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Cwmni Da wins NESTA Competition

Cwmni Da are delighted to announce the success of their entry to a high-profile, UK-wide technology competition. The company’s bid in partnership with the Caernarfon’s Welsh language newspaper ‘Papur Dre’ and Coleg Menai was one of only 10 prizes awarded from a total of 165 applicants to the UK Government’s ‘Destination Local’ programme.  The programme is being run by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA), and aims to develop hyperlocal news services across the UK.

Destination LocalThe winning bid will allow  ‘Papur Dre’ to move into an exciting new digital era. Media students from Coleg Menai will create video news stories for a brand new website and mobile app being built by Cwmni Da’s Interactive  team. The Caernarfon-based media company will also mentor the students and provide production facilities on the project.

“We’re very excited that our bid has been successful”, said Dylan Huws, Cwmni Da’s Managing Director.  “This is great news for Gwynedd, and we’ve been given a real opportunity to help Papur Dre face the challenges of the digital era.” The  project will provide new computers and training for the volunteers who staff the Welsh language newspaper which serves a circulation of 1,400. “This is an important development  for us” said Papur Dre’s editor Glyn Tomos. “The award allows us to develop a digital hyperlocal service alongside our traditional print newspaper, and the chance to use professionally produced video news will give  the service a real boost.”

The project will be used by the Government to assess the difficulties and barriers faced by hyperlocal news services across the UK. The £47,000 award will also see a new partnership developing between Cwmni Da, one of the area’s top employers, and the public and education sectors. “We have recently been developing our media department here at Coleg Menai, and this project will give our students invaluable experience working alongside one of Wales’ top media companies.” said Aled Jones-Griffith, Faculty Director .

The project will run from July, and the new service will be in place by February 2013.

This video by Coleg Menai students explains how the service will work.