VTDigger wins top honors for investigative reporting, photography and social media

A driver brandishes a significant knife as he attempts to generate through a demonstration blocking Elmwood Avenue in Burlington on Oct. 28, 2020. The demonstration marked a court settlement involving Migrant Justice and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and was held in front of the Federal Developing. Picture by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

VTDigger took house a dozen awards last weekend at the New England Newspaper and Push Association’s yearly convention in Boston — like 5 initial-location finishes for investigative reporting, images and the use of social media in breaking news. 

Vermont’s premier newsroom was also honored for its video clips and newsletters, as properly as for its coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic and regional and point out elections. 

“I am so proud of the VTDigger employees for their excellent get the job done,” said Anne Galloway, founder and editor of VTDigger. “In a tough competitiveness, we showed our mettle as Vermont’s newspaper of document.” 

The nonprofit information corporation gained its awards at the New England Greater Newspaper Levels of competition in the news expert services and on the web information web sites division. Some others competing in that division bundled the Connected Push, Boston.com and MassLive.

VTDigger gained two top prizes in the prestigious “Investigative/Enterprise Reporting” category. Reporter Emma Cotton came in very first location for her groundbreaking coverage of Slate Ridge, a military-design and style training facility that has terrorized neighbors in rural Pawlet. NENPA’s judges called it “a excellent piece of reporting that raised critical crimson flags about the prospective dangers” of Slate Ridge and “strong more than enough to force state officers to get action.”

Former reporter Katie Jickling arrived in second area in the same classification for her account of two youthful females who alleged abuse at the arms of their high university vice principal. The judges termed it “an exceptional piece of in-depth reporting on an difficulty that was overlooked for far too prolonged.”

Lydia Diamond, the mother of Brandon Williams, ideal, listens as Essex Police Main Ron Hoague, still left, speaks in the course of a protest outside the house the section on Thursday, July 22, 2021, to protest their cure of Brandon Williams, second from correct. Image by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

Staff members photographer Glenn Russell received five awards in the NENPA contest, three of which had been initial-put finishes. Russell gained prime honors in the “Spot News Photo” class for an graphic of a male brandishing a knife as he attempted to push via an immigration-similar protest the “Feature Photo” class for a shot of Santa Claus speaking to a little one behind a sheet of plexiglass and the “Contemporary Troubles Photo” category for an impression of protesters and police interacting outside the Essex police station. Russell also arrived in next in both equally the feature and modern problems categories. 

Senior editor Mike Dougherty received the top rated prize for “Best Use of Social Media in Breaking News” for his perform sharing vital public overall health details during the Covid-19 pandemic by means of social media, online video, graphics and live-streaming. Dougherty, who was serving at the time as VTDigger’s digital editor, also came in next in the “News Video” category for a video clip he made conveying how to vote by mail in the 2020 election. 

Santa Claus speaks to a baby guiding a sheet of plexiglass at the University Mall in South Burlington on Dec. 4, 2020. Image by Glenn Russell/VTDigger

VTDigger’s whole staff received 2nd location in two important and really competitive groups: “Best Protection of Coronavirus” and “Local Election Protection.” In the previous classification, VTDigger was identified for its function providing lifesaving information and facts to its readers throughout the pandemic through investigations, explanatory reporting, a liveblog, information visualization, FAQs, reside situations, podcasts, a company directory and far more. In the latter classification, VTDigger was honored for its coverage of Vermont’s 2020 election and 2021 Town Assembly Day. 

In describing VTDigger’s protection of the pandemic, NENPA judges cited the organization’s “deep-seated and abiding determination to fantastic journalism” and “the regularity of creating and presentation above an extended interval.”

VTDigger also came in third area in the “Outstanding Newsletter” group for its protection of condition governing administration and politics in the “Final Reading” newsletter, which was published at the time by previous political reporter Package Norton.  

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