Cardiff University Online Course on Community Journalism

Cardiff University is currently offering online course to anyone with an interest in journalism or social and digital media, and in connecting their communities online. This 5-weeks course is aimed at helping in launching applicants’ own community or hyperlocal site.

This course helps in gaining practical skills and insights into hyperlocal journalism, and use digital and social media to create your own news website. The course starting date is on February 8, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 5 weeks
Effort:  4 hours/week
Subject: Community Journalism
Institution: Cardiff University and FutureLearn
Languages: English
Price:  Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on February 8, 2016.

Providers’ Details

Cardiff University’s breadth of expertise in research and teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

FutureLearn offers diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.

About This Course

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.Whether applicants want to launch and support their own site – or simply study this new media sector – this free online course will give them both useful insights and practical skills.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. Applicants can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalized certificate in both digital and printed formats — to show that you’ve taken part.

Applicants will 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.

Learning Outcomes

The course will give a broader understanding of Community Journalism and how it’s developed, as well as insights into the experiences of those already operating community sites. It will cover core journalism principles, skills and practice as part of the course, as well as hands-on skills in creating and sustaining hyperlocal sites.


Richard Sambrook (Educator)
Richard Sambrook is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism.


This course is open to:
– anyone with an interest in journalism or social and digital media, and in connecting their communities online. No prior qualifications are required.
– practicing journalists or more experienced students will be particularly interested in learning about current developments in hyperlocal and community journalism in the digital environment.

How To Join This Course

  1. Go to the course website link.
  2. Sign Up At FutureLearn
  3. Select a course and Join
  4. Once a course has started, you will be able to access the course material
  5. After the start date, you will be able to access the course by following the Go To Course link on your My Courses page.
  6. Applicants can buy, to show that you’ve completed a FutureLearn course.
  7. On some FutureLearn courses, learners will be able to pay to take an exam to qualify for a Statement of Attainment. (These are university-branded, printed certificates that provide proof of learning on the course topic(s)). 

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