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University founds trade body for hyperlocal news publishers

cardiff1A university has launched a new representative body for hyperlocal news publishers.

Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism says its new network for community publishers will fight for “opportunities and fair treatment” for the sector.

The network aims to strengthen and unify the hyperlocal sector by providing lobbying and advocacy, training and networking, as well as providing an online forum space.

It will be free at point of access to all community journalists.

Emma Meese, the centre’s manager, said: “We are at a pivotal point in the development of the hyperlocal and community news sector.

“The Centre for Community Journalism was set up in 2013 and has been providing training and networking opportunities for community journalists ever since.

“As the sector diversifies across multiple different trajectories, it needs a single body to act in its best interests.

“Whilst our vision remains the same, we believe that changing the scope of what we offer will be of even greater benefit to all community journalists across the UK.”


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  • December 13, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Good idea. The Association of Free Newspapers did a great job of doing exactly this in the 80s. Cardiff should ask its old chief, Ian Locks, for advice.

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  • December 15, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    A brilliant idea of supporting the alternative journalism but sadly the Cardiff Univesity operates a horrendous censorship.

    In my case, I’m not allowed to participate in their scheme as my blogs are critical of the new political order in the post-devolution Wales.

    Do pay a relatively high price by voicing opposition to Social Engineering in Wales and often subject to immense online abuse!


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