New England Public Media Wants to Hear From Listeners

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum is the next stop on the New England Public Media summer listening tour. 
The in-person event will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
The events are free and open to the public; food and refreshments will be provided along with a door prize raffle at each location. Attendees are asked to register here.
The listening tour kicked off on July 20 in Northampton and has so far been in Greenfield, Westfield and Springfield. and will conclude on Aug. 3 in Hartford, Conn. 
NEPM staff will be on hand to hear from listeners and use their feedback to inform programming and public outreach. 
"Our mission as public media is to meet the public where they are and provide content that meets their needs and serves the larger community," said Matt Abramovitz, president of NEPM. "We hope that residents take advantage of these events to tell us what they want to see and hear on NEPM over the next few years."
The tour came out of a series of focus groups conducted earlier this summer and participants will be asked to make out a survey. The project is being conducted in partnership with MassINC Polling Group, a public opinion research firm with offices in Boston and Northampton.
New England Public Media is a community-supported, independent non-profit organization based in Springfield.

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