I. Ownership Policy

The content contributed to Progressive Voices of Iowa remains the sole intellectual property of the author and contributor.

The author may withdraw their published work at any time, and they may publish or edit their work on PVI so long as they meet the guidelines for publication.

Progressive Voices of Iowa reserves the right to remove content that does not follow guidelines, and to disseminate articles and works through social media or other media.

Progressive Voices of Iowa reserves the right to post advertising content provided as part of our agreement with WordPress AdWords program. Please see below for further information.

Progressive Voices of Iowa reserves no other rights to the contributed works. This includes articles, video, pictures, and any other media that appear on this website.

If you would like to link to your own blog from your content, you may do so, however, please ensure that the link to your blog will open a new window when clicked.

If you wish to use content as a source, it must include the name of the author and an in-text hyperlink to the article. Content may not be used for commercial purposes or in any way not protected under  federal copyright Fair Use clause (sections 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A) without the expressed, written permission of the contributor.

In using this site you acknowledge that content is the intellectual property of its creators and shall be treated in that manner. Also in using this site you acknowledge that use of content not within the guidelines stated above constitutes a violation of intellectual property rights and shall be treated in such a manner.

II. Ads and Revenue

In order to pay for the operation and growth Progressive Voices of Iowa, we have accepted an invitation into the WordPress advertising program. These advertisements will appear at targeted areas in articles in the form of a brief video or banner ad. PVI has no control over advertisements beyond either having them on or off. While it may become an option in the future, we do not have a revenue sharing program at this time and seek to sink all net funds into growing and improving PVI. In any instance, this or any programs for the foreseeable future, have no effect on your ownership of your content.

If you are a contributor and would like information on how much revenue is brought in and how it is spent, please feel free to contact members the Editorial Board. The Editor in Chief will provide a monthly statement of revenue and expenses to contributors when the information becomes available.

III. Publication Guidelines

There are few restrictions on content that an author may post. The subject matter is often the choice of the author, however, some authors may be called upon to write on or cover a particular subject or event. There is no obligation to fulfill this request, and there are no deadlines.

Satirical articles are acceptable on a limited basis, to be determined by the editorial board. Any satirical article that is determined to be overly sophomoric or could lead to a damage of reputation, image, brand, or credibility of PVI, or cannot be easily determined to be satire, shall be promptly removed from the site.

In order to maintain consistency and professionalism, we follow the Reuters Journalism Style Guide. You can find an online version of the guide here.

It is strongly advised that writers also install Grammarly to help in the editing process. Grammarly is free to use, however, there is a premium version that writers may subscribe to if they so choose. The premium version is not required.

We would like to keep PVI more factual, informative, and objective. Injecting your own views into the article is fine, so long as the article is mostly informative. We would also like to avoid articles that are specifically “Candidate X sucks because Y and Z” type articles. There is enough of that going around.

Opinion articles should be solid, in-depth, and well researched. First person accounts of events and experiences and views connected to those accounts are appreciated and very much welcome.

PVI will not condone articles that promote hate, violence, or discrimination. These will be promptly removed from the site and a warning will be issued for the first offense. If there is a second offense, the article will be removed again, and the author will have their credentials terminated.

IV. Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editors (LTE) are accepted by anyone who wishes to submit them and are considered fairly and equally. While guidelines are less stringent than those of the core writing group, LTEs are expected to meet certain guidelines.
LTEs must contain a substantive and coherent message. LTEs may be rejected if they are determined to be little more than a rant. That’s what Facebook and Twitter are for. We are not Facebook or Twitter.
The LTE must address an issue and provide a knowledgeable opinion of the issue in order to extend the conversation. LTEs may also be rejected if they promote hate, violence, or discrimination. There are no restrictions on swearing and foul language, however, that language should fit into the context of the letter and not be gratuitous.
Pay links or other requests for money of any kind in an LTE are strictly prohibited. The exclusion of a pay link will not cause a rejection of the submitted LTE from publication, but that link will be removed from the published draft of the Letter.

V. Audio and Video Content

All of these guidelines also apply to any audio or video content that is related to or put out by Progressive Voices of Iowa. Any audio or video, either raw or produced that is published should be newsworthy, decent quality, and in a professional format. Talk shows and podcasts are permitted but must exhibit a quality of information and newsworthiness.

The content that is uploaded to PVI TV should be independently obtained and the property of the journalist uploading the content. PVI and PVI TV will not tolerate yellow journalism, gossip, conspiracy theory, clickbait, plagiarism, content that is stolen, hateful, gratuitously violent, vulgar or discriminatory. Such content will be removed immediately and a single warning will be given. Upon the second offense, the content will be removed and the author will be stripped of their credentials.

IV. We Are Non-Partisan

PVI is not owned or operated by any political party or group.

This is NOT a Democratic news site. It is a Progressive news site. Progressive isn’t a party, it’s an ideology. If Rachell Hoff wished to publish an article on her experience as the first openly homosexual RNC Platform Committee member, that article would be more than welcome here. It doesn’t matter what letter is on your voter registration. If you are writing on progressive issues your article can find a home here.

If you want to write for us, or if you want to simply contribute a single article, just click on the “Contact” link and drop us a line. We’ll send you a credentials invite with instructions on how to set up your account.

Thank you!

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