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Above the Chatter

by Chad Peace, published

headlines of the week

News sites and blogs are built on a model that encourages sensationalism; which tends to hyperbolize differences between us, leading to division. At IVN, we are committed to providing a news platform, guided by an etiquette, where we talk to one another, and not against one another.In that regard, IVN welcomes contributors and readers from across the political spectrum to create news driven by facts and analysis, rather than emotion.

We appreciate the thousands of you who visit IVN each day, and will be making an additional effort each week to keep you informed of our development goals and successes.

Please contact us anytime to give your feedback, input, or find out more about how you can be a part of the team!

- Chad Peace, Editor

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IVN's Development Highlights

*We are finalizing the development of a plugin which will allow qualified journalists to publish content to IVN directly from their own existing blog! *We are upgrading our column template (each column is actually an individually administered website, where editors have complete control over the edit-flow, sidebars, and can even add their own contributors). *We are just a few months away from launching a low-cost blogging platform that will allow qualified contributors to set up a completely autonomous Wordpress news website that is plugged into IVN for easy publication into the IVN news cycle. *Finally, we've fixed a few bugs with the social login and commenting system. Sorry for those of you who had trouble!

Help Us Win the Knight Challenge

The Foundation for Independent Voter Education (FIVE), publisher of IVN, recently submitted an application for the "Knight Challenge"  to improve open government. Our submission, the Civic Alert app, is a mobile application that notifies users when, where and how to participate in the election process. Our goal is to increase voter turnout among low propensity voters, especially young voters. Please help us by giving your feedback on Civic Alert by going to the Knight Foundation's website. Check it out and help is win!

Contributor of the Week is Back!

Michael Druker

Editor of the Independent View Michael is the Former Representative of the 73rd AD on the State Committee of the New York Independence Party and my 4th term as a member of the Executive Committee of the New York City Independence Party Organizations, Manhattan (73 AD). He is a regular contributor and edits his own column on IVN where he discusses important issues to independent voters. Find out how you can start a column today!

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