About Us

West Country Bylines is a regional online newspaper that supports citizen journalism. Our aim is to publish well-written, fact-based articles and opinion pieces on subjects that are of interest to people in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. In so doing, we seek to demonstrate democracy in action by giving a voice to local people and holding our elected representatives to account.

A little bit about each of us:
Anthea Simmons, editor-in-chief: I am passionate about editing and writing for WCB because I care about truth, social justice and democracy and we are ill-served by the mainstream media and this government. WCB aims to give a voice to the voiceless. I try to ensure we have headlines, content and images that enable us to reach beyond our bubble and counter misinformation.
Sarah Cowley: I’m Dorset editor for West Country Bylines because I believe in democracy and human rights, honesty and integrity in politics and that everyone should have the chance to read (or write about) the truth of what is happening in our country, for good or ill.
Mick Fletcher, Somerset Mendips editor: I write and help source articles for WCB because I want to help counter the anti-democratic and anti-European messages put out by so much of the mainstream media.
Rachel Marshall, Devon editor and writer: Contributing to WCB allows me to bring together my publishing industry experience and my exasperation at the current course of the UK to participate in a publication that challenges the simplistic narratives and government soundbites that much of the media offers.
Tom Scott, Cornwall editor and writer: We could sit around for a very long time waiting for the mass media to step up and hold abuses of power properly to account. West Country Bylines takes a more positive approach by offering a platform for citizen journalists to do this themselves. It’s a real pleasure to be working with such a talented team of writers and editors, all of them dedicated to giving readers a fresh view of what’s happening in the world around us. And it’s exciting to see that we’re reaching a steadily growing number of readers in the West Country and beyond.
Anna Andrews, proofreader and writer: I write and proof-read for West Country Bylines because it helps inform people about things the government doesn’t want us to notice.
Anthea Bareham, proofreader and picture editor: I choose my news source carefully: independent ownership and honest reporting are key, followed by good journalism – WCB ticks all the boxes and I am proud to be a member of the team.
David Love, proofreader and science writer: I have no doubt that Brexit will be very bad for this country, although our right-wing press (now tamely followed by the BBC) seldom allows this viewpoint to be heard. In particular, Brexit will inevitably be bad for science in this country.
Lucy-Ann Pope, proofreader: I volunteer with West Country Bylines as a proofreader because I believe citizen journalism offers an authentic and valuable alternative perspective on political and socio-economic issues which affect our daily lives.
Mike Zollo, proofreader and writer: I contribute to WCB because after a lifetime in language teaching, and with a strong public-service ethic, I believe passionately in a strong EU with the UK at its heart, in counteracting anti-EU press reporting, and in holding the Government to account.

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We’d love writers, investigative reporters and local journalists, interviewers and podcasters, photographers, videographers and picture editors, illustrators and cartoonists to contribute their skills and interests, as well as people to draft FOI requests, sift through published data, gather and publish original data.

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We are independent – both from government control and from the influence of corporate interests. Our political stance is progressive and internationalist. Our objective is to be part of the debate at a regional and national level.

We are part of the Bylines Network. Our editorial board includes people from all four counties in our region and from a range of political backgrounds and none.

We encourage our authors, all of whom are volunteers, to write about the things that energise them. New writers are welcome and we invite contributions from those with specific areas of expertise. We also welcome contributions from those with differing views and perspectives in order to encourage debate.

Our author profiles can be viewed by clicking on the name of the author in each article. This will also take you to a list of their contributions so you can explore further.

Our content is always relevant to the West Country, whether from a regional, national or international perspective. We cover special interest stories from our region to retain a strong local connection, but we include content of potential interest to readers from further afield to widen our audience.

Opinion pieces that seek to influence our readers towards a progressive and internationalist perspective are balanced by a range of other news, lifestyle and human-interest articles. We aim to ensure all articles are of a high standard. Contributions are subject to review by our editorial team.

Extra vigilance will be needed to hold this government to account. We intend to take up that task for Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset. West Country Bylines will be steadfast in reminding our representatives of what they said and what they were elected to do.

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