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Virgin Islands News Online turns 6

The now popular online news site, Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) - - turned six (6) this month, March 2016, as it was launched on March 1, 2010. Image: VINO
Mr Julian Willock (left) fills the role as head of Business Development/Advertising at Virgin Islands News Online. The day-to-day-operations of the news site are run by an Editor-in-Chief, Mr Reuben J. A. Stoby. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Julian Willock (left) fills the role as head of Business Development/Advertising at Virgin Islands News Online. The day-to-day-operations of the news site are run by an Editor-in-Chief, Mr Reuben J. A. Stoby. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The now popular online news site, Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) - - turned six (6) this month, March 2016, as it was launched on March 1, 2010.

The company, a subsidiary of Advance Marketing & Professional Services, has cemented its undisputed position as the number one (1) online news site in the Virgin Islands.

The online media house, which is known for being innovative, fair, accurate, balanced and always first with real breaking news, was founded by the esteemed Julian Willock, a former Permanent Secretary and entrepreneur, and Angela U. Burns, a veteran media practitioner who has worked for several local, regional and international news agencies.

Four years ago Ms Burns gave up her role as a Director and is no longer associated with the company or the news site; however, the other founder, Mr Willock, fills the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors, but maintains no editorial control of the day-to-day operations of the news site.

With the departure last year of the former Marketing Manager John E. Leonard, Mr Willock fills the role as head of Business Development/Advertising. 

Who runs VINO?

The day-to-day-operations are run by an Editor-in-Chief, Mr Reuben J. A. Stoby, whose responsibilities include stories, accepting comments/blogs, assigning reporters and general site content. He enjoys the full support and confidence of the Board of Directors, and has kept the news site professional, and competitive. 

Mr Stoby is responsible for all materials on the news site and is the one to call on for any editorial issues, and questions about any story posted on the news site.

New cartoon feature

Because VINO remains on the cutting edge, last year we launched a new cartoon feature depicting topical commentary and issues in the Virgin Islands, both social and political, and otherwise. The cartoon feature is posted each Wednesday on the home page and can also be seen on the inner pages and our mobile site.

In the coming weeks we will be announcing  two new features that will keep our readers glued to VINO and will show our usual innovation and extraordinary ability in moving with the times.

6 years of extraordinary journalism

Virgin Islands News Online has distinguished itself both locally and regionally, covering a variety of local, regional and international news. It has gained popularity for always being first and accurate with breaking news, and with providing frequent and daily updates, seven days a week, with factual details.

The news site remains one of the few online news with a dedicated sports reporter, covering a variety of local sports, including horse racing, cricket, basketball, sailing, track and field, football and even the progress being made by our local college student athletes at American and European colleges and universities.

The readership and advertisers have certainly increased some 75% from 2010, since residents are always eager to see what Virgin Islands News Online is reporting.

VINO is also the only online news site and media house trusted by government and private sector whistle blowers, politicians, clergymen, captains of industry and ordinary citizens to bring information or to get their message out.

While we have had our fair portion of challenges, like most small businesses in the Virgin Islands, we are still standing after 6 years, thanks to the unwavering support of many.

A free press must be preserved

A free and open press ensures that the government represents its people, and is held accountable by its citizens. It prevents actions of government propaganda and evil to mankind like the NAZIs of WW2 or current day North Korea. A free but responsible press puts the government and the private sector in the eyes of the normal man and women, reminding them that they are not an untouchable entity that the public has no control over.

VINO has, and many fair minded readers will agree, after 6 years maintained high journalistic standards in a fair, balanced and objective way.

We end by saying a big thank you to our staff, management, Team of Reporters, regional and international affiliates, the Board of Directors and our loyal readers and advertisers who have made this all possible.

After 6 years we are pleased that we have honoured our commitment that this online news site will not be used by anyone, including Founders, staff, commentators, politicians, bloggers or others to advance any personal goals, attack or slander, or to settle any scores with anyone.

We pledge to report the news objectively and free of partisan politics, something our record over the past six years has already demonstrated and confirmed.


37 Responses to “Virgin Islands News Online turns 6”

  • Reader (13/03/2016, 18:09) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Happy birthday big boy
  • thank you (13/03/2016, 18:15) Like (18) Dislike (2) Reply
  • District Repre (13/03/2016, 18:52) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Happy Birthday!
    The news online is the only hope for the world.
    Keep up the great work.
  • pat (13/03/2016, 21:11) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino is the best keep the pressure on
  • wize up (13/03/2016, 21:11) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    thank you for standing firm in babylon: jah guide my brother
  • Andrew Cox Sr (13/03/2016, 21:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    My family and I extends sincere congratulations to Management & Staff of Virgin Islands News Online... keep on keeping on(keep that chin up)
  • retired (13/03/2016, 21:49) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am at home all day you keep my company throughout especially as you are so very truthful
  • qc (13/03/2016, 22:41) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    i just love dem cartoons mehson wedesday does take so long to come!
  • Yes (13/03/2016, 22:44) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Where is John Leonard?
    • @ lol (14/03/2016, 08:33) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      He is in iseral with myrun
    • VOW (14/03/2016, 10:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please let MR LEONARD alone is none of your business where he is .VINO keep the pressure on so they will not be able to do things under the tree instead of out side the tree. May god bless and keep you in his care .
      • wize up (14/03/2016, 10:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        @ VOW: great and always remember the young man continued even thought the adminstration tried to enact legislation to suppress his business....
  • i from here (13/03/2016, 22:48) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    It has always been about choice and preference, not performance but i must say VINO has perfome WELL
  • Politcal Observer (13/03/2016, 22:51) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for highlighting your good works VINO
  • voiceofreason (13/03/2016, 22:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    it was Edmund Burke who called the media in 1787 "THE FOURTH ESTATE" this is true today as VINO plays a powerful role in biringing us informotion GOOD JOB I MUST ADD
  • Quiet Storm (13/03/2016, 23:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    When you are too big for the people who have given you power to rule the country and then you treat them like they're irrelevant this is what will happen to you! they will run to the media with information and secret matters trust me!
  • Eagle & Buffalo (13/03/2016, 23:20) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    thank father god some media came out from under the rocks and delivered a blow to yu stomach with facts and truths.
  • Political Observer (13/03/2016, 23:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    when both VIP & NDP afraid you one must confess you doing good, dam good infact! The news need a little "livening up" ...
  • go talk that (13/03/2016, 23:33) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    this may be a bit unrelated to the 6 year anniversary of VINO but the fact that the NDP was re-elected is mainly because the mental and political demographics of the BVI is on a changing course, one of the fact is that most of the electorate have woken up, and the only reason Dr. Smith, Alvera, Deloris, Archie and Myron survived is because there was no one else to vote for...!
    • @ go talk that (15/03/2016, 08:41) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why did you not run or gather people to run...same licks they wold have late now with your If's..just rest them down for me..please...
  • Mikey (14/03/2016, 00:49) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks Vino!!!!! For coming on board 6 years ago!
  • Thank U. (14/03/2016, 06:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats. Keep on keeping the free speech alive. Your contribution to us the people is meek, important, needed and appreciated
  • A mom (14/03/2016, 07:11) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Happy Birth Day, Congrats. The best online news in the VI. You keep us informed. Love the stories, love the pictures. Staff is on point.
  • just asking... (14/03/2016, 08:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the party bossie
    • wize up (14/03/2016, 10:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      the party will be at government house and will be special invertation only: 2,000.00 per plate...special guest speaker will be myron and the ndp celebrities...
  • from here (14/03/2016, 14:13) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    We love u VINO
    Happy Birthday
    Where is the party
  • Confessions (15/03/2016, 10:17) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It pains me to admit this.....but.....VINO is the number 1 online news site in the Virgin Islands........
  • modern democracy.... (15/03/2016, 18:26) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    esteem one I have not gotten any cake!
  • FBI (17/03/2016, 22:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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