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While you wait for us to announce future chats, you can check out our archive of chats. (You need to be signed in for the link to work. Request a login here.) Recent popular chats have covered engaged elections, SEO basics, Facebook groups, event hosting, community advisory boards and finding your social media voice. You can also subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal.
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Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding
Shoutout to Trevor Eischen, Alex Veeneman, Ariel Zych, and Elizabeth Dunbar for posting these on Slack! Check out the #jobsandfunding Slack to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.
Three engagement-related roles at CalMatters:
- Engagement Editor: "We need an enthusiastic Engagement Editor who will lead our brand presence on social media, engage Californians in smart conversations and make our newsroom smarter about publishing and promoting our work." Location: Sacramento.
- Events Director: "We seek someone who combines a mastery of event logistics with the editorial savvy to make sure the right people are on the stage, the topics are compelling, the audience eats up every word and the sponsors feel well loved." Location: Sacramento or statewide.
- Newsletter Editor: "We seek a smart writer with the wit and depth to engage Californians in the state’s top political and policy stories each weekday." Location: Sacramento or statewide.
Engagement Producer, Science Friday: "We’re looking for an outgoing, innovative, and organized Engagement Producer to involve and interact with our Science Friday communities across various platforms to facilitate conversation on more than just Friday." Loction: NYC
Engagement Editor, The Chronicle of High Education: "The right candidate will play a key role in driving our digital audience strategy, by finding and capitalizing on opportunities to bring in new readers, to build loyalty among current ones, and to create value for subscribers." Location: D.C.
If you haven't joined the Gather Slack community, you're missing out on a lot of brainstorming, advice giving and collaboration. Join here.
- Request for guest speakers: Instructors and professors, could you use an infusion of new guest speakers for your classes? Many members of the Gather community would be thrilled to participate. Feel free to use the #teachingandlearning channel to share what you’re looking for. This week, Sara Shipley Hiles from the Missouri School of Journalism expressed that she’s on the hunt for speakers on comment moderation and addressing the digital divide. Join the conversation on Slack.
- Shopping for tools: Nichole Dobo is shopping for social media management platforms, and she asked about comparing prices and features. See what her Gather peers recommend and what prices they’ve been quoted, and offer your own advice or questions. Join the conversation on Slack.
- Newsletter inspiration: Could your inbox use an infusion of new ideas? The #newsletters channel on Slack has a thread going about favorites. Join the conversation on Slack.
- Member perks: What swag or perks are most effective in actually encouraging people to sign up or donate? In the #paidacquisitions channel, folks are sharing their personal favorites. Join the conversation on Slack.
- Hot Read: "Study: male political reporters retweet other dudes 3 times more than their female colleagues" by Laura McGann on Vox. (This is the Gather community's most-shared story on Twitter this week. Look for other 'hot reads' in Friday's Nuzzel newsletter and in the #reads channel on the Gather Slack.)
Meet Stephanie Backus, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Stephanie Backus (moderator of the #tools channel on the Gather Slack)
What you do: I manage Hearst TV's Digital National News desk.
Why you're on Gather: I love the conversations the group has around audience and content creation.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: I'm always looking for new tools or trends from fellow journalists!
One thing you have to share on Gather: Working in local TV allows me to look at audiences in a different way and share those insights.
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: I love that moment when you realize something you or your team created has really resonated with the audience. It gives me chills when we can see that instant response with readers!
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? My degree is in sociology, and I've always been a person who studies groups of people. I was a freshman in college on 9/11, which really inspired me to get into journalism, along with a Missouri broadcasting legend, Bob Priddy, who taught me so much about journalism.
Would you rather be at the beach or the mountains? The beach, but there's a lot to be said about the plains, too.
Links for ways to connect with you.