Writer at Bylines Scotland

  • VO98680
  • Home-based volunteering


Do you have stories to tell or ideas to explore about what's going on im your local area or across Scotland more widely? We are looking for people interested in contributing to our citizen journalism network. If you share our progressive values and our desire to diversify the media, challenging established narratives, then you could be the perfect fit.

In return, we provide editorial support to help you improve your writing and craft strong stories, plus the protections offered by liability insurance and IMPRESS regulation. You will have access to webinars and other online training on various aspects of journalism, as well as a range of resources in our knowledge bank. You will have the opportunity to network and to build up a portfolio. We love to see our writers go on to find paid employment in journalism.

We are committed to bringing in new voices currently missing from the media, so we particularly welcome applicants from underrepresented groups. We take a flexible approach to organisation so if you need extra help to write, for instance to work around a disability, just let us know and we will do our best to help.

Organisation aims and objectives

Bylines Scotland is part of the Bylines Network, an IMPRESS-regulated not-for-profit organisation which works with volunteers to fill the gap between the established media and ordinary people, diversifying public conversation and training new journalists.










Frequency and commitment details

Flexible. This is worked out on an individual basis between new writers and their editors.


Experience required: Passion for storytelling Commitment to accurate and ethical journalism Commitment to diversity and inclusion Willingness to learn Media experience a plus but not essential
Minimum age: 16


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Reasonable expenses can sometimes be paid but we are not a wealthy organisation so please discuss this with us in advance on each occasion.
Taster available: Yes
Taster details: Writers are welcome to publish single stories with us and see how the process works before making any further commitment. We are also happy to answer questions.
Training details: Our writers receive editorial support on every article, with extra help available where there are access issues. Editors work to improve writing skills and familiarity with the techniques of good journalism. Webinars and online courses on various aspects of journalism are also made available, along with a range of written resources. We are continually working to expand what we offer in all these areas. Discussion and social networking spaces are available for writers on WhatsApp and Facebook.