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30Sep/120

Fall hiatus

I will be taking a brief hiatus from the blog for a fall vacation. See you next week!

30Sep/120

Budget for Oct. 1, 2012 edition

Here's what the newsroom staff is working on for the Oct. 1, 2012 edition of the Reformer. Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

If you have any information that could be useful to any of these stories, we'd love to hear from you (call 802-254-2311 ext. 7 or e-mail news@reformer.com).

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28Sep/120

Budget for the Sept. 29-30, 2012 weekend edition

Here's what the newsroom staff is working on for the Sept. 29, 2012 edition of the Reformer. Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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27Sep/120

Budget for Sept. 28, 2012 edition

Here's what the newsroom staff is working on for the Sept. 28, 2012 edition of the Reformer. Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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27Sep/120

Behind the Scenes: Livestreaming with Emily Peyton

Reporter Mike Faher interviews Emily Peyton, independent candidate for Vermont governor, at the Reformer offices on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 27. (I'm running the tech end of things.)

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26Sep/120

Budget for Sept. 27, 2012 edition

Here's what the newsroom staff is working on for the Sept. 27, 2012 edition of the Reformer. Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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26Sep/120

How do you want the news?

The Future Journalism Project had a great post earlier today, discussing a new Pew Research Center report (done in conjunction with the Knight Foundation) which breaks down how adults in the U.S. "receive" their local news each day. Best of all, it's broken down by community type.

Here's a quick look at how those community-types break down:

Urban residents tend to rely on a range of platforms for information, including local news, and use some combination of Internet searches, Twitter, blogs and websites of local TV stations and newspapers. "Urbanites were also those least tied to their communities in terms of how long they lived in the community and how many people they know."

Suburban residents rely on local radio more than in other types of communities (perhaps due to longer commutes?). Compared to other groups, these people are most interested in news and information about arts and cultural events. "Like urbanites, they are heavy digital participators who comment and share the news."

Small town residents rely on traditional news platforms like television and newspapers for local news. The report also makes note that newspapers are especially important for providing civic information. People in these communities (I'm proud to say) are most concerned about what would happen if the local newspaper no longer existed. "Small town Americans prefer the local newspaper for a long list of information—including local weather, crime, community events, schools, arts and culture, taxes, housing, zoning, local government and social services."

Rural residents are less interested than any other group when it comes to almost all local topics -- except taxes. Like small town residents, these folks rely on newspapers and TV for news. "... They are less likely than others to say it is easier now to keep up with local information."

More discussion from the report can be found here.

Download the full report (pdf), here.

25Sep/120

Budget for Sept. 26, 2012 edition

Here's what the newsroom staff is working on for the Sept. 26, 2012 edition of the Reformer. Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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25Sep/120

Livestreaming continues at Reformer offices

Following our recent success with livestreaming, we'll have two more candidates stop by the Reformer offices on Thursday -- Wendy Wilton, candidate for state treasurer; and Emily Peyton, independent candidate for Vermont governor -- to meeting with the editorial board and our political beat writer.

Learning from the past session(s), we'll try some new/different camera angles. I'm also hoping promoting such meetings further in advance will prompt questions from the community. My biggest concern is that while the timing of such meetings -- typical early to mid-afternoon, or late morning -- isn't quite as convenient to members of the community, who are more than likely at jobs at those times. Still, following the livestream the interviews are saved into our YouTube Channel, so people can still benefit from them even if they can't interact.

Coming up next week, Rep. Peter Welch may be stopping by the offices. And several other candidates have left messages to set up meetings. It looks to be a busy month-and-a-half before the November elections!

24Sep/120

Budget for Sept. 25, 2012 edition

Here's what the newsroom staff is working on for the Sept. 25, 2012 edition of the Reformer. Please note: Just because it appears on this budget, doesn't mean it will run in tomorrow's newspaper — some stories will be held to get complete information; some stories may be dropped completely. Stories might be held for space, or other timing considerations. Also, breaking stories may not appear on this budget.

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