Join the conversation – C4CJ launches hyperlocal forum

By Matt Abbott | 6th Apr 2017

We are delighted to announce the launch of an exciting new platform to share information, tips and ideas.

The Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ) has created an online forum for community journalists and hyperlocals which launches today, 6th April

The forum was developed in response to a demand from the sector for an open online space to debate and discuss ideas, knowledge and innovation.

The pioneering project also incorporates a private space where users can discuss sensitive information eg: advertising rates and printing costs.

Centre Manager Emma Meese said: ‘We are delighted to be launching the forum on our website.

‘The sector is a melting pot of skills and knowledge, from promising start-ups to established and successful businesses.

‘But reaching out and meeting up in person is difficult. There is no hyperlocal version of Fleet Street or the Press Club; and no village hall big enough to accommodate the 400+ hyperlocals in the UK.

‘We believe that the forum will help foster a space for innovation, and relationships – which otherwise wouldn’t be possible – to grow and thrive.’

The forum will be available on this C4CJ website, via a link in the top right-hand corner of the homepage, and visitors to the site will be able to register as a hyperlocal, or simply as a person interested in this field.

If you’re already a member of the C4CJ’s hyperlocal network and your publication is on our map, you will have received an email to update your login details to gain access to the forum.

For members who have previously reset their password to take part in the beta testing of the forum, just continue to the site as normal. You do not need to reset your password again.

If you’re not yet a member of the network, but want to join the conversation, you can register here.

The forum has been developed by Dan Davies of Gecko Digital Media based in Cardiff.

C4CJ recently announced plans to set up a representative network for hyperlocal publishers. The forum is the first of many deliverables the network aims to provide.

Thanks, and enjoy the conversation!

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