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Four new Cardiff hyperlocal websites

Here’s news about four new Cardiff local websites I’ve just started developing…


I’ve been running two hyperlocal websites in north Wales for a couple of years now.

I started writing about growing up in Abergele online in 2001. Then a Cardiff local blogging explosion in 2010 inspired me to take things up a notch and move the site to wordpress¬† at I’ve been so pleased with how this site has turned out, thanks largely to our contributing editors David Huges with 63 posts, Dennis Parr with 14, Nigel Hinton with 8 and John Bowman with 3.

My second site is a Welsh-language one all about my birthplace Colwyn Bay. has been a project which has enabled me to pilot proofs of concepts in the Welsh language. This is really important to me as there are 50+ papurau bro (community newspapers) in print form, and this fantastic volunteer-led energy needs the tools to be able to migrate online too.

Over the last few months, I’ve started developing four new sites about areas of north Cardiff where I now live: Llandaf, Llandaff North, Fairwater and Radyr.

I’ve just done what I suggest to anyone who’s setting up a new local blog. I’ve let OpenlyLocal, the Centre for Community Journalism and the Media Trust’s Local360Network know about their existence.

The hardest thing now is going to be finding the time to maintain the links to develop these sites.




Just one month to go until DS6 digital storytelling in Aberystwyth

DS Cymru’s Esko Reinikainen has just updated that group’s Ning portal to say that, with a month to go, registration is open for the festival. The full list of speakers is out on the DS6 website.

I think this year’s event has a broad appeal to all digital storytelling practitioners. But I think this year’s program will appeal especially to those using digital storytelling in the Health sector. Two of the speakers – Patient Voices’ Pip Hardy and StoryWorks’ Karen Lewis – have deep experience in this field.

Another sector that I’m expecting to find attending are people who work in Education. I know from my dealings with ISTE (hat-tip to Kent Manning) that there’s tremendous interest across the Atlantic in the educational application of digital storytelling and I know that some forward-thinking schools and colleges in Wales and the UK as a whole are introducing digital storytelling into their classrooms.

Angeline Koh of Digital Storytelling Asia is speaking and so is Julie Gade of Story Field, as well as Pip Hardy. There are breakouts about Hyperlocal media and by Hannah Nicklin as well as StoryWorks.

As Esko just said on the Ning group: “See you in Aberystwyth in a month” and spread the word.

Blink Mobile Media Activity Day 14-16 May 2011

Joe Lambert’s DS Working Group is quite an active Facebook group, formed especially for digital storytellers.
It was on that group I learned that the Blink Mobile Media Activity Day takes place 14-16 May, the weekend before the Fourth International Day for Sharing Life Stories.

Joe says:
“If you have an iPhone, or other such device, you should make a film and share it that weekend.”
I dusted off the trusty Nokia N93 and had a go today, just to test the tech (see video below).
I hope you’re able to join in the fun next weekend. Blink and you’ll miss it.

Life as a transgender person – digital story

Jenny-Anne Bishop explains what life was like as a transgender person growing up and living in Wales. She talks about the difficult experiences she has had with her family as a result of her transition.

It’s one of four digital stories made by StoryWorks for the Equality and Human Rights Commission Wales and I first saw it at their workshop for journalists and programme-makers called ‘Not just another statistic‘ on 17 January 2011 in Cardiff.

Guardian columnist Juliet Jacques spoke about trans-related portrayal challenges and Romani journalist Jake Bowers called for the media to stop being so shockingly racist when covering Gypsy and Traveller Community stories. Jake works with the Travellers’ Times – an organisation that has had a strong presence and a stall at Aberystwyth digital storytelling conferences DS2, DS3, DS4 and DS5.

As a two-minute way of getting a first-person point of view across, digital stories work better than any amount of powerpoint slides. It’s great to see this form being used as way of pressing for change in media portrayal and in increasing wider understanding of some of the people who are most likely to experience discrimination in our society.