KMA Publications Inc. publishes The Vermont Journal and The Shopper. Our weekly newspapers are distributed free of charge via the U.S. Postal Service, and through regional businesses. They are upbeat with a neutral standpoint, dedicated to accurately reporting news, events, sports, and other activities in the Okemo Valley, Connecticut River Valley, and parts of the Upper Valley.
KMA’s publisher, Bob Miller, is no stranger to rural Vermont or newspaper publishing. His family owned four weekly newspapers in Bellows Falls, including The Shopper. Bob first worked for The Patriot Ledger in Boston, and then owned The Freeman’s Journal in Cooperstown, New York. He moved back to Vermont in 1998 and maintained the family paper, The Shopper, and also started The Vermont Journal based in Waitsfield until end of 2005. He then moved the operation to its present location in Ludlow, Vermont.
The Vermont Journal and The Shopper focus on the unique character, issues, and offerings relevant to each paper’s location and coverage area. The Vermont Journal focuses on Central Vermont towns including Belmont, Cavendish, Chester, Cuttingsville, Londonderry, Ludlow, Mount Holly, Plymouth, Proctorsville, Tyson, Weston, and surrounding communities. The Shopper concentrates on Southern Vermont towns including Bellows Falls, Grafton, Putney, Saxtons River, Springfield,Weathersfield, Westminster, and neighboring Vermont communities, as well as Acworth, Alstead, Charlestown, Walpole, and adjacent communities in New Hampshire.
As a service to the community, we provide an editorial page for readers to voice their opinions on various local issues and world news events. We also welcome press releases and other regional news from our local residents and businesses. Though we love to hear from our community, we do have limited space on each page, so every submission is not guaranteed to be printed.
For our advertisers we provide a Yellow Page Business Directory, as well as a Classified section for smaller listings. We also have a special Business Spotlight section to shine light on our smaller local businesses and business owners, free of charge! Submit your own Classified, Business Directory listing, or regular display ads to our publications today!
We are here to serve our community its local news, events, and more. Your news, ads, and feedback are all appreciated, and we thank you for choosing The Vermont Journal and The Shopper!
To produce economically sound newspapers that add to the identity and pride of the communities they serve, record the history of the town and its people, and make a difference in the quality of life for the residents and merchants. KMA Publications Inc. is dedicated to the belief that a strong community newspaper is essential to a strong community.
By promoting readership of the community’s current events and issues, thereby fostering better citizenship. By promoting readership of local advertising, thereby fostering a healthy economic environment.
By providing a news publication that adheres to high ethical and professional standards and focuses primarily on those events occurring within the circulation area of the newspaper. News will be objective, well written, well edited, sensitive, enlightening, challenging and useful. The newspapers will also act as a community forum for opinion, and will give high priority to celebrating the achievements of its readers.
By providing total market coverage of the newspapers to enable the local businesses to reach the buying public, and by making the newspaper available at highly accessible newsstands throughout the circulation area.
By providing advertisers with a high-readership product, good service, creative advertising layouts, quality printing, and advertising opportunities that generate high return on the investment.
By providing web sites that provide news archives and community resources.
By creating a challenging workplace for employees who are interested in growing in experience and professional skills. That workplace will foster good co-worker relations, will recognize outstanding contributions by employees and will encourage all to participate in creating news products that are a source of pride to the community and the company.
By encouraging community service among employees, recognizing that the more they are involved with the community, the better they will be able to understand and serve it.