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VTDigger releases 2018 Annual Report

Thanks to our readers, VTDigger has continued to build a statewide newsroom that has the capacity to cover the most important Vermont stories of the day and pursue deep investigations on issues that matter most to readers.

Information about how we have grown, where our money comes from and how we spend it can be found in our 2018 Annual Report.

In 2018, we increased revenues by 11 percent over the previous year, making it possible for us to expand our editing capacity and our newsroom with the hire of Anne Wallace Allen as our new business reporter and data reporter Felippe Rodrigues.

Most of VTDigger’s support comes from readers. We are very grateful to the more than 3,300 readers who gave more than $753,000 in donations to VTDigger last year. Overall giving from readers increased by 30 percent over the previous year, making it possible to ensure we can deliver in-depth and investigative reporting from around the state on key issues you care about.

We developed a new mobile app, offered push notifications and launched new topical emails for readers who care about particular issues, such as criminal justice, education, business, the environment, politics and health care.

In addition to our beat reporting on issues, we broke major stories about the impact the F-35 fighter jet basing on the Burlington area, an investigation into questionable Vermont Lottery winnings and allegations of sexual misconduct by leaders of the Vermont National Air Guard.

More than 50,000 people checked out our 2018 election guide, which featured the latest news, profiles and the voting records of candidates running for the House, Senate and statewide office.

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VTDigger’s monthly readership increased by 22 percent in 2018 to 270,000, and more of our readers are skewing younger, with 68 percent now under the age of 55.

Because we are a nonprofit, our revenue growth does not go to individual owners or shareholders. Our money is plowed right back into reporting, technology and business capacity, ensuring that VTDigger can continue to provide the kind of accountability reporting readers need into the future.

For more information about our finances, please download our 2018 Annual Report.

If you appreciate our reporting, please click here to become a member of VTDigger.

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Anne Galloway

About Anne

Anne Galloway is the founder and editor of VTDigger and the executive director of the Vermont Journalism Trust. Galloway founded VTDigger in 2009 after she was laid off from her position as Sunday editor of the Rutland Herald and Times Argus. VTDigger has grown from a $16,000 a year nonprofit with no employees to a $2 million nonprofit daily news operation with a staff of 25. In 2017, Galloway was a finalist for the Ancil Payne Award for Ethics, the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors FOIA Award for her investigation into allegations of foreign investor fraud at Jay Peak Resort.

Email: [email protected]

Follow Anne on Twitter @GallowayVTD

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ArtSpellman

………”News in the pursuit of Truth”………The Foundation of solid Journalism. As you grow Vt Digger,never lose sight of this. Thank you for all you do. 🙂

 

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