As part of this year’s July 4 parade in Milton, Vt., a time capsule from 1991 was unearthed and opened. Among the artifacts was a copy of monthly newsletter Milton Matters, a publication started by former New York journalist Lynn Delaney.
In 1993, Delaney segued to a new enterprise, free weekly newspaper the Milton Independent, and today that publication is thriving under the leadership of executive editor Courtney Lamdin, 29, and associate editor Abby Ledoux, 24.
Lamdin was hired by Delaney in 2009 and earlier this year, her oversight was expanded to also include sister publications the Brandon Reporter and the Colchester Sun. She tells Seven Days staff writer Mark Davis that an important part of the reward is the scope of things in Milton, population 10,827:
“I always told myself I’d move when things got too repetitious and boring, and I wasn’t learning anything, but I feel like I’ve made this job what I’ve wanted,” Lamdin said. “I feel that’s something I could not duplicate at a larger paper. Maybe I’m selling myself short. But I feel like I can see the impact of my work here. That’s what keeps me here.”
Writer Davis has some inspiring details about the investigation that won the Independent a New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) prize earlier this year, as well information about what went into Ledoux’s coverage of the Georgia Volunteer Fire Department. Both Ledoux and Lamdin are native Vermonters. Ledoux graduated from Emerson College in 2014, while Lamdin earned her journalism degree from St. Michael’s College in 2009.
Image via: miltonindependent.com
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