Best of Hippo
By Jody Reese
This will be the ninth year of the Best of Hippo readers’ poll.
The Best Of is about why we like living in southern New Hampshire. It’s about the things that make this area unique. For that reason we don’t include any national chains or franchises. This is local. It’s also about what our readers like. There are no editor’s picks or any Hippo-related choices. We just count the votes and report the findings.
Last year we had a record 4,500 people (or computers) vote, and we expect about that number this year. Like last year we will not be publishing a ballot in the paper. Vote online here..
The readers’ poll is held each year by the “news side” of our operation. That means those of us — including me — on the business or advertising side have no role in it. We have guidelines: one computer, one vote. Please note we do visually inspect every vote — yes, all 4,500.
We want our readers to know that they get our opinions, stories and best-of results without influence from politicians or businesses. Our reporters do the best job they can to put together interesting stories people will want to read. This policy has made Hippo one of the state’s most-read publications. Advertisers never have and never will get special treatment in our Best Of or our articles.