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A MAP OF NEWS DESERTS INCLUDING TOLLAND COUNTY CONNECTICUT

Why

 

Strong local news organizations have the ability to educate citizens, hold governments accountable, and remind us of the ties that bind us as a community. Unfortunately, like many small communities across the country, Stafford is in a news desert. In fact, Tolland is the only county in Connecticut without a newspaper. The Stafford Free Press aims to remedy this problem.

What

 

The Stafford Free Press’s goal is to educate and inform the citizenry, bring transparency to the inner workings of our government, and tell the stories that make Stafford special. Of course, as a lean, start-up news organization, we have to make some calls about what we can cover (at least for now). So, we’ll start by focusing on the Selectboard, Board of Education, and Planning & Zoning meetings. We believe these bodies have the most impact on the future of our town. We’ll include other coverage as we can and are happy to entertain submissions from community members (though we reserve the right to edit any submissions we use to ensure high standards).

Who

Theresa Cramer is our editor, reporter, and jack-of-all-trades. She is a resident of Stafford with two decades of experience as a writer. She began her career as a local news reporter and today is the co-founder of Quiet Corner Communications. 

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