Independent Community News Network was launched in 2011 to tell the stories about the people, places and events that make the town a great place to live, visit and work.
It has a thriving Facebook community of over 17,500 people who love commenting and sharing on the regular posts. Stories published on Cwmbran Life are sometimes picked up by the media and over the years have gone on to appear in national newspapers and on TV.
Member of the ICNN
Cwmbran Life is a member of the Independent Community News Network.
Members of ICNN submit to the following:
- Member publications are independent of political, commercial, and religious interests;
- Are community-focussed and work to represent the views of their community;
- Are producing contemporaneous news or news-related content (that includes, but is not limited to breaking news, arts & culture, sports, news features, cultural and community entertainment events, campaigns, weather, transport, crime, local history and local business, and schools).
- Uphold high professional standards including accuracy, transparency, integrity, accountability and fairness.
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Wales Media Awards 2019
Cwmbran Life won Blog of The Year at the Wales Media Awards 2019. The judges said:
Cwmbran Life is not just ABOUT local people – it really feels like it is BY local people. Ben places himself slap bang in the centre of the community and his love for telling the stories of local characters and champions shines through. Cwmbran Life is the very essence of a hyperlocal blog. It’s personal, thoughtful and a lovely gentle wander through the local community. You can sense Ben’s passion for his local area as he gets up close and personal with his audience. The number of followers on Facebook is a testimony to Ben Black’s ability to share stories that matter.
Who is behind Cwmbran Life?
Cwmbran Life is run by Ben Black. He is a former journalist for the South Wales Argus who now works for Bron Afon. He has lived in the town all of his life apart from a few years living in London.
You can find him tweeting at @benblack