About Us

Vermont Community Media
The parent company for the Rutland Herald, Times Argus and other Vermont publications. The company operates on principles of independence for each individual publication, public service and business excellence.

Our Mission:
To serve our customers and our community by providing indispensable, timely, accurate and relevant information. To foster debate, critical thinking, a spirit of independence, civic responsibility and a vibrant community. To cultivate a team of exceptional people in a dynamic and rewarding workplace.

Our Vision:
To serve our communities as the independent, trusted voice of Vermont.

Our publications:
The Rutland Herald
The Rutland Herald is the oldest continuously family-owned newspaper in the United States published under the same name in the same city. Seven families have owned the Herald; the current owners are the Mitchell family.

Fifth-generation Vermonter Bob Mitchell, then the newspaper’s editor, bought the Herald from the Field family with partner Leroy Noble in 1947.

“I knew he [Bill Field] was entrusting the Herald to me because he thought I would manage it as nearly as possible like a public trust,” Mitchell remembered of William Field, himself a second-generation newspaper owner. The newspaper operates under the same philosophy today, in part due to a handshake agreement between Mitchell and the Noble family. When the Nobles decided to sell, they accepted a less lucrative offer from the Mitchells, rather than have the newspaper bought out by a national chain.

The Herald today does well what it has done throughout its life, as spelled out in the very first edition from Dec. 8, 1794: “…The end we mean to have steadily in view is, to make the Herald an Instructive, Entertaining, and Useful Paper, uninfluenced by parties, and as free as possible from any mixture of prejudice.”

The Herald is the only paper in Vermont to be honored with journalism’s highest award, the Pulitzer Prize, for principled editorials by David Moats about the debate over civil unions in 2000. The newspaper has also won dozens of awards for advertising, layout, reporting, public service and general excellence – just in this decade. Several of the Herald’s reporters and editors have gone on to win Pulitzers at other newspapers as well.

After Bob Mitchell’s death in 1993, his son R. John Mitchell became the publisher of the Rutland Herald.

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus
The Barre Daily Times first came out on March 16, 1897. The first daily edition of the Montpelier Evening Argus ran on October 30, 1897. The two papers merged on August 30, 1959, when the Times bought the Argus.

The Barre Daily Times was founded by Frank E. Langley to meet the demands of the growing Granite City. In the early days his wife set the type in their home with their children playing at her feet, and Frank sold the newspapers for a penny each in the streets. Langley sold shares in the paper in 1917 to six of his workers, one of whom was Alex Walker. Langley passed away in 1938 and Walker bought out his partners in 1958.

The Montpelier Argus began life as a weekly newspaper, the Argus-Patriot, founded in 1863 by Hiram Atkins. His son, Morris Fletcher Atkins, made the paper an evening daily in 1897, and was succeeded by his daughter, Elaine Atkins, in the 1940s. The Argus was struggling financially in 1959 when Alex Walker bought it and merged the two papers two days later.

In 1964, Walker sold the Times Argus to the Mitchells and Nobles, keeping the operation a locally-owned and operated publication.

John Mitchell, Bob Mitchell’s son, became publisher of the Times Argus in May of 1979, writing that the goals of the paper were to: “…cover the news in depth that readers … want to read about … focusing attention on affairs in state and local government which affect all our readers.”

That focus remains today.

Vermont Press Bureau
Founded as the Morning Press Bureau in 1919 and tasked with coverage of Vermont’s legislature while it was in session, the Vermont Press Bureau became a full-time news operation in 1935, when Bob Mitchell was hired from the Bennington Banner to provide year-round political and government coverage for the Rutland Herald and the Burlington Free Press. During the session, two additional reporters would be assigned to the state house. By 1964, Mitchell owned the Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and with some convincing by Herald editor Kendall Wild, dissolved the partnership with the Free Press to found the three-member Vermont Press Bureau.
That tradition continues with a three-person bureau reporting on state politics, government and policy year-round. Find them at www.vermontpressbureau.com.

New England Business Journals
Did you hear about the Addison County Localvore movement? About the guy making one-of-a-kind custom garden mats out of a barn in Worcester? How about the revitalization of the national historic treasure Robert Todd Lincoln’s Hildene into a year-round tourist destination?
That’s the kind of news that the monthly New England Business Journals bring to a targeted business audience of CEOs, senior managers, small business owners and decision makers. It’s the news these people need to keep up to date on the business world around them – in this case communities across Vermont and into New Hampshire.
The Journals communicate positive business news, written by local writers who know their communities and cover everything from the mom-and-pop shop next door to the locally-based international corporations. Each one is targeted to a specific region and goes into much greater depth than statewide business publications. No business is too small – or too big – for these Journals.
Each edition includes a variety of news on new businesses, changes, and business people, as well as an editorial spotlight that goes into depth on a particular industry, like Spring Construction or Financial Services.
A print ad in all four journals will be seen by an audience of 80,000 business leaders, from the Canadian border to the Massachusetts border, from the shores of Lake Champlain to the Connecticut River.
The Rutland Business Journal and the Valley Business Journal were founded in 1984 and the Champlain Business Journal in 1995; the first edition of the Battenkill Business Journal was in 2009. The journals were purchased by the Rutland Herald in 2003.

Battenkill Business Journal
Mailed to almost 2,000 people in Bennington, Windham and Windsor counties, with 6,000 more distributed at key sites in Bennington County.

Champlain Business Journal
Merged with the Times Argus magazine Strictly Business; the combined publication is mailed to more than 9,500 people in Washington, Chittenden, Lamoille and Franklin counties with 5,500 more distributed at key points across central and northern Vermont.

Rutland Business Journal
Mailed to 4,300 people in Rutland, Addison, Windsor and Bennington counties; 5,700 more are distributed at key sites in southwestern Vermont.

Valley Business Journal
Mailed to 4,500 people in the Connecticut River Valley; 4,400 more are distributed at key sites in Orange and Windsor counties and New Hampshire.

Vermont Today
The classifieds and business directory site for the Rutland Herald and Times Argus; Vermont Today and its companion blog, the Vermont Today breaking news blog, are a growing resource for people interested in Vermont.

In partnership with Monster.com, our statewide jobs site is second to none with more then 41,000 resumes and 625,000 job searches performed monthly. The site consistently boosts the largest, most current list of job postings of any site in the state. It includes personalization features, career advice, job search tips, our exclusive Monster-Match employer-to-employee matching service and Monster Video job offers.

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