Welcome to Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism

The Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ) is one of Cardiff University's flagship engagement projects that delivers on the University's commitment to the communities of Cardiff, Wales and beyond. It is the centre of excellence for independent community journalism in the UK and Europe. We offer networking, research & information, and training for hyperlocal and community journalists, and support the development of new and existing forms of sustainable local digital and print journalism across the UK.

What We Do

Connect with hyperlocals around the world

Put your publication on the map.

We have built a network of independent community and hyperlocal news publications from Sydney, Australia to Sao Paulo Brazil; from Chongqing, China to Darlington, County Durham. Explore our map to find a hyperlocal in your area or to see how this versatile sector is growing around the world. You can even join the network by adding your own publication to the map.

What Is a Hyperlocal?

The Independent Community News Network (ICNN) is the UK’s representative body for the independent community news sector.

We exist to promote the interests of community and hyperlocal publishers in the UK, and to champion new and sustainable forms of local digital and print journalism. We are the voice of over 100 community news brands in the UK. Our objectives are to increase recognition of community publishers and the vital work they do; make representations on their behalf to policy makers, regulatory bodies, third sector funders, businesses and other organisations, and fight for better opportunities for all.

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ICNN hosts a dedicated private Facebook Group for members to discuss all things community journalism, share tips and ask other practitioners for advice.

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Watch a replay of the C4CJ/ICNN Conference.

The Centre for Community Journalism & the Independent Community News Network ran its 2021 conference, Community Journalism | Building a…

A Toolkit for Publishers

By Dr. Julia Boelle. With the emergence of a global pandemic and the world’s increased need for local news, independent…

Agenda revealed for Community Journalism: Building a Sustainable Future

The Centre for Community Journalism & The Independent Community News Network is delighted to announce who will be speaking at…

Community Journalism: Building a Sustainable Future

The Centre for Community Journalism & the Independent Community News Network is delighted to announce its 2021 conference, Community Journalism…

West Leeds Dispatch wins £112,000 Lottery award

Independent community news publisher West Leeds Dispatch has been given a huge boost after its bid for National Lottery funding…

Salford Star to close after 15 years

The award winning Salford Star, believed to be the country’s longest running community media outlet, is set to close after…

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Free Wordpress Theme

Designed just for you

Our free WordPress theme has been designed with independent community news publications in mind. The theme is easily customisable even with little technical knowledge, and contains features such as a scrolling headline area, built-in news categories, social links and advertising space. It is also a fully responsive design so it looks great on laptops, tablets and mobile phone screens. It’s a great start for anyone who wants to set up a new community news website.

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C4CJ Training

We provide advice and assistance on the most commonly needed areas of knowledge for practitioners & those setting up a news hub.

C4CJ Research

In this section we share research and evidence about hyperlocal and community journalism produced by us and by others.

C4CJ Resources

Cardiff University's School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is the top rated NCTJ training centre in the UK.

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