Across Britain and around the world, the internet is allowing new forms of community journalism and hyperlocal websites to flourish.
It's an exciting new area of media development.
I'm Richard Sambrook, Professor of Journalism here at Cardiff University, where we have a Centre for Community Journalism which studies and supports these new services.
People more than ever want to know what's going on close to them in their neighbourhoods, in their communities, and they're saying repeatedly that this is the thing the media don't provide for them.
This course will show you successful examples of community journalism, explain the theory behind this new sector, expand the skills you need to launch your own site, and introduce you to a network of people who can help support you in the future.