Sponsored content is everywhere these days. It has, in many ways, become an inescapable piece of the media and advertising landscape. Some of it is wonderful. At SNEWS, we do a fair bit of it ourselves, from our First Look videos to ongoing partnerships with brands like LifeStraw's Her Voice series.

As responsible journalists, we clearly mark all of our sponsored content with a "SPONSORED STORY" header. To keep good faith with our readers, we never attempt to present advertorials as reported journalism. But we often wonder: How does our audience feel about it? Weigh in below and let us know how you feel about sponsored content in general.

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Poll | Do you listen to podcasts?

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Poll: Do you get Election Day off?

Lots of news has been coming out recently about companies joining the Time To Vote movement, which encourages employers to give their staff time off work on Election Day. Patagonia, The North Face, REI, L.L.Bean, and dozens of other outdoor businesses have gone in for the cause. ...read more

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Poll | Is Backcountry doing enough to regain the trust of customers and partners?

When the outdoor community found out that Backcountry had been filing petitions and lawsuits against other businesses over its trademark, a social media storm ensued. People demanded that they stop and apologize. Many urged the company to pay reparations. More than 21,000 people ...read more

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Poll: Do you pay your salespeople commissions?

In the Summer 2019 issue of The Voice, we explored the ins and outs of wages in the outdoor industry. We set out to answer one simple yet important question: As an outdoor employee, is your paycheck big enough? As the pandemic continues to affect wages across the industry, we're ...read more

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Poll: How do you feel about all these webinars?

Outdoor industry webinars have cropped up swiftly and relentlessly in the last few months. Since the pandemic began, it seems like every week there's a new online event (or five) covering all manner of coronavirus-related concerns, from applying for small business loans to ...read more

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5-second poll | Where do YOU want Outdoor Retailer to move?

We all know Outdoor Retailer is leaving Utah. Where would you like to see it move? Since Outdoor Retailer announced its departure from long-time home in Salt Lake City and opened up the RFP process, cities and states around the country have been clambering for a chance to host ...read more

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Dog poop poll: What do you do with it on the trail?

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