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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Park and Dare Theatre Treorchy
Those interested in taking part in a Rhonnda news service can join the meetings from Nov 14 until Dec 12 in the Park and Dare, Treorchy.

The Centre for Community Journalism is helping to set-up a hyperlocal news site in the Rhondda Cynon Taf village of Treorchy.

Situated 20 miles to the North of Cardiff in the one-time home of the Burberry clothing factory, Treorchy will serve as a hub and launch pad for a community news service for the Rhondda.

“The location chose itself really for two reasons” explained Centre for Community Journalism Director Emma Meese. “We came across Treorchy resident Alex Bevan’s ‘The Valleys are Here’ counter-campaign to MTV’s ‘The Valleys are Coming’ promotional trail. So we knew the area already had a voice.”

Emma explained the second reason was an approach to set up a hyperlocal news service from the National Theatre Wales having completed a month-long residency in Treorchy to ensure community engagement continued after their residency.

National Theatre Wales Media Officer, Catrin Rogers, explained: “Hyperlocal news sites are a fantastic way for communities to hold a conversation and to revive local journalism.

“Our commitment to community engagement, especially digital, is driven by a desire to see more ventures like these, all over Wales. It's a wonderful coincidence Centre for Community Journalism shares this vision, so we are very pleased to be supporting their bid to create a new hyperlocal in Treorchy.”

As a result the Centre for Community Journalism has hosted its first meetings in Treorchy for interested parties to discuss how the new service will function, which have included journalism students, local traders, council staff and marketers.

The community meetings continue throughout November and into December. “You don’t have to come from the area to help - any enthusiastic volunteers who would like to write stories, take photographs and help create websites/social media channels are welcome” said Emma.

Dates of the meetings are as follows and take place in the Jacob Rees room at the Park and Dare Theatre, 6 – 7pm.

  • 14 November 2013
  • 21 November 2013
  • 28 November 2013
  • 5 December2013
  • 12 December 2013

For more information call the Centre’s Communications Officer Hannah Scarbrough on 029 2087 0101 or email  Alternatively Hannah and Emma can be found in room 0.32 on the ground floor of Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies home, Bute Building.

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