New digs for VTDigger

VTDigger's new offices at 97 State St. in Montpelier. Photo by Anne Galloway

VTDigger’s new offices at 97 State St. in Montpelier. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

VTDigger is moving to 97 State St. in Montpelier, across the street from the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Our former location was on Main Street.

Our new office (on the second floor) gives us better proximity to the Statehouse and more space for meetings with sources, readers and supporters. For the first time, our reporters and editors will be in one room. The business staff will be together in an adjacent office.

In a few months, we plan to offer public news meetings for readers and members of VTDigger. We want your feedback, tips and ideas to help make VTDigger’s watchdog coverage of state government, politics, business, the environment, health care, education and energy even stronger. You know us online; we want you to know us in person, too.

The move is one of a number of changes we are making to improve our service to readers. This fall we are putting the finishing touches on a web redesign; we will be posting our campaign finance database; and we are launching a reader membership campaign.

As soon as we are settled into 97 State St., we will be announcing an open house this month. We hope you’ll drop by.

Anne Galloway

Comments

  1. Connie Godin :

    My memory fails me, you’re moving from Main Street?

  2. rosemarie jackowski :

    CONGRATULATIONS…but will you still like the little people?

    • Thanks much. The new space isn’t fancy, and it’s not much bigger, but it will be easier to organize.
      We are the little people (some of us literally so … I’m 5’2″ and come from a long line of Lilliputians). The whole point of VTDigger is to question leaders on behalf of the public. We are watchdogs first and foremost, attuned to the interests of our readers. We want to remain so. That’s why we plan to invite readers in for monthly editorial meetings starting the end of this month.

      • rosemarie jackowski :

        Me too. We might be related…but on second thought – you are much taller than I am.

  3. Anne:

    Your strategy of questioning our leaders and being watchdogs is incredibly important in objectively reporting the news. The effort is quickly noticed and very much appreciated by all.

    You may be only 5’2’’ tall, but you’re recognized as a titan in stature and a highly respected journalistic leader when it comes to objectively keeping your readers informed. Additionally, the platform you’ve created that allows your readers to vent in response is the best thing to happen in Vermont media in a long, long time for both your commenters and those running the state. Where else can the Governor and Legislature get such good advice and it’s all unfiltered and free.

    Keep up the good work and continued success.

    Peter

    • Thank you so much, Peter. The team here at VTDigger keeps trying the best we know how, and it sure makes a difference to all of us to hear that you appreciate our work. Anne

  4. Nice! All best wishes to the essential VTDigger.

  5. George Plumb :

    As one of the early subscribers and supporters for VTDigger I find it amazing how far your have come in such a short period of time. I remember when it was just little you a few years ago. You and your now larger staff are doing wonderful work and it feels so good to this every day citizen to know that not only can I post a commentary but I can also get an occasional editorial published and it will be read state wide. Thanks so much Anne. You have made a huge difference in my life.

    • Thank you very much, George. It’s a pleasure to offer you and other readers a platform for comments and op-eds. I understand Vermonters need an outlet to express their opinions, and I value the perspective readers bring to the larger audience.
      There were many times when I didn’t think it was possible to start a news organization from scratch, with a big idea and less than $10,000, but it’s happened much to my wonderment, thanks to all the people like you who believed with me that VTDigger was essential. I am astounded by the support we have received from sponsors, foundations and readers who have spread the word about our work. We couldn’t have come this far without the commitment of our dedicated staff and the support of the Vermont Journalism Trust board, which has helped us raise money and build the organizational foundation we needed to become a fully fledged media outlet. We have a ways to go to fulfill the organization’s vision, which includes giving readers access to more data, more video, and more reports on a variety of subjects including agriculture, the environment and criminal justice. But when I look back, we have come a long way, four years now from the first post. Amazing, what we’ve accomplished together.

  6. Allison Crowley DeMag :

    The lobbying team of Morris & DeMag welcomes you as our next-door neighbor!

  7. Congratulations, Anne, and all your crew! You do make a difference for all Vermonters.

  8. Kathy Callaghan :

    Best wishes to you, Anne, and to all your team! It will be nice to have you closer to the State House – and I look forward to attending one of your readership meetings (even if I am 5/5″)! Cheers.

  9. Good to see you upbeat and expanding. In my research for stories across the state I see, every so often, the need, the backup, the finances, for investigative journalists to work hard and long on the project. If you go that route, you need more support.
    you should have a gift for your new office. If I didn’t send you a Lifetime of Vermont People, I will do so.

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