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Engagement Journalism

When you respond to one of our newsroom's surveys, ask questions about our coverage by email or social media, or respond to one of our newsletters, you are helping to shape our coverage and make it stronger.

Below are some of the stories, FAQs, programs, and resourses we've produced as a result of listeners and readers reaching out to our newsroom. 

Want to weigh in? Click or tap the links below:

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As NHPR tracks the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, we’ve been asking you to tell us how your life is changing because of coronavirus - and we’ve welcomed your questions.

Here, we answer some of your questions, and share other important information about the coronavirus and how to stay safe.

As people across the country get vaccinated against COVID-19, more of us are beginning to plan reunions with family or friends. Gerald Cooper, of Springfield, is mapping out his route to Virginia, where there's one person he can't wait to see for the first time, again: his 5-year-old granddaughter, Juniper.

During the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have turned to art to help us get through these hard times. As part of a spring series focused on how artists found community and inspiration during the pandemic, we asked our audience to share their creative pursuits.

Mask wearing sign in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
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Since New Hampshire identified its first case of COVID-19 in March 2020, NHPR has been tracking the pandemic's impact on the state.

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New Hampshire’s statewide mask mandate expired on April 16, 2021. Although wearing face masks in public will no longer be required on the state level, private businesses, cities, towns, and organizations may continue to keep mask mandates in place as they see fit.  In some cities and towns, penalties for noncompliance may apply.

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A year ago, people flocked to vacation towns in states like New Hampshire to flee COVID-19. For some, it was just a brief escape. But others settled into a rural lifestyle.

The question now is how long these newcomers are going to stay.


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To mark the one-year anniversary of the first COVID-19 death in New Hampshire, NHPR is gathering stories and photos of people who passed away due to the pandemic to put in perspective the losses we've faced over the past year.

We asked our audience to share memories of loved ones who died from the virus, and to tell us what role they played in their community, how they impacted those around them, and what made them special.

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Towns and school districts across the state are preparing for this year’s Town Meeting Day, March 9. Some NHPR listeners have reached out to ask how towns will balance the need to gather for local elections with precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

We looked into those issues, and here’s what we learned.

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The state began "Phase 1B" of its vaccine rollout two weeks ago. Those who are 65 and older, and younger people who have serious medical conditions, are now getting their first doses. 

NHPR's Morning Edition host Rick Ganley spoke with Dr. Beth Daly, the state's Chief of the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control on Tuesday. He asked her questions NHPR has received from listeners about the vaccine rollout.

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Gov. Chris Sununu used his veto pen only a handful of times in his first term, when Republicans held a majority in both chambers of the Legislature.

This session, with Democrats now holding majorities in the House and Senate, Sununu has already set a modern record for the number of gubernatorial vetoes in a single year. 

Cori Princell / NHPR

It’s been about six months since the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly changed our lives. 

From the beginning, we’ve been asking you to share your experiences with us, to help in our understanding and reporting. 

As families prepare for a new school year and more of us get back to work, it may seem like things are returning to normal. But we’re still hearing plenty of uncertainty from you.

Click here to tell us about what your experience has been like through the pandemic

Here is some of what we’ve been hearing in our survey since Aug. 1:

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As NHPR tracks the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Hampshire, we’ve been asking you to tell us how your life is changing because of coronavirus - and we’ve welcomed your questions

Our most frequent questions have continued to be about traveling in and out of the Granite State, especially during the summer months. 

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This post was updated on Aug. 11 with new information from the New Hampshire Attorney General's office.

The New Hampshire Republican Party sent mailers out last week with incorrect info on where to send absentee voter registration forms after what it says was a "printing mistake."

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Congress is in negotiations to extend federal unemployment benefits under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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The uncertainty over school reopening plans has more parents in New Hampshire exploring the option of homeschooling for the first time.

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New Hampshire’s flexible school reopening guidelines have left many parents and teachers feeling uncertain about next year. Some are eager to get back in the classroom, while others are more hesitant.

NHPR’s Alex McOwen spoke with parents and teachers from across the state, and asked them for their thoughts on school reopening. Here’s what they had to say.

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Annie Ropeik / NHPR

Massachusetts recently announced that it was ending its pandemic moratorium on reusable shopping bags, saying towns could go back to reinforcing their bans on single-use plastic bags. 

Meanwhile, New Hampshire and many other states are still not letting shoppers bring their reusable bags to stores. But is that actually helping to slow the spread of coronavirus?


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Today, Monday, could be one of the hottest days of the year, and with that comes high demand for electricity. Using less power in the heat could lower your bills – as well as carbon emissions.

Electricity bills carry a fee based on the peak demand within the year. Consultant Emily Manns of Nashua-based Standard Power says it’s possible that fee will be set today, at the peak hours: between 4 and 7 p.m.

Businesses and factories may pay a penalty for using more power during that time, but it has an effect on residential customers, too:

Dan Tuohy / NHPR

In an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Chris Sununu issued a series of executive orders in March shuttering huge segments of both economic and community life in New Hampshire. Suddenly, workers and industries were split into two camps: those deemed essential, and those not. 

More than 100 days later, nearly all corners of the state’s economy now have permission to reopen. At 11:59 p.m. on June 15, Sununu’s ‘Stay at Home’ order expired, as did the cap on gatherings of more than ten people. 

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Our new climate change reporting initiative, By Degrees, begins in an unprecedented time – one where people are making seismic shifts in their lifestyles and attitudes in response to COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Many of our listeners have wondered: why haven’t people reacted the same way to the climate emergency, and could that be about to change? 

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What happens when a restaurant doesn’t follow social distancing guidelines? Or when restaurant employees who interact with customers don’t wear their required face masks?

Violations of coronavirus guidelines usually end up in the hands of the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office by way of the phone number and email established for concerns regarding executive orders and guidelines.

On March 15, Gov. Chris Sununu announced K-12 school closures across New Hampshire and a transition to remote learning. Just over a month later, he extended his order through the end of the school year.

  

The decision changed the way the education system operates.

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The coronavirus pandemic has prompted concerns about health—and not just physical health. Financial health is also a major concern for many NHPR listeners.

Subscribe to our COVID-19 newsletter for the latest updates from NHPR.

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Health care workers in New Hampshire are at the center of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Patients rely on them, hospitals scramble to buy gear to protect them, and citizens laud them as heroes in this national crisis.

But what is it like be a health care worker right now? NHPR’s Jason Moon reports the experience of working on the front lines during this pandemic can be complicated.