CPIJ monetization series: Anne Galloway of VTDigger.org in Center City on February 3rd

Anne Galloway, executive director and editor of the Vermont Journalism Trust, will discuss launching and building the business of VTDigger.org, a statewide news website that publishes watchdog reports on state government, politics, consumer affairs, business and public policy.

VTDigger has found a wide range of foundation support, and invites visitors to help spread the word, contribute material, make donations and sponsor the website.

Please RSVP to info@cpijournalism.org for a free lunch and join us at noon on Monday, February 3rd in Room 322 at Temple University Center City, 1515 Market Street, just across from City Hall.

VTDigger.com posts original news reporting, video, audio and photos, in addition to raw information in the form of press releases and government documents. It also publishes 12 commentaries each week. The site describes a coverage philosophy of providing “deeply-reported, even-handed coverage of issues important to Vermonters and to facilitate civil discussion.”

The site lists a dozen staff and freelance contributors, and publishes new content six days a week, Monday through Saturday.

Topic tabs steer readers to reports on business and economy, courts and corrections, education, energy, environment, healthcare, people and places, and politics, while the home page features the latest reports and additional site features. A data tab promises a searchable campaign finance database with a complete listing of donors and candidates for 2011 through 2013, coming soon.

VTDigger attracts 5,000 to 8,000 individual readers daily and serves 90,000 unique visitors a month, about 3,500 daily e-mail subscribers, 5,000 Twitter followers and 3,000 Facebook fans. About 30 percent of their readers are from central Vermont.

Among supporting statements on the site, Robert J. Rosenthal of the Center for Investigative Reporting says: “VTDigger is filling a huge and important niche in Vermont journalism.”

Anne Galloway - Founder of VTDigger.org. She serves as the editor and co-publisher of the publication and executive director of the nonprofit Vermont Journalism Trust.

Galloway

Anne Galloway is the founder of VTDigger.org. She serves as the editor and co-publisher of the publication and executive director of the nonprofit Vermont Journalism Trust. She has worked as a reporter and editor in Vermont for 17 years. Galloway was the editor of the Sunday Rutland Herald and Barre Times Argus from 2004 to 2009. She began her career in newspapering as a pre-med-student-turned-literature major at the University of Kentucky, when her first feature story was published in the Kentucky Kernel. She moved to her husband’s home state, Vermont, in 1988 and took a job as a staff writer for the Hardwick Gazette and then the Barton Chronicle. For many years, Galloway was a contributing writer for Seven Days Newspaper and a visual arts reviewer for the Times Argus. Her reporting has appeared in The New York Times (the Vows column), the New York Daily News, Vermont Life and City Pages (Minneapolis). She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors.

Read more: “Our Story” at VTDigger.org.

In October, Galloway presented at the Online News Association conference with Texas Tribune editor Emily Ramshaw on nonprofit journalism financial strategies, “from diversified funding streams to events and the best fundraising pitches (and people to ask).”

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