Announcing the programme for Building the Future of Community Journalism: a conference

By Matt Abbott | 9th Jan 2018

With just two days to go until C4CJ’s biennial conference: Building the Future of Community Journalism, we’re delighted to announce the programme for the day.

The event, sponsored by Google News Labs, is being held at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC), Cardiff, and will start at 09:00 on January 11th. The conference will be followed by the launch of the Independent Community News Network (ICNN) at the Welsh Assembly building (Senedd) at 18:30-19:30.

We’ve taken a different approach to our conference this year, and have tried to deliver a mix of talks, panels, and practical workshops, as well as a nod to Talk About Local with an unconference-y session in the afternoon where delegates can choose to discuss one of four topics: advertising, data, collaboration, or business models.

We’re excited to have as our keynote speaker, Grant Feller, who this year wrote a stark portrait of local news in the era of Grenfell for the British Journalism Review. Grant spent his early career working for local newspapers in Kensington and argues that making news before it happens has become somewhat of a lost art form; one that desperately needs to be recovered.

James Hatts from London Se1 was on the ground when terror attacks plagued London over the summer and is on hand to talk us through covering breaking news when it happens in your neighbourhood.

Keith Magnum from the Hackney Citizen, one of only four independent community news publishers to have been awarded a contract with the BBC’s Local Democracy Partnership scheme, discusses holding local power to account.

Fiona Davidson of the Ferret, who is passionate about improving opportunities for underrepresented groups in the media has been working with the NUJ on a project to promote Stronger Voices in Scotland and has agreed to share her findings.

We’re excited to say we have one of Mediashift’s Digital Media’s Top Innovators 2018: wife and husband duo Sumaiya Omar, a social media consultant, and Yusuf Omar, a journalist, launched social video platform Hashtag Our Stories as a way to empower disenfranchised communities to tell their own stories through mobile video.

We also have another of MediaShift’s ‘media innovators to watch in 2018’: Claire Wardle from First Draft News, talking to us about Mis/disinformation and the value of hyperlocal news in building trust from the ground up.

As well as some exciting workshops on Google tools and Snapchat journalism, we also have a panel on the future of print with editors from South Leeds Life, Caerphilly Observer, Waltham Forest Echo, and the Local Voice Network discussing how hyperlocals are bucking the trend; as well as Megan Lucero talking to us about the work of the Bureau Local.

We hope you’re as excited about this fantastic line-up as we are, and we hope to see you bright and early Thursday morning for coffees, teas and pastries on the second floor of the WMC in Cardiff Bay.

All morning sessions take place in the Preseli Room

09:00 – 09:30

REGISTRATION AND MORNING COFFEE

09:30 – 10:00

OPENING REMARKS

Richard Sambrook (@Sambrook) – Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff School of Journalism

Emma Meese (@Emmameese) – Manager of the Centre for Community Journalism, and Director of ICNN

Elin Jones AM (@ElinCeredigion) – Presiding Officer

10:00 – 10:30

KEYNOTE: GRENFELL AND THE LOST ART OF REPORTING: MAKING NEWS BEFORE IT HAPPENS

Grant Feller (@Grantfeller) – Storyteller and media consultant gf-media.co.uk

10:30 – 10:55

‘FIVE THINGS I LEARNT FROM COVERING A TERRORIST ATTACK IN MY NEIGHBOURHOOD’

James Hatts (@James_Hatts) – London Se1

10:55 – 11:10

QUESTIONS FOR GRANT FELLER & JAMES HATTS

11:10 – 11:25

NETWORKING BREAK

11:25 – 11:45

MIS/DISINFORMATION

Claire Wardle (@Cward1e) – Research fellow at @ShorensteinCtr leading @firstdraftnews

Followed by Q&A with Professor Justin Lewis & Professor Stuart Allan

11:45 – 12:25

PANEL: WHY PRINT IS (FAR FROM) DEAD

(Moderated by Andy Williams)

Rich Coulter (@Filtonvoice) – The Voice Network

Richard Gurner (@Richardgurner) – The Caerphilly Observer

James Cracknell (@Jollyjourno) – Waltham Forest Echo

Jeremy Morton (@BeestonJeremy) – South Leeds Life

12:25 – 12:50

THE BUREAU LOCAL: A COLLABORATIVE NETWORK TAKING ON INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Megan Lucero (@Megan_Lucero) – Director of @Bureaulocal

12:50 – 13:05

QUESTIONS FOR PANEL AND MEGAN LUCERO 

13:05 – 13:50

NETWORKING LUNCH

13:50 – 14:20

EMPOWERING MOBILE STORY-TELLING COMMUNITIES (Preseli Room)

Yusuf Omar (@YusufOmarSA) – Hashtag Our Stories

14:25 – 14:55

TABLE TALK / PITCHES

Delegates choose one of the following table talk options:

ADVERTISING, BUSINESS MODELS, DATA or COLLABORATION (Awen)

Or the following pitch:

MAKING CONTENT PAY (David Morgan Room)

Euan Stretch – SWNS

15:00 – 15:25

HOW THE NUJ AND THE FERRET ARE WORKING TO IMPROVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN AND UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS IN SCOTLAND (Preseli Room)

Fiona Davidson (@Fionadavidson2) – The Ferret

15:25 – 15:35

NETWORKING BREAK

15:35 – 16:05

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Delegates choose one of the following breakout sessions

DIGITAL STORY-TELLING / NEWSGATHERING TOOLS FROM THE GOOGLE NEWS LAB (Preseli Room)

Matt Cooke (@Mattcooke_uk) – Google Data Labs

SNAPCHAT FOR JOURNALISTS
(David Morgan Room)

Sumaiya Omar (@Snap_Sumaiya) – Hashtag Our Stories

 16:05 – 16:30

HOLDING LOCAL POWER TO ACCOUNT

Keith Magnum (@Keithmagnum) – Hackney Citizen

16:30 – 16:45

CLOSING REMARKS

 

 

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