Focus: statehouse and other news and information coverage around state; “Nitty, gritty in-depth news for Vermont”; “Led by journalists, powered by the public”; sections include Business, Opinion, Energy and the Environment, Digger Digest (business and org press release page), Living Standards, State of the State
Started: September 2009
Staff: Anne Galloway is editor, founder; five contributors for reporting, photography, web design. Ms. Galloway is a former Sunday editor of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus.
Funding: nonprofit: donations, sponsorships and grants
Vtdigger.org is a nonprofit, statewide news Web site dedicated to coverage of government, business and community life issues.
Our mission is to enhance democracy through in-depth, interactive journalism.
Our objective is to mine the gaps in Vermont news coverage. We seek to support existing media outlets.
At Vtdigger.org, we are creating a virtual, public newsroom that embraces the energy of citizen journalism while abiding by the standards of traditional journalism.
We believe readers want to have a say in what’s covered and how it’s reported. Readers also need reliable information. That’s where the journalists come in. We will vet and verify all information from readers to create comprehensive, accurate reports.
Sample stories: “House to vote on sweeping changes to state government today”; “Economically challenged? Agency looks to eliminate funding for prominent ‘new economy’ programs”; “Keep Local Farms lands two contracts”; “Bill divorces land values from snowmobile trails”
Media mention: “How a layoff spawned a nonprofit site in less than a year” Nieman Lab story