Richard Coulter, Editorial Director
Richard is an experienced journalist with 20 years in the industry, mainly in the regional press where he was latterly assistant editor of the Bristol Post. Since leaving the Post in 2011, he has set up Filtonvoice, the first of the 'Voice' news magazines and, along with Emma Cooper, formed Local Voice Network. He has commented on the rise of hyperlocal publishing and contributed to "What do we mean by Local", a book charting the challenges faced by local news organisations, and he has also lectured on hyperlocal journalism. Richard was educated at University of Glasgow and Iowa State University, and took his journalism postgraduate qualification at Cardiff University’s journalism school, with which he retains links.
Emma Cooper, Commercial Director
So how did I get into this business? At the age of 18 I found a recruitment advertisement in my local free newspaper looking for a features telesales person, after being the successful applicant I soon realised within a few weeks this was the career for me.
Throughout my 20 years sales career with the local media I progressed to Head of Advertising and worked as part of the senior management team at Northcliffe Media (The Bristol Evening Post), contributing to the day to day running of this evolving and fast paced sales environment and responsible for numerous daily, weekly, monthly newspapers, not to mention the websites.
Two years later the rest is history, both my husband and I run two local newspapers in Bristol, employing local people and working in partnership with freelancers and businesses alike.
The feedback from both businesses and readers has been very positive with many clients using us from the beginning. Our aim now is to grow in the community, covering issues which matter to our readers and providing the conversation.