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Community Journalism Conference

Workshops

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

Contributors:

Sarah Hartley (Managing Director, Talk About Local)
Glyn Mottershead (Lecturer, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies)

With the advent of digital technology anybody can become a publisher. The trick is knowing which one is the best for for you. This workshop looks at different low, or no-cost, platforms that can be the basis for community news hubs which are flexible, self moving and audience focussed.

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

Contributors:

Emma Meese (Media & Training Development Manager, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies)
Simon Milner (Director of Policy at Facebook UK)
Dr. Claire Wardle (Director of Development and Integration, Storyful)

Harness the power of Social media and hear how it can be a journalist’s best friend. This session will offer tips on how to turn social platforms into newsgathering tools to source new stories, contributors and angles. Learn how to listen and engage with your audience, delivering quality content they can’t wait to read.

Law, ethics and accreditation in a digital age

This workshop is sponsored by Capital Law

This workshop is sponsored by Capital Law

Contributors:

Professor Duncan Bloy (Director of International Development – Cardiff School of Journalism, Media  and Cultural Studies)
Steve Jones (NUJ Wales)
Judith Townend (Meeja Law)

What must you know and cover to run a community new enterprise legally and ethically? This taster session will cover the underpinning legal requirements and knowledge and explore what additional tools and training might be needed. The first session will look at requirements for accreditation and the second at new areas of law emerging as result of expanding use of social media.

Research and Evidence

Contributors:

Damian Radcliffe (Internet and Hyperlocal Media Expert)
Professor Ian Hargreaves (Professor of Digital Economy, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies)

This session looks at the evidence we now have for what is happening globally and closer to home in the field of community and hyper local news and will work to identify the gaps that need to be filled. What are the emerging news ventures? Where are they? What are they covering and how and what is the potential for transforming the way news is gathered and consumed. Information covered will include brand new research findings from Cardiff University on content and sources.

Sustainability and business models

Contributors:

Rob Taylor (Founder of Wrexham.com)
Richard Coulter (Editor/Publisher – Filtonvoice)
Martin Moore (Media Standards Trust)
Dave Boyle (Co-operative UK)

Business models for growing and sustaining community news hubs are still developing. This session looks at different ways of raising revenue with practitioners sharing their experiences. We will start to explore innovative ways of supporting new enterprise and possible interactions with other media business’. Outcomes from this workshop will feed into the development of the Centre for community Journalism and into ideas for future projects.

Engaging and empowering communities

Contributors:

Solana Larson (Global Voices Online)
Hannah Waldram (Community Coordinator for News at The Guardian)
Sara Moseley (Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies / Welsh Government)

A look at the opportunities offered by digital technologies to involve and engage communities in creating and sharing their own news and stories and raising the issues most important to them. Can we learn from what is happening globally so as to develop and sustain shared spaces for news and information created by and for communities?

Closer to home, can this be a spur to involving excluded communities in regeneration and enterprise and in engaging with public organizations over the decisions that will shape their environment and futures?

Building a network in Wales

Contributors:

Dr. Andy Williams (Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies)
Dylan Iorwerth
(Editor/Director “Golwg”)
Huw Marshall (Digital Manager S4C)
Professor Justin Lewis (Head of School, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies)

This session looks at the current picture in Wales and will examines the opportunities for developing a vibrant and sustainable network of community news hubs enabled and supported by the Centre for Community Journalism and others. Building on the excellent innovation and practice already going on, participants will start to form the outline of tools, training, support and networks needed to provide the optimum environment for future sustainable development.

This will include digital development and delivery through the medium of English and Welsh and potential links to broadcasters and policy makers. Contributions made here will contribute to future action and to building the network.

Key Factors in making local news hubs successful

Contributors:

Jan Schaffer (Executive Director – J-Lab)
Professor Richard Sambrook (Director – Centre for Journalism, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies)

Jan Schaffer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and leads J-Lab, one of the USA's most successful incubators for news entrepreneurs. J-Lab has funded more than 90 news startups and collaborative pilot projects, awarded more than 250 prizes in journalism innovation, and engaged in groundbreaking research into civic and participatory journalism.

J-Lab's new report, "Networked Journalism: What Works," tracks a three-year effort to partner nine traditional news organizations with independent news startups in their communities. This workshop will share key insights into how to create local news and information hubs that engage and inform citizens.

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)