Wednesday, November 16, 2022

You talked, we listened

summer listening tour

Help us expand our community coverage

Every day, the Adirondack Explorer works to provide essential news and information to the people who live in and care about the Adirondack Park.

This year, we set out to connect with as many of our readers and followers as possible. We headed out on the road for an “Adirondack listening tour” that took place throughout the summer and into the fall, with stops in 15 communities. We also sent a survey and continue to foster other connections made online.

On the road, we talked with seasonal and year-round residents and people just passing through on a visit. In many of the places we visited we heard common issues, around the lack of affordable housing, a shortage of workers to keep our communities vibrant and concerns around water quality and making sure the places we love stay protected.

For us, the biggest takeaway was deepening our connections with people in our communities. With your support, you can help grow our ability to report on news that matters.

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As a nonprofit, we depend on the support of readers like you to keep this critical work going. That’s why I’m excited to share that we have an incredible opportunity to increase the impact of your donation. Through December 31, we are asking our loyal friends and readers, such as yourself, to help us reach a $50,000 challenge, made possible by our Explorer board members and supported by Newsmatch, a national fundraising effort for nonprofit newsrooms.

Your donation, in any amount, will be matched dollar for dollar, sending a message that you value independent, trusted journalism that is solely focused on the Adirondack Park.

Will you help us get there? Click here to pitch in

listening tour stop in inlet

Explorer digital editor Melissa Hart (in blue) with reporter Jamie Organski to her right, spent time in Inlet talking with (from left) Blake Neumann, clean water advocate for the Adirondack Council, Kathy Riehle, and Andrew Gillcrist, of Great Camp Sagamore and Adele Burnett of Inlet’s Visitor Information Center. Photo by Emily Martz, executive director of Great Camp Sagamore.

Photo at top: A collage of photos taken during the summer listening tour. Photos by Melissa Hart

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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.




3 Responses

  1. Bob Meyer says:

    Melissa,
    Please do this again next year.. in the 2nd 1/2 of August… in or near Pottersville… 😏

  2. Bob Meyer says:

    Thank you!

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