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The Downfall of Local Media

A Starry SKy Over Acadia 2

A starry sky over Acadia National Park in Maine

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.org/2019/11/downfall-local-media

Ok, bear with me, here. It’s Black Friday going through Cyber Monday and then on to Giving Tuesday, and here’s the part where I’m supposed to write a post advertising my calendars or my stunning images on my website (which is still a work in progress with cleanup and keywording). I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m using this post to advertise daily news about our national parks (of which I am a part and for which I volunteer my writing and photos).

 
If you’ve ever read any of my photo articles on the National Parks Traveler (www.nationalparkstraveler.org), maybe you’ve also taken a gander around the rest of that site and listened to one of the podcasts or read about things to do and see in national parks, book reviews, op-eds, and daily news items about national parks all over the U.S. and in some cases, in other parts of the world. Not every mainstream news outlet does that, and definitely not on a daily basis. Usually, CNN, the Washington Post, and the New York Times (to name a few) do that only with BIG news items or sensational stories. They don’t bother with letting you know about where you can make comments on something that might affect a national park near you or one you are planning to visit, and they definitely don’t go into any great detail. Heck, some of those big outlets even used the National Parks Traveler’s reporting to flesh out their stories (think about the Joshua Tree incidents during the last government shutdown).
 
The Traveler and it’s founder are award winners. Most recently, the Traveler received the Western National Parks Association (WNPA) Steward L. Udall Award for “work … carrying the park message to popular audiences and rallying broad support for the parks.” That’s a big deal and a big honor.
 
You’re getting that news for free – no subscription fee or paywall. And I’m sure you believe anything you read on the internet should be free, right? But there are hidden costs to providing you with national parks news: website maintenance, travel costs, gear costs, having to hire some journalists and photographers on commission in places that I and the other volunteer staff cannot get to. Really, there is only one full-time staffer for the Traveler, and that’s the founder and editor-in-chief himself.
 
If you want to continue reading daily news about our national parks and other protected lands, as well as all the other interesting items I mentioned above, then please consider making a donation. The Traveler is a non-profit organization so it’s tax-deductible. Heck, I donated to the Traveler and I write for the Traveler! That should tell you right there how much I believe in an organization for which I volunteer my time, writing, and imagery. And, you can donate any amount, from $5.00 on upwards, and you can make it a monthly donation, if you want. So, if you donate $5.00 per month, you’ve made a $60 donation over the course of a year. And believe me, every bit counts!
 
Think about it, anyway. I know there are tons of organizations that can use donations. Just include the Traveler in that list. And, thanks for reading this and thanks for any donation you make.
 

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National Parks Traveler Podcast #41: Addressing The Backlog, Out In The Parks, Spaceport Secrecy

Reflection Lake Scenery

A Reflection of “The Mountain” on Reflection Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

I write and photograph for the National Parks Traveler, a non-profit media site dedicated to daily reporting on national parks and other protected lands. Since about February of this year, the Traveler has also been producing weekly podcasts that air every Sunday. Today’s podcast talks about the National Park System’s $12 BILLION maintenance backlog with John Garder, the senior director of budget and appropriations for the National Parks Conservation Association, interviews Moon USA National Parks author Becky Lomax, and offers up some thoughts about efforts to build a commercial spaceport just west of Cumberland Island National Seashore.

To listen to this approximately 50-minute long podcast (or download it for later listening), click on the image above.

Oh, and you’ll be hearing me on a future podcast or two. I interviewed with the Traveler’s founder and editor-in-chief yesterday about winter photography, and I’m scheduled to talk to him again about favorite spots of mine for photography in the national parks I’ve visited.

 

 

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Please Take This Short Survey On National Parks Traveler

Old Faithful

Old Faithful at Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park
(Click the image to take the survey)

Hey folks, if you follow my blog posts, you know the majority of images I post are of national parks. You also know I’m a contributing photographer and editor to the National Parks Traveler, a nonprofit media site reporting on a daily basis about our national parks, national memorials, national seashores, national recreation areas, national historic sites and other protected public lands.

The Traveler has published a short survey they would like you to take, if you love reading about your favorite national parks and public lands and staying up to date on news about those lands.

In the Traveler’s own words:

“As the Internet’s only editorially independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to covering national parks and protected areas, National Parks Traveler (NPT) produces over 1,250 stories for the public for free each year in hopes of educating, informing and stimulating important discussion and debate about how the U.S. National Park System, national parks and protected areas worldwide are managed.

As a newly established nonprofit organization, our work is funded solely by private donations and small grants. However, with 1.5 million readers world-wide, a social media footprint of more than 300,000, and an annual growth rate of roughly 9.5%, the time has come for us to take our operations and organizational maturity to the next level.

In 2019, we hope to build infrastructure and enhance our data capturing systems, so we can more effectively deliver our mission and produce a stronger community impact by increasing the quantity, quality and ethical standards of investigative reporting and watchdog journalism for national parks and protected areas.”

To take the survey, click on the image at the top.

And, Thanks!

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