Emma Meese

Manager, Centre for Community Journalism, Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Manager, Centre for Community Journalism



Emma is a journalist who works in the local, community and hyperlocal news sector. Following 14 years at the BBC she joined Cardiff University to set up the Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ). As manager of C4CJ she works with news publishers, academics, governments, charities and businesses worldwide with the aim of strengthening and sustaining the community news sector.

This year Emma founded The Independent Community News Network (ICNN), the UK’s first representative body for the independent community and hyperlocal news sector. As director of ICNN Emma promotes the interests of community and hyperlocal publishers and champions new sustainable forms of local digital and print journalism.

During her time at the BBC Emma was a senior producer/director and also self shot and edited her own content before becoming a social media producer, trainer and consultant for the BBC.

Over the past six years Emma has gained a reputation as a respected trainer - teaching social media, journalism, mobile journalism and digital skills.

Having set up a number of local news publications and trained the editorial teams in print, online and mobile news publishing Emma then experimented with establishing two mobile journalism (MoJo) exclusive newsrooms. All content was created and uploaded exclusively on mobile devices.

15 October 2018

Local News & Community Engagement

2 November 2017

The Future of News is Community