Discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study at Gather's video lightning chats. You can also subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal. Here's what's coming up:
- Thursday, March 19, 1pm-2pm ET // Newsroom analytics for reporters: How can journalists who work with data and metrics help the rest of the newsroom learn from the insights gained? How can we turn numbers into stories that help journalists make decisions? In this special hour-long video chat, hear from these folks about their experiences:
- Jessica Lee Martin, Audience development and engagement for CityLab at Bloomberg
- Josh Awtry, Senior Director for News Strategy at the USA TODAY Network
- Emma Carew Grovum, product strategy and digital skills consultant
- Cory Brown, audience insights consultant
What are your metrics questions for the hosts? Submit them here.
Join us on Zoom at 1pm ET / 10am PT for a 60-minute conversation. Click here to add this to your Google Calendar.
Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding
Shoutout to Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn for posting this opportunity! (She's also the Community Editor at the Post.) Check out the #jobsandfunding Slack to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.
Audience Embed Editor, The Washington Post: "The position has two key functions. The first is working with newsroom leaders to brainstorm, research and test new coverage approaches. The team conducts short- and long-term experiments to determine the viability of the ideas, which includes in-depth research that will help editors create prototypes for testing on internal and external platforms. The other function is to embed with one of our main news sections to research and identify how to improve existing coverage areas." Deadline: March 29. Location: Washington, DC.
The Gather Slack is the thriving hub of our community, where we brainstorm together, ask for and offer advice, and connect with each other. Join here.
Meet Taylor Blatchford, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Taylor Blatchford
What you do: Work on the digital audience team at The Seattle Times and write The Lead, an independent weekly newsletter for student journalists.
Why you’re on Gather: For the conversations! It's an incredibly helpful group of people, and I'm always amazed by how generous other journalists are in sharing ideas, advice and strategies. I've learned so much and brought ideas from these conversations into our newsroom.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: How engagement journalists at other publications build engagement strategies around projects, especially with investigative journalism. I want to help our reporters involve our readers throughout the reporting process, not as an afterthought at the end of a story.
One thing you have to share on Gather: Examples of innovative work student journalists are doing around the country. I've talked with lots of amazing students in the last year and a half of writing The Lead, and it makes me excited for the future of journalism.
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: I love getting emails back from students about The Lead, whether a particular issue was especially helpful or they just want to share a big project that finally published. Many of the ideas for the newsletter came from resources classmates and I wish we'd had in college, so it's rewarding to hear that it's resonating with students. These connections make the time commitment of writing a weekly newsletter outside of my full-time job worth it.
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? Working on a web production/engagement team during a college internship showed me how essential those roles are. Before that I'd been a reporter and editor, and viewed social media and audience engagement as nice, but secondary, parts of journalism. After that internship I saw the structure of newsrooms with new eyes — even if you write the best story with stunning visuals, its impact will be limited if you aren't able to reach the right audiences.
After that internship I took a participatory journalism class that Joy had founded at Mizzou, and then was a TA for that class the next semester. Engaging in person and online with community members in Columbia, Missouri, was a great way to apply the ideas we were learning in class. That experience led to my job at the Times after college.
Would you rather be at the beach or the mountains? I'm lucky that living in Seattle gives me both options, but having grown up in the Denver area, the mountains will always be my happy place.
Links for ways to connect with you.
The Lead newsletter: bit.ly/leadstudents