New initiative to support Welsh language digital journalism

By Sara Moseley | 21st Jan 2015

Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism and Welsh news magazine Golwg are inviting communities throughout Wales to take part in a new initiative to learn digital journalism and publishing skills in Welsh.

Digidol ar Daith Logo v2 shortDigidol ar Daith’ will be holding free training sessions in 12 communities from Llangefni to Llandeilo and are urging anyone with an interest in creating and sharing news and information in Welsh to sign up.

Emma Meese, Centre Manager and trainer, said:

“This is a great opportunity for anyone – a club, sports group, papur bro or individual – to get first-class training and inspiration and to meet like-minded people in their community.

“The half-day training sessions will be accompanied by practical on-line tutorials and printed guidelines.

“We’ll be covering core digital and journalism skills and showing people some of the tools that are available to facilitate the use of major social media and digital channels in Welsh.

“We hope the day will be highly enjoyable and will be the start of some great developments.”

Supported by the Welsh Government’s £52,000 Welsh Medium Technology and Digital Media Grant, the aim is to see more and better Welsh language content on-line and to support vibrant community journalism.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “Wales has a proud tradition of sharing community news. This initiative, supported by the Welsh Government, uses the latest digital technology to support the Welsh language as a living, every-day language, and to develop methods to exchange news, views and local knowledge. This will not only promote the language but Will also help make our communities great places to live. ”

Training will be delivered by Emma Meese, who is a BBC Social Media trainer as well as manager of the Centre for Community Journalism, and Dylan Iorwerth, Editor Director at Golwg and one of the most respected journalists working in the Welsh language today.

Digidol ar Daith has been developed by the Centre for Community Journalism, a unique fusion of research, community support and training based in the leading School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies. It is one of Cardiff University’s flagship engagement projects which aim to share knowledge and expertise for the benefit of communities in Wales.

Training will be held as follows:

Mold                                   10 February

Llanrwst                            11 February

Llangefni                            11 February

Caernarfon                        12 February

Porthmadog                      12 February

Builth Wells                       13 February

Aberystwyth                      3 March

Lampeter                           3 March

Whitland                             6 March

Cardiff                                 11 March

Llanelli                                13 March

Llandeilo                            13March

Full details are available below.

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Notes: 

  1. Participants can sign up for one of the training session as follows:

http://bit.ly/DigidolarDaith

  1. News and updates are available on:

https://twitter.com/digidolardaith

www.facebook.com/DigidolArDaith

  1. On-line tutorials to support the campaign are available through the Centre for Community Journalism. Some have already been uploaded with more to follow:

www.digidolardaith.com

  1. The University’s flagship engagement projects work with communities on issues such as tackling poverty, boosting the economy, and improving health, education and wellbeing. For more information: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/about/our-profile/engagement/flagship-projects
  1. More information on Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism can be found at:

http://www.communityjournalism.co.uk/en/

https://twitter.com/C4CJ

  1. For further information and to request an interview, contact:

Hannah Scarbrough: 029 2087 0101; email:  scarbroughh1@cf.ac.uk

or

Kevin Leonard: 029 2087 0752; email: leonardk2@cardiff.ac.uk.

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