Join the Monitor’s reader advisory board

Published: 6/30/2021 3:57:53 PM

For more than 150 years, the Concord Monitor has been serving the community through local reporting. New Hampshire’s communities are diverse and changing, each with a unique view of how local news interacts with and within it. To learn how the Monitor can grow its audiences and provide vital reporting and information across communities, we need to hear from you. Whether you’ve been subscribing to the Monitor for years or reading it for the first time today, we want to know what you think – about what we’re doing well and what we can improve.

You can share your thoughts in the survey below, come to one of our community listening sessions planned for later this year or apply to be a member of the Concord Monitor Reader Advisory Board. Made up of readers from all walks of life, the Reader Advisory Board will give people the opportunity to tell us directly how the Monitor can better serve our communities.

Many have already taken the time to apply to join the reader advisory board or to offer feedback on what the Monitor is doing well and what we can do better, and for that, we’re very grateful. But we’d like to hear from even more people.

A goal of the advisory board is to bring diverse experience, insight and perspective into the same conversation, so if you’re passionate about local news and helping to create better communities, go to bit.ly/3xlTouf and apply to be part of the board.

What is the Reader Advisory Board?

For a starting term of six months, a group of board members chosen from the community will meet once a month with Monitor staff to talk about coverage, reporting, readership and community involvement. The Monitor wants to be conscious of the time commitment required, as this is a volunteer opportunity, so once the board is selected the members will vote on a meeting time and place. Reader advisory board members will have their bios and photos added to concordmonitor.com and will be invited to write Our Turns for the Opinion section to share their experience and feedback.

How can I apply?

Anyone interested in being a reader advisory board member can submit an application through our online form. In the application, you can tell us a bit about yourself and what you would bring to the board. Go to bit.ly/3xlTouf to access the online application form.

How will the board be selected?

A selection board will evaluate and choose 8 to 12 board members with the goal of including a wide range of perspectives and experiences. For example, we want to avoid the board being made up of people all from the same town or age group. The selection board will include Steve Leone, publisher; Jonathan Van Fleet, editor-in-chief; Sarah Pearson, news editor; Allie Ginwala, audience engagement editor; Ralph Jimenez, editorial board member; and Laura Kiernan, community member and former editorial board member.

We’re looking for reader advisory board members who are actively involved in the world around them, interested about local news and passionate about helping to create better communities. Here are some examples of who should apply:

■You have a connection to your school, community, neighborhood or group; you’re involved in local activities and have insight to share

■You’re a longtime or recent Monitor subscriber who reads our print or digital editions

■You have an interest in local news. You don’t have to be a Monitor subscriber, but tell us about your interest in local news and why you want to advise on the Monitor specifically

■You’re a high school student, a working professional, a parent or a senior citizen

And remember, this will be a rotating board with multiple opportunities to apply in the future.

Note: If you hold any public office or plan to run for election, please be sure to let us know in your application.

Share your thoughts now

You don’t have to be on the reader advisory board to tell us your thoughts. Let us know what you think about the Monitor by filling out this form. And stay tuned for information about our community listening sessions in the coming months.




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