No. Any interested party can apply for consideration to launch a newsroom on Civil. While you don’t need a formal journalism background, you should have demonstrated proficiency as a writer, and be able to demonstrate a tangible path to sustainability.
Once Civil’s platform is live, citizens will be able to apply by taking four steps:
- Submit a charter (proposed topic to cover, viable business plan)
- Submit a roster (other participants — writers/editors/designers/etc. — involved in the proposed Newsroom)
- Sign the Civil Constitution and pledge to always abide by its journalism ethics standards to the best of your ability
- Stake CVL tokens to state the seriousness of your intent (also a critical hedge against spammers and trolls)