Making The Case For Local Newspapers

Aug 10, 2016

The family that owns the Rutland Herald announced late last night that it's selling the Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus to a company based in Maine that owns several newspapers and news web sites there. The announcement followed speculation about the papers' future after reports of financial problems surfaced last week.

We talk with Rob Mitchell, editor in chief of the Rutland Herald, about what led to the sale. And we're joined by Herald editorial page editor David Moats and Saint Michael's College journalism professor David Mindich to discuss the challenges facing local newspapers across the country. Dropping ad revenues and changing readership habits are trends that concern people who argue that accurate local news is vital to democracy.

And, as we approach the anniversary of the Battle of Bennington, we look back at the battle's importance to the American Revolution. Phil Holland joins us to explain how American history could have unfolded differently, were not for a few keys moments in this battle.

Broadcast live on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.