Established in 2010, we are a grassroots news organization facilitating the Stevens Point community, and we’ve got big plans. Saddened by job loss, lack of transparency in local government and a jaded citizenry, we decided to put up or shut up: It was time to shed light on our community’s most serious issues, instead of just complaining about them.
Our online news service has already provided some local part- time gigs which will eventually turn into full-time jobs. Add to that our plans for a virtual publishing house, multimedia & live- streaming local news reporting, internships & apprenticeships for local students, and we’re not just helping build the local job force for other businesses- we’re creating a permanent, reliable skills trade with the potential for hundreds of open jobs.
We are champions of reading, writing, science and history: the building blocks of education.
We believe it is a news reporter’s responsibility to close the accessibility gap between those who create the information and those who need it most, but also to write from the heart and with great passion and honesty, unafraid to report the truth, and probably ruffle a few feathers in the process. Because nothing is more important in a democracy than a well- informed electorate.Our Code of Ethics
* As a member of The Fourth Estate, always sit with the Commoners, never with the Clerics or Nobles
* Seek the truth & report it
* Verify information with a minimum of two independent sources
* Act independently, be free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know
* Support the open exchange of views, even those you find repugnant
* Give a voice to the voiceless; comfort the afflicted & afflict those who in live in comfort at others’ expense
* Recognize our precious, often thankless, obligation to ensure business affecting the public, the taxpayers or other large groups is open to public inspection & consumption
* Show good taste, avoid pandering & gossip
* Refuse favors or special interest from public officials or organized groups
* Remain publicly free of personal relationships with organized groups to avoid the appearance of impropriety
* Accept personal responsibility for your work: invite dialogue, admit & correct mistakes
* Never use a source with whom you have a personal relationship
* Use anonymous sources only if the information given can be independently verified