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The Media Issue

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At first glance, our media issue might seem a little like navel-gazing; we’re a newspaper, after all, solidly part of the fourth estate — or, you could argue, the “fifth estate,” a contemporary sociocultural reference to nonmainstream media outlets. But how you get information matters, and someone has to cover it. Who else is going to point you to two cool local podcasts, or profile one of WCAX-TV’s most reliable accident-scene videographers? In this issue, we interview former Vermont Cynic editor Eric Lipton, who just won his second Pulitzer Prize, and hang around the newsrooms of three successful small newspapers — in Barton, Randolph and Brattleboro. In the digital realm, our comment moderation team compiled an online quiz that demonstrates the difficulty of policing trolls. Oh, and in anticipation of our 20th anniversary, this week’s 400th episode of Stuck in Vermont is all about Seven Days cofounders Pamela Polston and Paula Routly. Rest assured that their navels will be fully covered.