, with local news for local people. Filtonvoice are politically independent and take this very seriously.
The magazine is hand delivered to around 4,500 homes in Filton with more copies available in public places, the library, surgeries, shops, etc.

In the Spring of 2012, a second publication Keynshamvoice was launched by Emma Cooper who also works on the commercial side of Filtonvoice.

Looking long-term, we are seeking new opportunities to bring the “Voice” platform to other communities.

Martin Moore

Media Standards Trust

Martin Moore is Director of the Media Standards Trust – an independent charity that looks for ways to foster high standards in news.  He has been working in news and media for over a decade, for the BBC, Channel 4, NTL, IPC Media, Trinity Mirror and others. Martin blogs at:

Dave Boyle

Co-operative UK

Dave Boyle is a writer and consultant. He was formerly vice-chair of the English Football Supporters' Federation and worked at Supporters Direct from 2000-2011, the last three as chief executive.

Dave blogs at: and as @theboyler on Twitter

Engaging and empowering communities

Solana Larson

Global Voices Online

Solana Larsen is the managing editor of Global Voices Online, an international community of bloggers and online activists. She is a Danish-Puerto Rican journalist and activist, and currently lives between New York and Berlin. Previously she was an editor with the global politics website, in London. At Global Voices, Solana helps lead a dynamic team of editors and volunteers who report and translate conversations taking place in blogs and citizen media worldwide.

Hannah Waldram

Community Coordinator for News at The Guardian

Hannah Waldram is community coordinator for news at, engaging users on site and the web around with national and international news content.

Hannah previously worked for the Guardian as the beatblogger in Cardiff, and has also worked as a social reporter by Birmingham based Podnosh, the editor of a dance website and she also founded the hyperlocal website

Sara Moseley

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies / Welsh Government

Sara Moseley is on secondment from Welsh Government where, as Director of Communications, she served three consecutive administrations leading all aspects of government communications including press and media, digital, publicity and civil contingencies.

Since starting her career as a BBC News Journalist, Sara has led a number of multi-disciplinary, award winning communication teams in the Health Service, economic development and third sector across the UK. 

Over the next two years, Sara will be focusing on a number of new ventures including the establishment of a Centre for Community Journalism and work with the UK Government’s Cabinet Office on advanced professional development and academic accreditation.

As head of the Government’s communication profession in Wales, Sara was instrumental in establishing CommsCymru, a network of cross sector public service communicators focused on joint working, learning and development. Sara will continue to Chair this whilst at Cardiff University and to front bi-annual events for members.

Building a network in Wales

Dr. Andy Williams

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Andy Williams is a lecturer at Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. He was previously the RCUK Research Fellow in Risk, Health and Science Communication (2008-10). He has a number of research interests which intersect journalism studies and cultural studies. His current major research interests relate to news sources and the influence of public relations on the UK media, especially in the area of science, health and environment news.

Andy has provided expert opinion and advice to a number of government bodies, media groups and provisional associations – including the BBC, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Expert Group on Science and the Media, the National Union of Journalists and the Welsh Assembly Broadcasting Subcommittee.

Dylan Iorwerth

Editor/Director “Golwg”

Dylan studied History and English at University of Wales, Bangor.  Became an apprentice junior reporter on ‘The Wrexham Leader’ and passed the NCTJ exams - National Council for the Training of Journalists.
Worked in the News Department, Radio Cymru, helped to establish a Sunday paper ‘Sulyn’ and worked as a Welsh political reporter for BBC Wales and S4C.
Helped to establish the magazine 'Golwg' initially as an Editor then Editor/Director. Also, the magazine ‘Wcw a'i Ffrindiau’, and publishing 'Lingo Newydd'.

As editor and director of Golwg,. Dylan writes for Golwg Services, the company's arm that produces material for outside customers - from video work to pamphlets, from websites to magazines. He is also responsible for editing the magazine, 'Wcw a'i Ffrindiau' for little children!

Huw Marshall

Digital Manager S4C

Huw Marshall joined S4C in November 2012 as their Digital Manager. Previously he worked in the independent production sector as a producer, director and media consultant.

He has been active on the Welsh language digital scene for several years promoting the use of the Welsh language online.

He tweets a lot……. @marshallmedia follow him at your peril.

Professor Justin Lewis

Head of School, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Justin Lewis is Professor of Communication and Head of the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and a Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research.

He has written widely about media, culture and politics. His books include “Constructing Public Opinion” (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001), “Citizens or Consumers: What the media tell us about political participation” (Open University Press, 2005), “Shoot First and Ask Questions Later: Media Coverage of the War in Iraq” (Peter Lang, 2006), “Climate Change and Media” (Peter Lang, 2009) and “The World of 24 Hour News” (Peter Lang, 2010). He has also written books on media audiences, cultural policy and media and race.

Key Factors in making local news hubs successful

Jan Schaffer

Executive Director – J-Lab

Jan Schaffer, is executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalismat the American University School of Communication. Previously, she was business editor and a Pulitzer Prize winner at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

J-Lab has funded more than 90 news start-ups and collaborative pilot projects, awarded more than 250 prizes in journalism innovation, and engaged in groundbreaking research into civic and participatory journalism.

Professor Richard Sambrook

Director – Centre for Journalism, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Richard Sambrook is Professor of Journalism and Director for the Centre for Journalism which undertakes postgraduate vocational training. He is former Director of Global News at the BBC where he worked as a journalist for 30 years as a Producer, Editor and Manager.

Rhichard has been a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University where he undertook research into the future of international newsgathering and the place of impartiality and objectivity in the digital world.

Selecting your sessions

When registering for the conference you will be asked which workshop you wish to attend from each of the three sessions. The schedule is below:

Session 1

  • How to set up HyperLocal platforms, open source sites and using multi platforms
  • Using social media to gather news and build audience
  • Law, ethics and accreditation in a digital age
  • Research and Evidence

Session 2

  • Sustainability and business models
  • Engaging and empowering communities
  • Building a network in Wales
  • Key Factors in making local news hubs successful

Session 3

  • Using social media to gather news and build audience (Repeated Session)
  • Law, ethics and accreditation in a digital age (Repeated Session)
  • Engaging and empowering communities (Repeated Session)
  • Key Factors in making local news hubs successful (Repeated Session)