, Gloucester, MA


August 31, 2013

Why Did My Newspaper Do That? Seeking your input through online survey

We’ve had a fair amount of stories in the Times lately about the reaching out for public input.

Last spring, for example, the Gloucester School Committee surveyed the local “school community” to get their sense of what course they’d like to see the city support when it comes to building new schools and maintaining the so-called “neighborhood” school concept.

In Manchester, new Town Administrator Gregory Federspiel and the Board of Selectmen are asking residents to weigh in on what they think of the town’s services, and what could be carried out better. And we’ve encouraged both Gloucester and Rockport officials to reach out for more resident input through referendum questions on the city’s plans for a new West Parish School, and Rockport’s choices regarding the leases at Long Beach.

Now, it’s our turn.

That’s right, we’ve launched a survey of our own — and it’s one that can make you a winner, too.

As noted over the last few days by ads in the Times, and in the main, rotating photo display online at, we’re asking you to take the time to fill out the online survey by clicking on the box and telling us, among other things, where you get your news and other information, what parts of the Times you read, how often you read us, what ad products and services you use, and where you get your ideas for shopping, dining out or carrying out other aspects of daily life here on Cape Ann.

What parts of the Times’ news coverage are you most likely to read? Our local news coverage? Arts and entertainment news? Taste of the Times? Our Opinion page? Sports?

Those are just a few of the questions that come up over perhaps a 20-minute survey, which is being carried out by all four of our North of Boston Media Group papers. And the questions are wide ranging.

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