/ BLOG

Amplifying black voices: Small business owner aims to redefine local journalism

Jun 14, 2023 · 5 minutes to read

Iowa Black Voices

In the highly divisive and politicized US media landscape, the perspectives of society’s most marginalized groups can often get lost in the noise.

This is where award-winning writer and BizInsure customer, Dana James, seeks to cut through and share narratives that affect her local community in Iowa. This is her story.

Already with a successful online site and a Facebook page that boasts over 20,000 followers, James’s publication, Black Iowa News, is set to become a fully-fledged newspaper.

Ahead of its June 16 launch, James says her mission is to highlight black perspectives across a new medium.

“The Black Iowa Newspaper is ready to uplift, showcase, and connect us like the Black Press has always done,” says James.

Starting a small business in a ‘litigious society’

Born and raised in Des Moines and a reporter at the local news, Dana James was inspired to create her publication in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I saw some gaps in reporting and wanted to make sure that my community was receiving the most accurate and up-to-date information on what the pandemic was doing and how it was affecting communities. And from there, it’s just grown,” she says.

But given the topics covered, James knew she had to do her due diligence and research before launching her business.

“We live in a very litigious society and with the type of work I am doing, it’s essential to make sure the stories we write are accurate and fair,” she says.

“My integrity and accuracy are super important to me. I’m really confident that the information has been vetted, and that it’s going to be a benefit to the community that reads it.”

Even so, James understood the risk of being sued by someone and sought out to get financially protected through business insurance.

“BizInsure came to me recommended and then when I began working with the company it was super easy,” she says.

“My policy includes Professional Liability and Errors and Omission and so that’s what I need as a journalist to be sure that I’m covered. It’s affordable for a small business owner like myself, and it’s just a great fit for my business to have this insurance, so I don’t have to worry about anything.”

The importance of publications like Black Iowa News

Gone are the days when families from different generations and political affiliations gathered around the television to listen to Walter Cronkite’s evening broadcast. Instead, news consumption has become more fragmented, catering to specific demographics.

However, this fragmentation has also brought about some positive changes. Publications are targeting different audiences and readers now have access to a diverse range of perspectives on the same story. This inclusivity allows for a more nuanced understanding of complex issues and enables readers to make better-informed decisions.

“Black Iowa News isn’t just for black people. Lots of people are interested in it. Lots of people support it. But it is a platform for us to go deep on the things that we care about,” she says.

“Some of our stories are, quite frankly, lost. They’re undervalued. They’re treated like a trend.”

It is worth noting that while journalists, writers, publishers and other content creators work to inform with integrity and accuracy, small businesses like Black Iowa News are exposed to risks not limited to errors, mistakes or omissions in their work or even allegations of defamation which may include slander and libel.

These might be risks journalists are aware of but it’s important for small businesses like Black Iowa News to consider getting coverage to protect their business if they were to face a claim.

Advice for small businesses

As she builds her small business into her own little empire, James hopes that more people will follow in her footsteps and launch their small business on what they are passionate about.

But she notes there are certain things to being a business owner that you just have to do.

“You have to keep records. You have to be insured. You have to monitor that economic climate. You have to offer something of value to people. And I think those are some of the main key pieces to being a small business owner.”

As with any insurance, coverage will be subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions contained in the policy wording. The information contained on this guide is general only and should not be relied upon as advice. The number of quotes provided varies between products, occupations and other underwriting factors determined by the insurers.
© Copyright 2023 BizInsure LLC, 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BizInsure LLC; CA DBA: Simple, Smart, BizInsure Insurance Agency LLC; NY DBA: BizInsure Services LLC; NH DBA: Simple, Smart, BizInsure Insurance Agency; PA DBA: BizInsure Services LLC. 2950 Buskirk Ave Suite 300, Walnut Creek CA 94597. License #0H81929

Get Free Online Quotes and get coverage instantly

The coverage you need for your business.

Business insurance is divided into different policies. We offer 4 types so it's easy to design the coverage that fits your business.

Professional Liability Insurance

Get a quote

General Liability Insurance

Get a quote

Business Owner’s Policy (BOP)

Get a quote

Workers Compensation Insurance

Get a quote

Let's find

The coverage you need for your business

Professional Liability Insurance

Get a quote

General Liability Insurance

Get a quote

Business Owner’s Policy (BOP)

Get a quote

Workers Compensation Insurance

Get a quote

Love it
Hanna R.
1708272180
Every year, BizInsure is my go to for general and professional liability insurance! Thenrates are unbeatable.
Calandra K.
1708044666
The agent was quick and efficient in generating a quote for my needs.
Theresa F.
1707895796
I enjoy working BizInsure they always answer all my questions and make sure i have the correct coverage for my business.
Prompt and professional service from Biz Insure. Thanks Leslie and Liza!
Bev G.
1707524454
Very easy to sign up for insurance.
Great company
Brown G.
1706896003
Fast and efficient!
Kim C.
1706746693
عالی
alireza J.
1706727364
It was great being able to get a policy that suits my company's need in less than 30 minutes. They were vey thorough. Very competitively priced.
Lynette C.
1706621476
I worked with Andrea for another start up business. She was very knowledgeable and help me pick the correct policy. Amazed at how quickly the process went.
Representative was very kind, helpful, and educated me well. I appreciated today's prompt service with confirmation that I was satisfied with what was provided to me.
Tina P.
1706224051
Great company for.your low cost business insurance needs.
constantin T.
1706156911
Staff was very fessional and friendly. I was able to get a quote and move forward within 20 minutes.
Pebbles S.
1706126428
Wonderful
Complete C.
1705788054
MUY BUENO
Super easy process.
Ashley G.
1704830227
It’s very easy to understand and at a very reasonable price.
Mary M.
1703780096
Professionalism, Quality, Responsive and budget friendly
B D
1703029371
Great rates, easy to understand and select appropriate coverage, can get in a jiffy
Brie C.
1702775397
I have been a customer of BizInsure for a few years now and I love it. There customer service is awesome and the prices are affordable.
Danyale W.
1702132165
Quick easy experience! The rep was knowledgeable & pleasant. Customer care was awesome to respond and clarify my concerns.
Kathy Ann A.
1702059151
bizinsurance makes purchasing Business Insurance...SIMPLE!
Andrea W.
1701380391
Great quality of Service ,faster and convenience way to pay at most. Thank you for your Service to my Healthcare Facility .
Quick and easy!!!!
Terry
1701319042
Great service! Easy process and very informative representative. Andrea was great and very patience with our process. I would recommend using them!!
Terrance R.
1700848536
Always and easy process. Thanks!
Gerald S.
1700244544
Renewal was quick and easy online
Angelita K.
1699752900
I had a great experience working with Andrea from BizInsure. She was extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and responsive throughout the entire process. She guided me through the different options available and helped me find the perfect home care professional liability insurance policy that suited my needs. Her professionalism and expertise made the entire experience smooth and hassle-free. I highly recommend working with Andrea and BizInsure for all your insurance needs.
Juliette S.
1699032636
Easy to submit an application and to get quotes
Simone S.
1698775217
I had the most pleasant prompt and professional experience of my life with Bizinsure. Everything was completed in record time, at an unbelievable cost…and my certificate of Insurance was promptly emailed to me. Most of all it was effective immediately. No hassle no back & forth, just great service highly recommend to all small businesses.
Marcia S.
1698407456
Excellent
advanced U.
1697824466
Great service. Very professional and cordial. Thanks
Jeremiah U.
1697064641
BizInure has been a great company for our insurance needs. I wish customers services was 24/7, that would make it a five stars
Novilette L. J.
1696828014
Easy to navigate what you need. Always notify ahead of renewal!
Athena T.
1696646371
js_loader
Google Rating
4.7
Based on 241 reviews
×
js_loader