Film Documents Vermont’s Newspaper History

By: E&P Staff

Josh Stilts / Battleboro Reformer

A local filmmaker is in the final stages of editing his one-hour documentary, “Headline Vermont” which details the history of Vermont through the state’s newspapers.

“Very seldom do newspaper journalists have stories told about them,” filmmaker and producer Daniel Lyons, of Brattleboro, said. “As a practice, Vermont journalism isn’t documented historically.”

Lyons said he was approached in August by Vermont Public Television about the project and spent six weeks shooting the film using profiles and stories from newspapers across the state.

Premiering Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., the film combines archival images, interviews with historians and journalists and re-enactments to cover the time when the Vermont Gazette of Westminster brought world news to colonists through the rise of the abolitionist press and Civil War era into the politically charged 1960s.

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