Welcome to VTDigger.org
VTDigger.org is a statewide news website that publishes watchdog reports on state government, politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy.
VTDigger.org is a project of The Vermont Journalism Trust, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The two organizations merged in October 2010. VJT became the official publisher for VTDigger.org in March 2011.
We post original news reporting, video, audio and photos, in addition to raw information in the form of press releases and government documents.
In 2013, an average of 90,000 unique or individual readers have visited the site each month. Our pageviews exceed 300,000 a month.
VTDigger.org publishes new content six days a week, Monday through Saturday.
A group of concerned citizens and journalists created VTDigger.org as a beta news website in September 2009. Our objective was to create a platform for consistent delivery of in-depth reports on matters of public interest and to serve as a catalyst for more open debates on key issues that impact Vermonters’ daily lives.
We launched our official web platform in September 2009 and began covering the Vermont Legislature in January 2010. A few months later, we expanded our website to include commentaries and press releases. By May, our readership had jumped to 14,000 unique readers a month. Over the course of the summer and fall 2010 election cycle, we solidified our place in Vermont’s media landscape. Since then, VTDigger.org has become a go-to news source for stories about state politics, public policy, business and consumer issues.
Whenever possible, we post original source materials – budget spreadsheets, memos, state reports and documents. We also run video and audio footage of press conferences and special events at the Statehouse.
We encourage our freelance reporters and staff writers to provide detailed news accounts and features. Our objective is to give readers the inside scoop on what’s really going on in the Statehouse and state government. As often as possible, we publish investigative stories and in-depth reports that examine the intricacies of complex issues, such as health care reform, state budget cuts and the tax code.
In June 2012, we launched Tipster — a series of forms and interactive features that give readers an opportunity to send us secret tips, information about public events, error reports and documents. Our objective is to dig a little deeper every time we report on a topic, and we believe there is no better way to do that than by tapping our most valuable resource — our readers.
We hope you enjoy VTDigger.org.