You may have noticed that our articles don’t have an author byline. This is by design. Our articles lack bylines and our journalists remain anonymous.
Generally, newspapers and websites use bylines to identify the journalists who write their articles. The VanIsle.News family of news sites does not. It is unusual in today’s media landscape.
Why do we take this approach?
A few reasons. The first is that WestIsle.News is maintaining a tradition that other publications have abandoned. Historically, many publications printed articles without bylines or under pseudonyms to give individual writers the freedom to assume different voices.
The second reason is that WestIsle.News’ articles are anonymous to allow our writers to speak with a collective voice. Stories and headlines are discussed and debated each week in meetings of our small team. Our journalists often cooperate on articles. And some articles are heavily edited. Thus, most of our articles are the collective effort of WestIsle.News’ team, rather than of a single author. The main reason for anonymity, however, is a belief that what is written is more important than who writes it. The focus should remain on the work.
Finally, WestIsle.News’ feels that traditional local journalism is broken and needs a rethink. This approach is experimental and we will revisit it as necessary.
We are resurrecting some forsaken traditions and, we pride ourselves on disrupting conventional wisdom. Our decision to forego bylines remains central to our identity and a distinctive part of our brand.