VNN General Policies and Information
VNN Ethics Policy
VNN requires fair and accurate reporting.
VNN users are responsible for the accuracy of their work. They must verify information before it is released and take care not to misrepresent or oversimplify their stories.
VNN users should offer multiple viewpoints accordingly to each story and avoid stereotyping.
VNN users should attribute information accordingly and never plagiarize the work of others.
VNN users should make updates and corrections to stories when needed. If incorrect information was posted, VNN users must clearly address how the information was corrected.
VNN users should use anonymous sources with discretion.
VNN requires respect and dignity for others.
VNN users should balance the public’s need for information against the harm it could cause if released.
VNN users should show compassion for the subjects of their stories as well as their audience.
VNN users should not identify juveniles in a story unless that juvenile has already been identified by an official or permission has been granted by the juvenile’s legal guardian. Living juvenile victims of sex crimes should never be identified. This includes identification by name or personal information that would lead to the juvenile being identified.
VNN users should not cover suicides or suicide attempts unless the person is a well-known figure or the circumstances are particularly unusual or publicly disruptive.
VNN users should remember that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
VNN condemns conflicts of interest.
VNN users should avoid conflicts of interest, including perceived conflicts of interest, and refuse offerings that are attempting to sway integrity or impartiality of a story.
VNN Moderation Policy
At VNN, it is our goal to create an environment for positive dialogue. To achieve this goal, VNN requires users to avoid the following offenses when posting stories and comments:
Suicide or self-injury
As a social news media network, we expect all of our contributors to understand there is a difference between reporting on an offense and committing one.
For example, reporting on a bullying incident at a local school is permitted content on the VNN app. Bullying a student in the comments section is not.
VNN User Qualifications*
VNN PlugIn app users are classified into five categories: Official, Expert, Journalist, Citizen and Affiliate.
VNN Officials must be vetted by a VNN Admin.
VNN Officials must abide by VNN’s Terms and Conditions.
VNN Officials must have a current photo in their bio.
VNN Experts must be vetted by a VNN Admin.
VNN Experts must have a minimum 10 years’ education and/or experience in their field.
VNN Experts must abide by VNN’s Terms and Conditions.
VNN Experts must have a current photo in their bio.
VNN Journalists must be vetted by a VNN Admin.
VNN Journalists must abide by VNN’s Terms and Conditions.
VNN Journalists must have a current photo in their bio.
VNN Citizens must abide by VNN’s Terms and Conditions.
VNN Affiliates must be vetted by a VNN Admin.
VNN Affiliates must abide by VNN’s Terms and Conditions.
VNN Affiliates must have a current photo in their bio.
*subject to change at the discretion of VNN
VNN Corrections Policy
VNN aims to be as accurate in its reporting as possible, but mistakes happen.
VNN users will promptly correct errors in stories. Simple grammatical errors do not require additional information. Significant content errors require either a “Correction” or “Clarification” note at the bottom of the corrected stories, distinguishing what was wrong and what is correct.
If you see an error that needs to be corrected, please email email@example.com so it can be addressed.
VNN Funding Information
VNN is currently funded in two ways: sponsored news services (and other media products) and network dues.
Sponsored news services (and other media products) are how VNN Journalists fund their news operations. Only VNN Journalists and Affiliates are permitted to earn revenue from VNN and VNN’s PlugIn app.
VNN currently offers two categories of sponsored news services: sponsored news stories and sponsored news updates.
News stories are in-depth reports and other media offered in silver, gold and platinum packages. News updates are shorter news reports offered with two email campaign options.
Network dues support the existence of VNN’s PlugIn app. VNN Journalists pay network dues to support PlugIn on a monthly or annual basis.
VNN Sponsored News Policy
There are three main vehicles for VNN Sponsored News: news sponsored by a business or organization, community sponsored news and government sponsored news.
VNN Journalists and VNN Affiliates are currently the only user categories permitted to offer sponsored content to businesses, organizations and government entities.
VNN Journalists maintain editorial control over all sponsored content.
Every sponsored news story or update is to be clearly designated as a sponsored news story or update.
New sponsors should never receive preferential treatment.
To rule out subjectivity (actual and perceived), a business, organization, or individual cannot sponsor a story about themselves if the subject matter is controversial.
That is not to say we will not cover controversial subject matter. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any news tips for general coverage.
VNN Ownership Information
VNN is a Limited Liability Company (LLC) with two current members:
Brittany Harlow 95% owner
Weston Bergmann 5% owner
VNN will likely grow into more member ownership in the future, thanks to the VNN Journalist vesting program.
VNN TERMS AND CONDITIONS