Emily Burt: Third Sector readers – tell us what you think

After a period of relentless activity it’s time to reflect, and we want to hear your views on how we are doing

My LinkedIn profile gave me a horrible shock when it pointed out that by the end of 2021 I will have been editing Third Sector for almost two years.

I usually feel as though I have had my feet under the table for less than five minutes – until I think about everything that has happened since March 2020.

Like the vast majority of the charities we write for, the Third Sector team had to learn to work remotely; we endured cycles of stripped resources, bruising restructures and burnout; all the while dealing with the personal shocks meted out by the pandemic.

It has been a period of rapid change. The magazine was pulled out of print in the first months of the pandemic and returned to the page with a reduced circulation.

New energies were invested in the Third Sector podcast, which evolved from a monthly to a weekly format, with guests including the National Trust’s Celia Richardson and the disability rights campaigner Zara Todd.

We launched a series of free online briefings and webinars to create more spaces in which our audiences could connect and share ideas.

And throughout, our small editorial team has tirelessly covered one of the busiest news cycles in the brand’s history, shining a light on the most important issues for our audience and championing those making a difference.

The pandemic has afforded precious few opportunities to pause and reflect.

The last time we heard from our readers was in 2019 as we prepared to relaunch the magazine with a fresh new look. The world today looks very different.

So, as we head into 2022, I would like to invite Third Sector’s readers to share their thoughts on how we are doing.

For the next month we are running a survey to gather your views about our work – from the magazine and news writing to the development of new content channels.

We want to hear from as many people as possible – and, as a thank you for your time, respondents can enter a prize draw to win a £100 John Lewis voucher or an equivalent donation to the charity of their choosing.

Your honest feedback will help us to shape our editorial strategy in the coming year, and ensure we are continuing to create valuable and relevant content for an audience whose work has never been more important.

Please click here to take part in the survey.

Emily Burt is editor of Third Sector

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