WE are barely into 2020 and the news does not sleep. Last year provided its fair share of disaster stories but also heart-warming stories of bravery, strength, courage and achievement in the face of adversity. The biggest story of the year, which ran and ran was Brexit and the General Election.We were there bringing you live coverage in English and Welsh.

There were plenty of questions being asked of those who have placed themselves in position of authority. Trying to hold large organisations and even solitary councillors, AM’ and MP’s takes time and effort. We have worked in partnership with the local democracy reporters scheme and we have worked with the Independent Community News Network to ensure local news is covered. We have been a voice from the courts, council meetings, the police, the fire service, the RNLI and many more organisations, which have benefited from our coverage.

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Llanelli Online and Wales News Online did what it could in 2019 to bring you hyperlocal and national news but we know we can do more with your help. We are a Community Interest Company, which runs predominantly on any funding we can secure and advertising from businesses. The Welsh Government played an important part in ensuring the survival of small news outlets like Llanelli Online with a £200,000 fund being allocated across Wales. We want to create more employment and help those who want to find a career in the media succeed. Our reporter and photographer Iwan Lewis left us for a career in the RAF after cutting his teeth on the front line of local news. We wish Iwan well for his future.

If you run a business or organisation and want to support Llanelli Online CIC and Wales News Online we would be delighted to work with you. If you run a community organisation or are involved in community work we would love to have your news in 2020. We can help promote the work you undertake, promote events and celebrate the hard work you put in. Our advertising and PR packages start from £40 per week.

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We are particularly interested in receiving news from local schools, colleges and sports clubs. You can send your news via editor@llanellionline.news

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In 2020 we are looking to work with local schools and colleges in providing work experience placements for those interested in a career in the media industry. We are also looking for volunteers from the community who may also have an interest in a career in the media industry or who may just want to gather news in their area and become a local voluntary correspondent.

Described as a ‘beacon’ for the town

When other news outlets were closing their offices and laying off staff, some who went unpaid, we were opening new offices directly opposite the redundant building of the town’s oldest newspaper. Before you advertise with any of the newspapers who have abandoned Llanelli ask yourself when was the last time you saw anyone even holding a newspaper? The industry was caught out and  even now they are fighting to retain the monopoly on news and advertising but the game is well and truly up. The Welsh Government held a review into the media in Wales and they were not very pleased with what they heard. LLanelli Online and Wales News Online was described asa ‘beacon’ for the town and ministers were told that if they wanted to see what the future of journalism was, then they should look towards Llanelli Online.  Come and see for yourself, pop in and see us at 1A John Street, Llanelli.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our advertisers and partners and of course our readers and visitors to our websites and social media pages and wish you all a very Happy New Year.

To take a look back at the news in 2019 you can visit our news archives online or listen in to the program broadcast by David Hurford of Radio BGM at Prince Philip Hospital over Christmas.

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