Set up your own community news website for your village


ARE YOU a community group keen on promoting your village or town? Would you like to get your community voice heard online? Would you like a community news website covering the place where you live?

Websites like the Hedon Blog provide community news and other information relevant to a particular place. They provide a platform for groups to let people know what activities and events they have planned. They can also help communities get organised with online petitions and online surveys.

It’s now really easy to get online and get your voice published. It needn’t cost you a penny! However, it’s not just about getting online; it’s also about collecting news within your village, it’s writing that up in a way that’s going to attract the interest of your audience, it’s about publishing and sharing that information to the widest possible audience in your area.

It’s not all easy, and it can take some time to build up your audience. As the Editor of HU12 Online, I can help you in that task. Using freely available software, I can take you through the whole process of designing your website, researching and publishing your first articles, the basics of news-gathering and journalistic practice, building your audience, advertising your website, and planning for its long-term success.

If you want some help in setting up your community news-gathering website for your village or neighbourhood, then I can help!

  • Course 1: Setting up a website and simple group tutorial. Group Cost – £150 plus expenses.
  • Course 2: This includes the above course and extra session support on “Becoming a Beat Blogger!” Group Cost – £250 plus expenses.

All those gaining through the above courses will benefit from becoming part of a wider support network of community Beat Bloggers.

If you think I might be able to help your community group or organisation get going with community news, blogging, Twitter and Facebook – then e-mail me at

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About Ray Duffill (Editor) 3087 Articles
Ray Duffill (photo by Neil Holmes) is a former community development manager but now describes himself as a beat-blogger or citizen-journalist. Ray lives in Hedon and founded the Hedon Blog and is the Hedon correspondent for the Holderness Gazette.

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