In this day and age, news is becoming less and less credible due to the overwhelming amount of news outlets that exist for virtually anybody to publish what they want – whether it is of good quality or not. There is also the sad truth that for most popular news networks, large corporate interests and money earned is typically prioritized over quality news media. Journalists at these corporations often don’t have the say or the funding to cover stories that are important to them.
That’s where Vourno comes in. Vourno is a news crowdfunding platform where video news stories are produced, funded, and distributed to the public. Joe Verdirame, the founder of Vourno, along with some buddies on his team, were disappointed with the news, and saw a need for change. “We love the news, and we dislike where it’s at…Journalists are getting screwed. The public’s getting screwed,” Verdirame said. “We have no hidden political or corporate agenda… if it gets funded, it gets published.”
According to their promotional video, Vourno is set to be “the first truly independent news network – where resources are available for reporters to tell their best stories – and the public ultimately decides what stories are newsworthy.” Vourno is a place where the public can fund, share, rate, and watch news stories that are produced by video journalists.
The way Vourno works is pretty simple. There are the video journalists (a.k.a. the “vournos”) and then there’s the public (a.k.a. the “pubs”). Vournos can sign on to Vourno and create stories, receive funding for their stories, build a following of trusted individuals, become credible through the Vourno rating system, and become exposed to the public as credible journalists. Pubs, on the other hand, are free to log in and stroll through the website, decide what they think is newsworthy content, fund projects they favor, voice their opinions, become a credible critic for vournos, and help reshape how the news works. The pubs essentially act as publishers for the vournos; their opinions and donations matter in deciding what materials are funded for public viewing.
If you’re a journalist looking for work, becoming a part of Vourno is quite easy and can be done in just three steps. First, you simply sign up to become a journalist on Vourno. Second, you create a profile containing whatever information you’d like the pubs to know about you and what you’ve done. The website also provides five easy tips to successfully crowdfund news stories. Lastly, you are free to submit your project and hope the pubs like your work enough to fund it!
Check out www.vourno.com to learn more.