After working in radio and television news for four years, Verified News Network (VNN) Founder Brittany Harlow knew something had to change.
It wasn’t just an answer to a call for innovation that the internet was demanding; it was an obligation to disrupt the declining moral standard of the current news industry. Her faith strengthened throughout her career, and so did her desire for change.
21st-century mainstream news appeared to thrive on sensationalism, with networks doing whatever it took to grab up the most “clicks”: demanding journalists go out of their way to find the rare and the terrible, and overlooking the good alongside it.
Fear-mongering and glorification of horrible acts was on the rise. Unbalanced news reporting was morphing world views into an unrealistic and frightening misconception of reality. Simplified coverage from one narrow perspective wasn’t telling the whole story.
Brittany knew there was a strong need for citizens to remain informed, but she couldn’t deny that working in the current news system didn’t just mean putting profit over social well-being. At its worst, it meant actively working against it.
It was time to get back to the basics.
In June 2018, Brittany quit her job as a television news anchor and reporter to develop VNN full-time.
Brittany’s vision was brought to life with the VNN Beta App. This first-of-its-kind social news media platform rolled the best aspects of news media and social media into one innovative system of news gathering and consumption.
No other system allowed users to view and share content in a verified, digital network of information. No other news network has been designed from the ground up to filter content for accuracy and promote transparency.
VNN partnered with BetaBlox, a Tulsa-based business incubator and accelerator, in February 2019.
Through this partnership, VNN has been able to develop a business model in which journalists no longer depend solely on ad revenue from local businesses to sustain themselves. Instead, they are able to provide businesses and organizations with in-depth storytelling and high-quality media products at cost, while funding other local stories in our communities.
The company joined forces with its first news affiliate, The Frontier, in June 2019. The non-profit news organization has a proven track record of dependable, hard-hitting investigative journalism, and VNN looks forward to developing additional partnerships with similar non-profit news organizations in the future.
We are a trustworthy avenue for officials and organizations to disseminate valuable information. We are transparency in place of media bias. We are a way for people to take back control of what kind of news they want to receive, instead of a profit-driven entity making the decisions for you. We are the balanced, collaborative news service you deserve.
VNN launched the new VNN app in 2021. We believe better treatment for journalists and other content contributors will result in better news and information for everyone. That’s why revenue sharing and collaboration initiatives play big roles in our new tech.
But, of course, VNN’s new app isn’t just for journalists and affiliates. Users can register as citizens, experts and officials. Citizens do not have to meet any additional verification requirements. Experts and officials do.
Once registered, users can upload news stories, like new stories and leave comments on stories. They can also customize their news content preferences by topic and location and personalize their profile.
It is our mission to increase stories from diverse viewpoints, including those of minorities, women and youth.
Click here to register your free account on the new VNN app.
Together, we are creating a better news future: an interactive newsscape of balanced information that every member of society can depend on.
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