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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The Forum

Join the conversation. Join The Hyperlocal Forum Today to learn, connect and share with other community journalists.

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UK Government still reluctant to support independent news

As happened during the first national lockdown, local restrictions threaten to undermine the already fragile sustainability of the independent news…

The public good independent news publishers are doing needs to be recognised

This article was previously published on the Behind Local News website If the internet and social media created the perfect…

The Caerphilly Observer issues rallying cry to beat second lockdown

The headline of the current issue of the Caerphilly Observer reads: ‘Let’s do this’. It is, of course, referring to…

Editor looks back on 15 years of title as bitternepark.info celebrates its 15th birthday

As ICNN member bitternepark.info celebrates its fifteenth birthday, editor Guy Phillips looks back on how it all started, at some…

Independent news publishers in Scotland launch Government-backed public health campaign.

Today (20/08/20) our members in Scotland have launched a three-week advertising partnership with the Scottish Government and supported by ICNN.…

ICNN has issued over 80 membership cards since the start of lockdown.

The day the lockdown came into effect it became apparent that members of ICNN needed identification to perform their roles…

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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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