About Us

Plateau Daily News is a free-online nonprofit news source that covers the Highlands and Cashiers area. PDN is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and depends on the support of the community to maintain operations.

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Plateau Daily News strives to be the number one online-source of information in the Highlands/Cashiers area with a dedication to public service.

Board of Directors

Marjorie Deal Christiansen
Janet Cummings
Kim Lewicki
Diane McPhail
Mary Adair Trumbly

Publisher – Brian O’Shea

Brian O’Shea is a dedicated journalist with over 25 years of experience in a variety of media including newspapers, magazines, television, and internal communications at the federal government.

Questions, comments, concerns; contact Brian O’Shea at PlateauDailyNews@gmail.com.

Plateau Daily News Publisher Brian O’Shea

Editorial Policy

Plateau Daily News retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions.

Plateau Daily News accepts gifts, grants, and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

Plateau Daily News may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but our organization maintains editorial control of the coverage. PDN will cede no right of review or influence of editorial content, nor of unauthorized distribution of editorial content.

Plateau Daily News will make public all donors who give a total of $5,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s Membership Standards.

Editorial integrity

Corrections and clarifications: Plateau Daily News strives for accuracy, but in the event of factual error or incomplete context, Plateau Daily News will correct or clarify the error online as soon as possible. The board of directors will consider extreme cases in which the entire story is alleged to be inaccurate or harmful and, if warranted, will authorize an editor’s note explaining why the story should not have been published.

Sources and attribution: Plateau Daily News does not pay sources for information. We provide context and attribution for quotes and do not alter quotes except for light grammatical or spelling errors. PDN  works to avoid anonymous sources, but if one is used, the editor of the story must know the identity of the source and readers should be given a reason for the granting of anonymity.

Donor Transparency

Plateau Daily News is committed to transparency in every aspect of funding.

Accepting financial support does not mean PDN endorses donors or their products, services, or opinions.

PDN accepts gifts, grants and sponsorships from individuals, organizations and foundations to help with our general operations, coverage of specific topics and special projects. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that operates as a public trust, we do not pay certain taxes. PDN may receive funds from standard government programs offered to nonprofits or similar businesses.

PDN’s news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors or any revenue source. PDN does not give supporters the rights to assign, review or edit content.

PDN makes public all revenue sources and donors who give $5,000 or more per year. PDN will not accept donations from sources who, deemed by our board of directors, present a conflict of interest with PDN’s work or compromise PDN’s independence.

Plateau Daily News is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News. Learn more about the INN HERE.