Charter for The Free Press
The Free Press is organized and operated to support good journalism and to provide a community of people dedicated to that cause.
The Free Press will conduct all its business within the bounds and rules of Newsvine. The Free Press (TFA) will be open to all members of Newsvine willing to abide by the additional rules and codes described in this document.
Publisher, currently Samuel Gerald (Jerry) Firman (oldfogey); the Publisher will hold office for a one year term and may not succeed him/herself. It will be in the power of the Publisher to appoint his successor without answer to anyone. Term for oldfogey begins September 1, 2012. If Newsvine permits change of ownership of Groups such will be accomplished so that a successor Publisher has actual ownership of the Group. ONLY THE PUBLISHER MAY BOOT A MEMBER OR ASSIGN AN ADMIN.
Founding Members are all members active as of 2400 hours EDT on August 31, 2012. Founding Members are called upon to ratify this document and its content. Founding Members may also be called upon to serve on special committees to develop such things as an Awards and/or Recognitions system within the Community. Such special committees are at the discretion of the Publisher or his designates only. FOUNDING MEMBERS ARE AUTOMATICALLY DUBBED AUTHORS.
Administrators will be limited to six at present time and will serve at the discretion of the Publisher. Administrators may also fill Editorial Desks simultaneously with their Admin duties. The future number of Admins will be determined by total membership numbers and the amount of administrative actions required. Administrators will be responsible for the overall policing of the Group and the general guidance of members in rule and procedural matters. ADMINS MAY AWARD AUTHOR STATUS TO MEMBERS. ADMINS WILL HAVE THE POWERS OF THE PUBLISHER WHEN SO DESIGNATED.
Authors are permitted to post articles to The Free Press.
Members can be accepted only through the auspices of Newsvine proper. Those desiring membership must apply to one of The Free Press Admins or Editors by Contacting Author on their Newsvine Column Page. Members can qualify for Author designation by publishing a minimum of three news articles on Newsvine. MEMBERS MAY COMMENT BUT ARE NOT PERMITTED TO PUBLISH ARTICLES TO THE FREE PRESS.
In general, The Free Press will be organized much like a newspaper. Headed by a Publisher, run by Editors and Staffed with Admins and Reporters. It is possible the Community may include close association and organization with other Groups within Newsvine.
IV. The Free Press Rules of Conduct
a. All activity of The Free Press will be conducted in accordance with the Newsvine Code of Conduct, The User Agreement, and all other rules and regulations required by Newsvine Staff.
b. All Free Press Members will conduct themselves in such a way as to not bring disgrace to the Group. We will be operating in a fish bowl for some time. Other Newsviners will be looking at us to see how we behave and what we do different. The biggest difference should be that we present a united and effective community effort to further good journalism within Newsvine. All members are encouraged to monitor the overall operation of the Group and to point out problems or discrepancies when they occur.