What Is Llanelli Online?
Llanelli Online is your one stop shop for news, sport, events and everything Llanelli. We are a hyperlocal site dedicated to Llanelli and the surrounding areas in Carmarthenshire.
We are fast becoming Llanelli’s number one choice for news, business, sport, events and community pages.
Why An Online Newspaper?
Newspapers in print are in crisis and large towns like Llanelli risk losing their local, independent coverage of news. Many smaller, independent papers are being bought over by larger conglomerates and then shut down, leaving towns and villages in the dark, risking the values of democracy and freedom of information.
Llanelli Online was born out of necessity when the oldest local newspaper’s website closed and they shut down their offices.
What Do We Do?
We started a community based, online hyperlocal news site, which delivers your news, about your community, to your home, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without ever having to buy a newspaper again.
Llanelli Online is about capturing the local and national news using the latest technology while remaining true to the traditional values of journalism. We have created a Hyperlocal news site that will report exclusively on Llanelli’s news issues, community events and sporting events, as well as being a portal for you to share those things that are important to you and a place to see offers and advertisements from businesses in the surrounding area. Llanelli Online is a local site, for local people, outlining local issues.
What Is Unique About What We Do?
Llanelli Online is filling the void left by the removal of our regional, independent newspapers. People have turned to Llanelli Online to provide that service. We are unique because we can provide regional, community-centred news, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the touch of a button or the click of a mouse. We are journalists from Llanelli, living in Llanelli who are fully invested in and committed to the community – we want the people of Llanelli to be able to continue to receive local news, reported by local people, at any time of the day or night.
How Does It Work?
If there is a news story we are there. If there is a large sporting event, we are there. If there is a large community gathering, we are there. Llanelli Online is hyperlocal featuring all that is happening in the community including charity events, court reports, council meetings, community events, grass roots and professional sports, local and national news. As well as being uploaded to the main website, all posts are shared across the main social networks and Llanelli Online also targets large audiences such as schools, community groups, sports teams, large organisations and businesses. Llanelli Online also includes business section to encourage local people to use and support local businesses.
What Do We Want To Achieve
We created a skeleton site and in the first 6 weeks the site drew 60,000 visitors. Since then we have reached visitor numbers in excess of 80,000 per month and hits in excess of 3 million per month. There is a real thirst for local news, told by local people and here at Llanelli Online we believe that we are bucking the trend and catering for a new emerging audience. The site has been listed as a ‘beacon’ for the town by Cardiff University’s School of Journalism.
We want to continue to build Llanelli Online to become the ‘go-to’ site not only for the local community of Llanelli but also local charity organisations, local businesses and schools and colleges. We eventually plan to include dedicated pages for community groups, businesses and educational organisations. We want Llanelli Online to be the ‘one-stop shop’ for regional news, issues and events.
To achieve this, we need your support. As the site grows Llanelli Online hopes to take on graduates in journalism/social media and any other necessary staff members required for the efficient running of the website. We have already taken on and trained a young reporter, Iwan Lewis. Llanelli Online will become a means of helping to increase employment in the area.
We Value Your Help
So how will we achieve this? To be able to maintain and progress Llanelli Online, we need your support. We’re not just asking for “something for nothing”. Not only will you be able to benefit from 24/7 local news by local people, we are also offering you amazing rewards, to thank you for your support and so that you can say that you were part of creating Llanelli Online, a valuable, regional news portal. If you would simply like to donate you can use the donate facility on our website.
We are also looking for potential investors and business partners.
Job & Training Opportunities
We offer training for existing media students and we are always looking for interns who wish to gain valuable experience within the media industry. If you woluld like an informal chat about joining Llanelli Online please email firstname.lastname@example.org