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TODAY @ 2 PM ET // What does "local" mean?:
*Updated Link* Join us on Zoom at 2 pm ET / 11 am PT on Dec. 12 for a 30-minute conversation. Click here to add it to your google calendar or to find more connection details.
- How do local communities define themselves? How do news outlets define their audiences? And how do journalists know what’s important to their audiences and what niche they can fill? A recent report is a useful jumping off point for discussion of those questions. Conversation hosts:
- Amy Schmitz Weiss, associate professor at San Diego State University
- Jesse Hardman, founder, Listening Post Collective
- Madeleine Bair, founding director, El Timpano
Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding
Check out our full list of jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities on Gather, and let us know what we're missing. Here's what's new this week:
- Engagement Consultant, Hearken: "Hearken is looking for an engagement consultant to join our team as our customer base expands. The Engagement Consultant will provide individualized support to our partners, including working with news enterprises and international newsrooms, as well as collaborate with colleagues to continuously evolve the ways we support our partners. Each consultant develops deep and ongoing relationships with journalists in their partner newsrooms." Apply by 12/28 at 5pm CT. Learn more.
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- How has Gather been valuable to your work? We asked some active members that question recently and got some great responses. You can find some on our landing page at letsgather.in. and we’ll feature some here as well. Here’s one to kick us off:
- Before I joined Gather’s community, I spent hours searching for the best content to improve my job as an engagement editor. Now I’m part of a generous community that shares amazing reads, conversations and insights that immediately go to my “to-read” list.
— Jorge Caraballo, NPR’s Radio Ambulante
- Welcome to Gather: Thanks to everyone who attended our first Gather Welcome Session on video chat last week. We got acquainted with each participant, then briefly walked through ways to engage with Gather and answered questions. We plan to do it again in the new year!
Meet Cory Brown, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Cory Brown
What you do: I’m the Audience Insights Consultant for Impact TK. I help small newsrooms build programs to grow reader revenue, reduce churn and build loyal audiences. I’ve worked with nonprofits and for profits, paid products and free products.
Why you’re on Gather: There are a lot of creative people doing great work in journalism, engagement and building the future of news. My favorite thing about working in media is hearing people share ideas that worked for them.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: I want to learn more about the smart and innovative people doing great journalism out there. And I’d love to meet or talk! I’ve already had great conversations with a few Gather members from the Slack community.
One thing you have to share on Gather: I want to share ways of looking at data that newsrooms have found useful and actionable. We are swimming in data. Some of it is valuable, but some of it is distracting. An important piece for me is providing context around numbers. I’m a huge advocate for ongoing customer research to provide that context. Qualitative research gives a deeper understanding of who is reading, why they are reading and what they value. NPS scores can’t beat picking up the phone and talking to customers on a regular basis.
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: Teaching! Journalists have many of the same tools I use every day, they just apply them in a different way. I enjoy teaching journalists new skills to adapt with the changing landscape — or create their own opportunities.
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? When I was 16, my first job was loading bundles of newspapers on trucks in the middle of the night. What really inspired me was seeing how everything was connected. The printing and distribution system of physically producing a daily newspaper, but also how so many people, from drivers to pressmen to managers and folks like me on the loading dock would talk about and share the stories in the paper.
Would you rather watch a movie, read a book, or listen to a podcast? Podcast! Podcasts are a perfect vehicle for me to connect with smart people of different backgrounds and perspectives sharing their views and stories.
Links for ways to connect with you:
DM on the Gather Slack!
If you’re in Chicago, book me for coffee at tcb.coffee