ITHACA, N.Y. — As the year starts to wind down, we want to reflect and hear from our readers about how we can improve our coverage in 2019 and continue to grow.

We want to hear from you what’s working and what’s not. What coverage would you like to see more of? What would you like to see less of? What do we do well? What do we need to do better?

The Ithaca Voice launched over four years ago to provide access to independent, local news — always for free. Across the country, local news organizations have slashed newsrooms and reduced coverage of their communities, but the need for local news has never dwindled.

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Our mission will always be to provide free, local news. So far this year, we’ve had nearly 900,000 users on our website read stories on our site 3.7 million times. We are always trying new ideas based on feedback from the community. We recently launched a free obituaries section. We also recognize our limitations with such a small staff, but we have been exploring creative solutions and collaborations to provide in-depth coverage of important issues like food insecurity or most recently, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s election.

As a nonprofit news organization, we depend on our generous sponsors and donors in the community to keep producing news every day.

So please take a few minutes to take our survey and provide feedback that will help shape our coverage in 2019. We have some exciting projects in the works so stay tuned for a bigger update soon. As an added bonus, two survey takers will win a pair of tickets to the Kitchen Theatre! If you want to be entered, make sure to add your email address at the end.

Thank you for reading and if you ever have story ideas or questions, you don’t have to wait until we do surveys, you can reach out Managing Editor Kelsey O’Connor anytime at

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Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.