VegNews released a new statement today apologizing for their use of symbolic imagery. I’m digging the start of the letter, “We screwed up,” and encouraged that they listed their commitments in writing. For me, that adds accountability. As I said before, my hope was that VegNews would listen to the community with careful and thoughtful ears, then change current business practices. I have also committed to supporting that effort.
And so, I will (and do).
Here is the whole letter (contact information contained in original letter was removed by me but can be found by clicking here):
Dear VegNews Community,
We screwed up.
With regard to our use of symbolic imagery in VegNews, our readers got it right. We
wholeheartedly apologize. We assure you that we will never again use non-vegan
photographs in VegNews.
Here’s our commitment to you:
• Recipes in VegNews will be represented only by custom vegan photography.
Count on it.
• All stock images used in the magazine and website will be vegan. We will make
sure so that you can be sure.
• VegNews will build and host a vegan photo bank to assure the availability of vegan
stock images. Look for details in the coming days.
We thank everyone for the invaluable feedback on this critical issue. We exist only to serve
you and the vegan cause, and are grateful that you care so passionately about our work.
The VegNews team is committed to restoring the trust we have earned for eleven years.
Together, let’s build a compassionate future.
Joseph Connelly, Publisher
Colleen Holland, Associate Publisher
Sutton Long, Art Director
Elizabeth Castoria, Managing Editor
I was happy to see them (finally) apologize yesterday but I still feel that if their first half-assed “apology” had placated everyone then this second (actual) apology would never have happened and there would never have been any policy changes, which makes me feel a lot less affection for VegNews than I had a month ago. *shrug* Ehhh, we’ll see what happens…
Good for them