Mountain Ash journalist wins Rhondda Cynon Taf Youth Engagement Award

Congratulations to talented young journalist Brad Williams, who won the Outstanding Contribution to New Media Award at the Rhondda Cynon Taf Youth Engagement celebration event in Aberdare.

Brad, from Mountain Ash, has been writing articles on local news and politics for Rhondda Cynon Taf’s youth website, for the last five years. Since then, he has launched an outstanding new blog, Brad’s Cynon Valley News, which covers news, politics, weather, sport and travel in the valley.

I have met Brad on several occasions, and was pleased to be able to offer him a work experience placement in my office, where his journalistic skills shone through.

Brad has interviewed several senior figures, including the current First Minister of Wales, and his on-the-spot reporting during Storm Callum was picked up by the national media.

In February 2019, Brad’s blog reached an impressive 110,000 readers on Facebook, and when there is such a massive local news void, it provides a valuable service to the whole community.

Well done Brad!