VNN expands ownership to include additional journalists

Collaborator: Brittany Harlow
Published: 11/15/2021, 9:29 PM

(NATIONAL) Verified News Network (VNN) is pleased to announce company ownership has expanded to include two additional female owners: VNN New York Journalist Rahkiya “Rocky” Brown and VNN Michigan Journalist Rachael Schuit. 

After graduating from SUNY Oswego, Brown landed her own radio show with a local station in her hometown of Binghamton, New York. She started her own media outlet called “Plugged In” before joining VNN in June 2020.

“It is so rewarding to become a part-owner of VNN,” Brown said. “I am so proud to be part of an independent news network such as VNN and all that it stands for. I value the journalism that VNN brings to the table and it is an honor to be part of the team.” 

Schuit graduated from Central Michigan University and began her journalism career at WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan. She spent two years as a reporter at Upnorthlive In Traverse City before joining VNN in October 2020. 

“I feel blessed to own part of a company that has its eyes on the future and values good journalism, which is more important than ever at this moment in time,” Schuit said. “Being a part of VNN gives me the opportunity to tell stories that matter to my community. I am grateful to be part of a news network that focuses on local stories that matter, and also meets people where they are: online. There is nothing else like VNN.” 

As news media ownership continues to consolidate throughout the industry, VNN remains committed to increasing ownership opportunities for both women and men through its VNN Journalist Vesting Program. The program requires journalists contribute quality content to VNN on a regular basis and pay monthly or annual dues. VNN Journalists are then vested at 1 percent company ownership per year for a maximum of five years or until the program is discontinued. 

If you are a journalist interested in partnering with VNN, fill out the interest form here


Ann Marie Worthley
11/17/2021, 1:54 PM

Congratulations Rocky and Rachael!!