Rae Howells has been a journalist for two decades, writing for and editing both magazines and newspapers. She was editor of the Big Issue Cymru, edited Swansea’s Waterfront newspaper and was a founder director of the groundbreaking hyperlocal news service Port Talbot Magnet.
She graduated from Cardiff University in 2016 with a PhD in journalism studies. Her research centred on the democratic deficit in towns that lose their local newspaper and she has given evidence to three government inquiries about her findings and taken part in several academic studies on hyperlocal journalism and how to solve the crisis in local journalism.
Rae’s co-authored book, Hyperlocal Journalism, was published by Routledge in July 2018.
Rae sits on the Welsh Executive Council of the NUJ and the advisory board of the Independent Community News Network. Her current freelance projects include media research in Port Talbot for the actor and activist Michael Sheen, and project managing the NUJ’s programme of journalism and communications training in Wales.
As a freelancer, Rae is available for writing, editing, print and web production, PR and research work and commissions. Contact her now to discuss your project.