Thursday, February 22, 2024

Become a Community Reporter

West Leeds Dispatch is people-powered local media! It’s written by the people of West Leeds, for the people of West Leeds. Our community reporters cover all kinds of things, from attending local events, following campaigns, telling people’s stories and highlighting the work of local groups – and lots more! We run community reporter training courses to give you the basic skills and confidence. Some people learn to write, some turn into photographers, others enjoy using video – some use all these (and more!) in their storytelling. The courses and workshops we run are all free, friendly, informal and aimed at beginners. They also look good on your CV and are a good way of gaining new transferable skills – and you’ll get to use our new people-powered community newsroom at Bramley Lawn. If you’re interested in joining our team of more than 50 community reporters, drop editor John Baron a line on


Join us on Thursday, October 19 for six sessions finishing on 23 November 2023. Sessions run in the Bobbin Room at Sunny Bank Mills off Farsley Town Street from 7pm-9pm. Tickets are free! E-mail for more info or to book.


Our community reporters are ordinary people who live in West Leeds. They include:

Mark Stevenson
Paul Abraham
Ramona Green
Mindy Goose
Jean Holllings
Helen Fay
Adele Rae
Martin Heaton
Josie Armitage
Philip McConnell
Damon Sugden
Simon Cullingworth
Sarah Cullingworth
Jo Fiddes
Jill Stocks
Faye Dawson
Lizzie Whewell
Zulfi Hussain
Anne Akers
Iola Shaw
Fran Graham
Martyn Cheney
Emily Carlill
Jim Corah
Amy Downes
Lucy Meredith
Mat Dale
Andrea Edwards
Maria Lee
Rhea Bentley
Anne Leng
Sarah Jacques
Josephine Cadell
Stuart Douglas
Vincent Blackwell
Samantha Stewart
Diane Law
Susan Denton
Roland Cross
Damon Cooper
Andy Parnham
Sarah Pearson
Teresa Milligan
Lou Cunningham
Cherril Cliff
Judith Gothard
Gemma Gates
Maia Flora
Mike Clifton
Madeleine Byrne
Siona Law