Friday, August 8, 2014
The bilingual service which is called Llais y Maes or Voice from the Field, is being run by an editorial team of seven Cardiff University students.
The National Eisteddfod of Wales initially approached Centre for Community Journalism last year to produce an experimental student-run blog at the festival. After the success of the project, a fully-fledged digital newspaper at this year’s event was planned.
Llais y Maes provided an alternative view of the festival, showcasing a variety of events in and around the Eisteddfod, as well as interviews, films and photos documenting the most extraordinary sights on the Maes.
Toby Mott, a JOMEC undergraduate student and one of the website’s editors for the week, said: "I’m hoping the opportunity to help produce a digital newspaper for one of the world’s greatest cultural festivals will not only allow me to hone my journalistic skills in a professional environment, but also give me an insight into what makes people return to the National Eisteddfod of Wales time and time again."
The students will have access to the highest standard of digital media training from Emma Meese, Manager of the Centre for Community Journalism, and Sali Collins, Lecturer at the School and also a former Editor at BBC Radio 5 Live.
The school’s involvement in the Eisteddfod is an extension of the school’s growing provision for Welsh speaking students. Students who arrive at Cardiff this year will be able to choose a new Welsh language Journalism Studies undergraduate module, run by Sali Collins, who leads the Welsh medium provision in JOMEC.
The Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ), which is part of Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, offers networking, information and training for community journalists. The Centre has recently delivered a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Community Journalism, hosted by the Open University's FutureLearn platform, which attracted nearly 9,000 learners from 113 countries.