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'Little J' app to help news collaboration

A new Port Talbot newspaper would use an app called Little J to allow local people to shape their news. It allows people to become reporters in their own right. Users can log stories and bring them to the attention of journalists. It can also work in tandem with other programmes such as Twitter.

Residents will get a chance to try Little J at the pop-up newsroom in the Aberafan Shopping Centre from 10:30 today.

Now is 'right time' for Port Talbot paper

"In 2009 we lost our local newspapers making it difficult to know what's happening around the community. Port Talbot Magnet was started online to partly fill that gap and provide local news and information while giving people in the community their chance to help shape the news.

"We've always thought, why should a town with so much to offer be without its own local paper? We felt now was the right time to bring a printed newspaper back to Port Talbot and we are looking for local people to be at the heart of it.

"We plan to produce a free monthly newspaper for the town. The first edition will be a pilot edition with a limited print run, and will be out at the end of April.

– Rachel Howells, Port Talbot MagNet director

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Community to re-shape local news

Man at printing press
A new local paper for Port Talbot could be rolling off the press soon Credit: Matthias Schrader/DPA/Press Association Images

Port Talbot residents are having a say on how they want to see local news. After their local weekly was scrapped three years ago, there is a bid to put a local paper back in circulation - and residents will be at the heart of it.

A pop-up newsroom is being set up in the Aberafan Shopping Centre today for residents to bring ideas. The plan is for a free monthly paper for the town. The online team at Port Talbot MagNet has joined Cardiff School of Journalism's community news unit for the venture.

Media condemned in Senedd for 'hysteria' over abuse allegations

In an exchange at First Minister's questions, Plaid Cymru's leader, Leanne Wood, condemned the media's reporting of fresh allegations of child abuse at north Wales children's homes in the 1970s and 1980s. Carwyn Jones replied that it had 'bordered on hysteria'.

We've seen public criticism of someone who should never have been paraded though TV studios in the first place. Will you join me in condemning media reporting which sensationalises and simplifies complex stories rather than treating vulnerable people with the dignity that they deserve?

– Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood AM

What we saw last week bordered on hysteria. We then saw an unfortunate situation where a part of evidence that was submitted by one potential witness was found to be flawed. But that doesn't mean of course that all the evidence that's new is flawed.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones AM

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