About West England Bylines…

In this era of uncertainty, tension and upheaval, the need for reliable journalism in which readers can have confidence, has become all-the-more important. West England Bylines – like its partner publications in other regions – has been created to meet this need.

Independent of government, political parties and corporate interests, West England Bylines is our region’s progressive and internationalist alternative to the narrow and partisan reporting and commentary that has dominated media coverage in recent times.

Celebrating the dynamism, diversity and economic importance of our region, West England Bylines is an opportunity for citizen journalism to highlight the issues that matter, while giving voice to opinions and commentary which are too often stifled by a tightly-controlled media.

West England Bylines is a trading brand of Bylines Network Limited, which is a sister organisation to Byline Times. The Bylines Network and Byline Times are financially, legally and editorially separate entities – the Bylines Network is funded entirely from reader donations, subscriptions to the Bylines Gazette and a very small amount of advertising income on some of our sites.

West England Bylines is written and run by volunteers across Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Herefordshire, Bath, and Bristol, and draws together citizens from a range of political backgrounds, and some who have no particular political loyalty.

Our contributors write about what matters to them – because what matters to them matters to many or all of us. Regional, national and international issues all have a place on our pages, reflecting both our regional focus and our progressive and internationalist outlook at a time when the political leadership in our country has rarely been more in need of being held to account.

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We welcome writers, investigative reporters and local journalists, interviewers and podcasters, photographers, videographers and picture editors, illustrators and cartoonists, as well as volunteers to formulate FOI requests, to sift through published data, to gather and publish data of our own, sub-editors, editors, advisers and counsellors, buddies and translators…

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It is the policy of Bylines Network that discrimination of any type will not be tolerated. We are committed to ensuring all contributors are safe and free from harassment and discrimination and do not act in a discriminatory way towards others. 

Bigotry of any kind is against our core values and it undermines performance, success and productivity of the organisation.

All contributors will be held accountable for maintaining an environment free from discrimination of this nature. We do not accept or condone discriminatory comments about or towards people within Bylines articles or social media posts based on their age, race, religion or belief, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, sex, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, or disability.

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