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. As her Christian faith strengthened throughout her career, 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.
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.
Tulsa-based development company Hot Coffee Design brought Brittany’s vision to life with the Plugin app powered by VNN, rolling the best aspects of news media and social media into one innovative system of news gathering and consumption.
No other system allows 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.
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.
Together, we are creating a better news future: an interactive newsscape of balanced information that every member of society can depend on.
VNN partners with Hot Coffey Design to build wire frames
March 7, 2018
Hot Coffey Design begins building VNN’s Plugin app
May 24, 2018
Brittany Harlow assumes ownership of VNN
July 2, 2018
Plugin test launch begins
August 22, 2018
Plugin launches for IPhone
November 19, 2018
Plugin launches for Android
January 17, 2019
VNN partners with BetaBlox
February 2, 2019
VNN joins forces with its first news affiliate, The Frontier
June 3, 2019