Meet the new WalesOnline team dedicated to covering Cardiff

The new CardiffOnline team

WalesOnline has unveiled its team dedicated to covering Cardiff — the first time the country’s biggest local news website has had a team dedicated to the Capital city.

In recent months, WalesOnline, the online home of the Western Mail, South Wales Echo and South Wales Evening Post, has hired to six new roles as part of a project by parent company Reach to develop district-style reporting in key locations around the UK.

In Wales, that has meant providing dedicated staff to CardiffOnline, part of WalesOnline.

Editor Steffan Rhys said: “This group of journalists is committed to telling the stories of a city developing and changing at pace, covering the concerns of the people who live there and highlighting the issues that impact their lives.

“Diversity, inclusion and fresh perspectives are at the heart of what we do. We’re committed to uncovering untold stories and want to hear about under-reported issues.

“You can expect brilliant stories, the latest news, in-depth investigations, the best places to eat and drink and fascinating insights into the city’s history.

“And we’ll be on the scene at major breaking news stories before anyone else.”

WalesOnline is also home to SwanseaOnline and NewportOnline, the latter of which launched in February last year, just before lockdown.

A team dedicated to covering Valleys communities in South Wales is due to be completed shortly too.

Thomas Deacon

The CardiffOnline team will be led by Thomas Deacon, who joined WalesOnline in 2016.

From Canton originally, he studied photo-journalism in Swansea before getting his journalism qualification at News Associates in London.

He sees stories where others see everyday life, like at the little-known Cardiff bar with the best night out you’ve never had or the macabre reason for the numbers on paving slabs in Cardiff city centre.

Ffion Lewis

Also in the team is Ffion Lewis, who joined WalesOnline as a trainee reporter in September 2019 after graduating from Cardiff University with an MA in news journalism. She is now a senior reporter.

Ffion was highly commended at the 2021 Nick Machin Prize in the Outstanding Story/Feature by a Young Journalist category as well as being shortlisted for Young Journalist of the Year.

A fluent Welsh speaker, she enjoys writing about Welsh identity, language and culture, under-represented communities and women’s issues. She is just as comfortable covering urgent breaking news as long-form features.

Aamir when he was named the UK’s Young Journalist of the Year at the Regional Press Awards

Aamir Mohammed is Cardiff born and raised, and joined as a trainee reporter in 2018 after completing an MA in News Journalism at Cardiff University.

He covers all of Cardiff, especially the east of the city, like Rumney and St Mellons. He is also interested in diversity and inclusion and was awarded the UK Young Journalist of the Year Award at the Regional Press Awards in 2018.

John Jones

John Jones joined WalesOnline in April 2021 as a trainee reporter. Originally from Hampshire, he studied International Relations and Politics as an undergraduate at Cardiff University, before completing an NCTJ and MA News Journalism degree at Cardiff.

He is a keen features writer who is looking forward to representing Cardiff’s diverse voices and enjoys reporting on anything out of the ordinary. He is especially passionate about covering stories concerning mental health, while his other interests include sport, comedy and politics.

Reem Ahmed

Reem Ahmed joined WalesOnline in May as a trainee reporter. A life-long Cardiffian, she graduated from the University of Oxford in 2020, where she read classics.

In addition to working for student newspapers and magazines, she completed a copy-editing internship at The National newspaper based in Abu Dhabi. After graduating she worked as press officer for the King Lear Prizes and contributed to The Independent.

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