Why is IVN different than any other news organization?
IVN is different because we present news directly from the source of that information. We only publish content that contributes positively to the quality of our public political dialogue. We always remain true to the news, allowing sensationalism, personal attacks, and other forms of yellow journalism to flourish elsewhere.
Who runs IVN?
The Independent Voter Network (IVN) is a publication of The Foundation for Independent Voter Education (FIVE). Beyond a requirement for civility, FIVE does not dictate the content of IVN. The Network’s goal is to seek to improve public dialogue by providing independent information, presenting various viewpoints, and encouraging thoughtful discussion.
FIVE is the sister organization of the Independent Voter Project (IVP), most well-known for authoring California’s Proposition 14, the “Open Primary Initiative,” which was passed decisively by the voters in the 2010 election.
IVP is a non-profit C3 organization dedicated to the independent-minded voter regardless of their political party affiliation or preference. FIVE was founded in 2006 as an effort to engage non-partisan voters in California’s policy-making process.
Is FIVE trying to start a third party?
No. FIVE will always remain independent of political identities. The network is a place for people of all political affiliations and tendencies to have open and honest debate. FIVE simply moderates that debate.
Can anybody write for FIVE?
There are three types of contributors on IVN: (1) public officials, (2) civic leaders, and (3) journalists. IVN only publishes content from contributors who respect our etiquette guidelines on and off the network.
Do you consider bloggers Journalists?
It depends. FIVE does not believe that writing for a major publication is what makes a journalist. In fact, FIVE was founded with the opinion that there are few real ‘journalists’ left in traditional media.
With that in mind, any person that has exhibited a history of honest and informative journalism, whether in a major publication, an independent blog, or a home diary, will be welcomed to FIVE.
Do you edit articles that are submitted by others?
We have a staff of experienced editors who review submissions for grammatical errors and ensure that all content meets our etiquette guidelines. Because many of our contributors are not regular journalists, we provide editorial services to all contributors for free.
What makes IVN different than any other news website?
We are not a conventional news source. IVN’s is published by non-profit organization whose success relies in the quality of its contributors, not on the influence of our advertisers. We are a new network for a new age in media.