Community journalism is a growing area of interest for professional journalists, academics and the wider public. The decline of local newspapers and radio stations, coupled with the low cost of publishing online, means there are more community journalism and hyperlocal websites being launched everyday.
Launch your own community or hyperlocal site
Whether you want to launch and support your own site - or simply study this new media sector - this free online course will give you both useful insights and practical skills.
Community journalism is an area that combines elements of traditional journalism with the new opportunities brought about by digital and social media, so we’ll look at:
setting up a community website
exploring different forms of community – local, professional or personal
identifying and building an audience
creating content and establishing a workflow to sustain the site
using Wordpress, Twitter and Facebook
managing an online community
and abiding by media law and ethics.
Learn with the UK’s first community journalism centre
You’ll learn with the UK’s first academic Centre for Community Journalism, launched by Cardiff University in 2013 to help nurture and study this growing sector.
This will give you a broader understanding of the field and how it’s developed, as well as insights into the experiences of those already operating community sites.
Join other learners who’ve launched their own sites
This course first ran in April 2014 and many learners went on to start or improve their own hyperlocal sites, such as Cwmbran Life and EastGrinsteadOnline.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.