JSHN Listening Post: Goodbye 2016

Listening Post

We asked people who have previously texted in to our Listening Post project about their thoughts on 2016 and 2017. If you’d like to share your thoughts and opinions completely anonymously, text “2016” to 732-479-4033.


It’s pretty safe to say that 2016 is not going to many people’s favorite year. While many of us had a rough time this year, there were still some good moments (we promise).

To end 2016 with a bit of positivity, we asked New Jersey residents to share the best thing that has happened to them this year in our latest Listening Post text survey.

People texted in to share moments of love:

“I got married and remain married! Not such a bad year!”

“Fell back in love.”

“2016: I nearly died in August from an aortic dissection. Ten weeks later, I was able to walk down the aisle for my wedding, surrounded by friends and family and the girl who waited 12 years for that moment. The year was hard but I’m so grateful I get to see another.”


“I started to figure out what makes me happy.”

“My husband and I fixed some issues in our marriage and had the best summer of our lives down the shore with our kids!”

“First grandson was born on June 6th, the same day as the first egg hatched in the Pete McLain Osprey Cam Nest at Island Beach State Park.”


Success and good news:

“My grandmother survived and thrived with congestive heart failure after months in hospital.”

“My 72 year old mom had cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation. She went into heart failure a few days later. She spent a few days in the hospital and she’s fine now. I’m so happy it’s over and she’s back to her normal, active self. She means the world to me.”

“Becoming better friends with rockstars.”

“Still have a job! 2 new stents!”

“I was chosen as Teacher of the Year!”

“Being able to retire from work.”

“Our daughter graduated high school in the top 12% of her class.”

“I got to vote out Obama!”

“Drumpf was elected president.”

“Moved back into our house and got our C.O.”

“The best thing happened on July 14, 2016 we moved into our newly built home after hurricane sandy. It is truly a blessing to be back home!”

“The best thing that happened to me in 2016 was volunteering at Lunch Break in Red Bank and getting an internship there.”

“Celebrated 5 years clean!”

“I got my mojo back.”


But, unfortunately, a some people didn’t have many good moments to draw from.

We heard from a couple of different people who shared:

“Pay for storage that I can’t afford… in a second rental… still waiting to return home after Hurricane Sandy!”

“Sorry, I have no best. 2016 was not the year for me. Here’s to 2017 & some improvement.”


In order to echo that last responder’s thoughts and make some improvements in 2017, we also asked New Jersey residents what topics they think that local media should cover more next year.

People responded that they think that local media should cover:

“The good that people are doing in our communities.”

“State issues! I hate hearing about things after they become law! Also more positive things when possible!”

“Hear more from local gov’t on local issues, how they will address and if / how volunteers can help”

“Positive local stories. For every robbery there has to be a good deed that goes unnoticed.”

“How people can be kinder and help others more.”

“Local business spotlight.”


“More coverage on Police, Fire, & EMS!”


“Rebuilding. Property taxes.”

“The disconnect by those who profess to love nature, the beach, the bay, and wildlife, yet destroy our dunes by walking on them and pollute the Bay.”

“Women’s issues. Health, reproductive, equality.”

“Education funding.”

“Small shore towns.”
(next month’s #OneJerseyShore focus on Instagram is #MyTownJSHN and will show more from our small or lesser-known Shore towns)

“Hear more from elected officials on the various problems facing the shore.”
(after our successful Q&A with Brick Mayor John Ducey, we’ll be talking more with local officials and holding future Q&A in 2017)


We’d like to thank everyone who has participated in our Listening Post project this year for the support and for their thoughts. We will be continuing the Listening Post through 2017, so keep an eye out for more text surveys, offline events, and mobile Listening Post locations over the next year.

As always, if you’d like to share your thoughts, text “2016”  to 732-479-4033.


Featured image by Flickr user Tony Webster used under CC BY-SA 2.0.