Welcome to the 2017-18 Vermont Press Association contest. Submissions must be published from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Deadline for entries: Friday, Oct. 19, 11:59 p.m. Payments must be received at the VPA office in Colchester by: Thursday, Nov. 1. Annual banquet: Dec. 13, 2018. In our second year […]

VPA Contest for 2017-18


Below is an important joint statement on behalf of the Vermont Press Association and New England First Amendment Coalition addressing the recent Burlington High School newspaper censorship controversy. (Click here for a PDF version.) After this statement was drafted and approved by both organizations today, one of our requests — […]

VPA, NEFAC Joint Statement on Burlington High School Newspaper Censorship ...


Welcome to the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Vermont Press Association Awards. Deadline: Sept. 22, 2017 This year, for the first time, we are accepting entries online only. You will find detailed instructions on how to upload entries within each award description. It is vital that entrants follow the file-name conventions described […]

VPA Contest for 2015-16 and 2016-17



Contact: Mike Donoghue Executive Director (802) 310-7866 For immediate release: NEW VERMONT LAW PROVIDES FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS FOR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS May 27, 2017 SOUTH BURLINGTON—Gov. Phil Scott has signed into law legislation that provides greater First Amendment protections for student journalists and their teachers/advisers in Vermont. “The Vermont Press […]

New Vermont law provides First Amendment protections to students and ...


Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed the “Shield Law for Journalists” bill at the Statehouse on May 17, 2017.  The law protects journalists from having to reveal  confidential sources and information received.  Paul Heintz, a member of the executive board of the Vermont Press Association, which pushed for the new law, was […]

Vermont Passes Shield Law for Journalists


Contact: Mike Donoghue Executive Director Vermont Press Association (802) 310-7866 For immediate release: VERMONT PRESS ASSOCIATION PRAISES LEGISLATURE FOR PASSING SHIELD LAW FOR JOURNALISTS April 20, 2017 The Vermont Press Association praises and thanks the Vermont Legislature for approving a shield law designed to protect journalists from unwarranted subpoenas concerning their sources. […]

Vermont Press Association praises Legislature for passing shield law for journalists



Vermont’s journalism community is calling on the legislature to defend the First Amendment by establishing basic legal protections for reporters and their sources. Unlike most other states, Vermont does little to prevent the legal system from essentially deputizing journalists by forcing them to reveal confidential sources and information on the […]

Vermont Media Shield Bill (FAQ)


Vermont Press Association features debate for three statewide offices on Sunday Oct. 23 at St. Michael’s College    COLCHESTER — The Vermont Press Association is sponsoring “Debate Sunday” to allow voters a chance to hear the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general on Sunday Oct. 23, at St. […]

VPA Hosts Debates for Statewide Offices Oct. 23


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Watchdog Workshops



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