Saturday, December 2, 2023

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As we look ahead to the coming year, we’d love to hear your thoughts about the Adirondack Almanack!

What do you find the most useful about this site: Finding out about area events? Reading local commentary? Connecting with other Adirondack enthusiasts?

What could we do better or differently?

Tell us your favorite/least favorite thing about the Almanack.

Feel free to comment on this post and if you could take a minute for a quick survey, it would be much appreciated! Click here to take the survey.

Pictured above: A word cloud generated from a survey of Adirondack Explorer readers this summer.





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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. louis curth says:

    Your current “wishy-washy” mantra states: “The Adirondack Almanack is a public forum dedicated to promoting and discussing current events, history, arts, nature and outdoor recreation and other topics of interest to the Adirondacks and its communities”

    Compare the above wording to two of your earlier statements of purpose:

    “About Us
    Our mission: Through its news reporting and analysis, the nonprofit Adirondack Explorer furthers the wise stewardship, public enjoyment for all, community vitality, and lasting protection of the Adirondack Park.”

    “About Us
    The Adirondack Explorer is dedicated to promoting the wise use, public enjoyment and lasting protection of the Adirondack Park. Our reporters dig deeply into the issues on which the future of the park rests—the impact of climate change on our ecosystem, the challenges of keeping our waters clean and our wilderness areas wild, and the health and economic vitality of Adirondack communities. Our recreation stories provide ideas for enjoying this special place with hikes, paddles, skis, fishing and bicycling.”

    What became of “wise use & lasting protection”? Why do I get the feeling that the Explorer/Almanack is slipping into a politically correct style of journalism where some topics are too hot to handle, and need to be avoided or soft-pedaled to keep donors on board? I hope I am wrong, because we all need a healthy vigorous discussion of issues facing Adirondackers of all ages, and nothing should be off the table for discussion – as long as it is kept factual and courteous (and we have a terrific referee named Melissa who will see to tha)t.

    If you want to increase your readership, open up discussion and let Adirondackers have a community forum that educates and builds shared values among the widest Adirondack readership. Please don’t shy away from controversy that inhibits the wise use and protection that are most needed here now and in the future-.

    • Boreas says:

      Well said. Of course there is no reason why the Explorer and Almanac need to share the same mission in the same manner. Frankly, I dropped the Explorer print edition to save on paper/energy, as I felt the content was too similar.

      I think the Almanac offers a much better opportunity for more immediate feedback and dialog. Although this can become difficult for readers with strong convictions, the dialog still should happen. We certainly can’t depend on or trust our legislators to iron out our problems alone – especially in our two-party system.

  2. Linda says:

    As a newcomer to the Adirondacks, and as someone who is not on social media such as FB and Twitter, i find the Almanac a very refreshing mixture of articles relating to fundraisers, topics specific to the Adirondacks such as plants, animal life, etc. the work of various organizations, folks who are devoting their time and energy to make the Adirondacks a wonderful place to live. etc etc I will never been a local- someone who attended college, raised children here, etc., but when I read the articles I feel a part of a large community with a wonderful diversity of backgrounds who live in the Adirondacks. I like that there is also poetry, musings, history etc. Please keep up the good work.

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