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The Commons is the public face of a larger nonprofit organization, Vermont Independent Media, Inc.
We came to life from the ground up in 2004, as members of the community became increasingly concerned about the consequences of absent corporate ownership of the daily newspaper in town and the need for local people to have access to the skills to create their own grassroots media.
VIM came to life lovingly and carefully thanks to indefatigable volunteers. The first public programs of the Media Mentoring Project began in 2005, and the first issue of The Commons was published in 2006. The newspaper was published monthly until 2010, when we began a weekly schedule. We are published on Wednesdays 51 times a year.
Recognizing that a vigorous exchange of ideas and information allows democracy to function and is the lifeblood of a community, Vermont Independent Media:
• creates a forum for community participation,
• promotes local independent journalism,
• fosters civic engagement by building media skills
through publication of The Commons and commonsnews.org, and through the Media Mentoring Project.
We attempt to keep our small newsroom open during the day on weekdays. But we are sometimes out covering the news, many of us are part-time, and we keep odd hours. We welcome your visit, but please make an appointment so you don't make a special trip.
We're at 139 Main St., Brattleboro, Vermont (the Hooker-Dunham Building).
Office #601A: Newsroom
Office #604: Business/Advertising
P.O. Box 1212
Brattleboro, VT 05302
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