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We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services or opinions. VTDigger reserves the unconditional right to reject or require disclaimers for any content which as determined in VTDigger’s sole discretion may be misleading, offensive or which could undermine the mission of the organization.
Conflicts of interest
Vermont Journalism Trust
Vermont Journalism Trust board members may not use their position to influence the reporting of the news. Board members are prohibited from using their position as a member of the board, as a donor, or as a contributor in any other capacity, to influence the reporting of VTDigger, a project of the trust.
In keeping with VTDigger’s commitment to cover Vermont without fear or favor, the newsroom uses several protocols — including, when appropriate, disclosures and recusals — to address potential conflicts of interest.
Commentaries & letters to the editor
Please see the submissions page for our policies on submitting opinion content.
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- Communicate with us;
- Request email newsletters;
- Sign up for events; and
- Make member contributions.
We also collect anonymous, aggregated statistics from third-party analytics, server logs and similar technology. When we link personal information with other information, we treat all of the linked information as personal information.
Personal information collection
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How we use information
We use personal information to:
- Improve our services;
- Deliver services you request;
- Communicate with you; and
- Deliver marketing and promotions.
We may send email to the email address you provide to us to verify your account and for operational purposes, such as account management, customer service, or system maintenance and to alert you to new products and services from VTDigger.
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How we share information
We may share your information:
- with our third-party service providers;
- to comply with legal obligations;
- to protect our rights and property;
- with your permission.
We do not rent, sell, or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies for their direct marketing purposes.
Updating or deleting personal information
We will delete personal information we hold about you, at your request by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You may update your email preferences here.
Security of your personal information
VTDigger makes every effort to maintain the integrity and security of personal information in our custody. While we strive to protect your personal information, VTDigger does not warrant the security of any information you give to us, and you do so at your own risk.
Your information is collected by proprietary third-party hosts for the purpose of delivering email and contribution services. Your information is not shared with anyone.