Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Pobl Caerdydd, a hyperlocal news website set up by the Centre for Community Journalism, celebrated its first birthday on Saturday at the Welsh language festival, Tafwyl.
The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said that "Seeing the Welsh language thrive as a living language is the Government's vision for Wales. So it is very pleasing to see that over 11,000 people have used the service since it was launched last year."
The Centre for Community Journalism, which is part of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), provides support and training for community journalists, and helped to establish Pobl Caerdydd, a community journalism project serving Welsh language speakers in Cardiff.
Pobl Caerdydd is a digital newspaper and provides news and events for people in Cardiff through the medium of Welsh and was launched at last year's Tafwyl event.
Since then it has steadily grown and now has nearly 2,000 Twitter followers and its website has been visited by over 11,000 users. The population of Welsh speakers in Cardiff is 36,000.
Sara Moseley, Development Director at JOMEC, said "These figures show the demand for this provision and the great potential of Pobl Caerdydd. We have created a strong foundation over the past year, and our hope now is to develop the service further by building on this promising start."