From the Editor: Paying VTDigger forward

From the Editor: Paying VTDigger forward

Anne Galloway speaks at VTDigger’s 10th anniversary celebration at The Alchemist in Stowe on Sunday, August 25, 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell / VTDigger

Dear reader,

When I started VTDigger 13 years ago, I never imagined that it would become Vermont’s largest newsroom and the national example it is today. The organization has been successful beyond my wildest dreams.

It was in 2009 that I started building one of the first non-profit online news organizations in the country. Without capital letters and without capital, I covered the State Palace alone, armed with a notebook and a home video camera. But my vision was to create a large-scale newsroom by ensuring that the people of Vermont had access to news about the internal workings of government. It was then that I believed, as now, that journalism is the basis of the democratic values ​​we share.

Today, VTDigger is the Vermont log newspaper and the only nonprofit online news organization in the country that has replaced daily printed newspapers in a local market. We have developed a sustainable financing model that is the envy of our competitors in press and broadcast.

Now is the time to let VTDigger thrive on its own. I retired from the management of VTDigger and its parent organization, the Vermont Journalism Trust, to become the founder and general editor. This new feature will allow me to continue reporting on the EB-5 scandal at Jay Peak Resort and return to my roots as an investigative journalist.

Founding VTDigger has been the most rewarding professional experience of my life to date. I am a heartfelt entrepreneur and have a knack for finding technological and business solutions for journalism. I hope to take what I’ve learned in VTDigger to a bigger stage.

The Vermont Journalism Trust will begin the national search for a new leader this summer. Over the next six months, I will be assisting the board with the transition, as VTDigger continues to publish excellent reports and expand coverage to regions of the state.

Meanwhile, the organization is in good hands. Jim Welch has been named interim executive director. You may be familiar with Jim’s work as an executive editor at the Burlington Free Press in the 1980’s. After his successful career at Free Press, he served as an executive at USA Today for decades. I think news organizations work best when they are run by journalists, and Jim continues that tradition at VTDigger.

And don’t worry. You’ll receive the latest in-depth news from VTDigger every day, thanks to the unconditional efforts of product manager Stacey Peters, who will continue to make digital trains work on time.

At a time when newspapers are struggling in Vermont and across the country, here are some of the hits I’m most proud of:

  • More Vermontists who never rely on VTDigger for critical daily news coverage. The organization has grown to 550,000 unique readers a month.
  • The number of employees in the workforce is 32, more than the 23 in 2019.
  • VTDigger is one of the first nationwide news organizations to participate in the American Journalism Project’s business capacity program.
  • I am personally proud of the generous salaries and benefits of the company for our workers and business staff.
  • VTDigger has won dozens of local and national awards for our journalism and technology innovations, including a congressional praise for Covid’s coverage.
  • The organization’s business and web development projects have received support from the Google News Initiative, Facebook Accelerator, and the Lenfest Institute.
  • Sulzberger’s executive leadership program has recognized me as a national leader.

When I write again, I leave VTDigger with a solid financial foundation knowing that my original subscription, membership, e-commerce and philanthropy strategy is a winning combination. This sustainable model will ensure that the organization continues to serve readers for years to come.

It has been a privilege to lead this pioneering company with such a dedicated group of publishers, journalists and business staff. His commitment to the VTDigger mission is inspiring.

There’s nothing more rewarding for me than listening to readers thanking VTDigger for making a tangible difference in their lives. People all over the state have shown me a lot of love and support over the years. I can’t express how grateful I am for that.

By the way, I’m not going anywhere. I will spend more time in my garden this summer (and Jim will spend less).

Keep looking for more news in search of the truth.

Anne Galloway

Founder and general editor 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 being fired as its Sunday editor. Rutland Herald i Argus weather. VTDigger has gone from a $ 16,000-a-year nonprofit non-employee organization to a $ 2 million daily nonprofit operation with a workforce of 25 people. In 2017, Galloway was a finalist for the Ancil Payne Ethics Award, the Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, and the FOIA Award for Journalists and Investigative Editors for his research on allegations of foreign investor fraud at Jay Peak. Resort.