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New initiative to support Welsh language digital journalism

21 January 2015

Journalism news

The University's Centre for Community Journalism and Welsh news magazine Golwg are inviting communities throughout Wales to take part in a new initiative to learn digital journalism and publishing skills in Welsh.

'Digidol ar Daith' will be holding free training sessions in 12 communities from Llangefni to Llandeilo and are urging anyone with an interest in creating and sharing news and information in Welsh to sign up.

Emma Meese, Centre Manager and trainer, said:

"This is a great opportunity for anyone – a club, sports group, papur broor individual – to get first-class training and inspiration and to meet like-minded people in their community.

"The half-day training sessions will be accompanied by practical on-line tutorials and printed guidelines.

"We'll be covering core digital and journalism skills and showing people some of the tools that are available to facilitate the use of major social media and digital channels in Welsh.

"We hope the day will be highly enjoyable and will be the start of some great developments."

Supported by the Welsh Government, the aim is to see more and better Welsh language content on-line and to support vibrant community journalism.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "Wales has a proud tradition of sharing community news. This initiative, supported by the Welsh Government, uses the latest digital technology to support the Welsh language as a living, every-day language, and to develop methods to exchange news, views and local knowledge. This will not only promote the language but Will also help make our communities great places to live. "

Training will be delivered by Emma Meese, who is a BBC Social Media trainer as well as manager of the Centre for Community Journalism, and Dylan Iorwerth, Editor Director at Golwg and one of the most respected journalists working in the Welsh language today.

Digidol ar Daith has been developed by the Centre for Community Journalism, a unique fusion of research, community support and training based in the leading School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

It is one of the University's flagship engagement projects which aim to share knowledge and expertise for the benefit of communities in Wales.

Training will be held as follows:

Mold - 10 February

Llanrwst - 11 February

Llangefni - 11 February

Caernarfon - 12 February

Porthmadog - 12 February

Builth Wells - 13 February

Aberystwyth - 3 March

Lampeter - 3 March

Whitland - 6 March

Cardiff - 11 March

Llanelli - 13 March

Llandeilo - 13 March

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