Lightning chats are 30-minute video chats in which we (and by that we mean anyone!) discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study. Peruse our archive of chats (including video replays) on Gather. You can also subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal.
Here's what coming up:
- TOMORROW! Thursday, Sept. 5, 1:30-2:30 pm ET // Darryl Holliday will talk about City Bureau’s nominated project, Documenters.org, and Megan Lucero will share more about Bureau Local’s engagement work nominated under the “Portfolio” category. Join the meeting on Zoom, and find additional connection details in this calendar event.
- Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2 pm-3 pm ET // Eve Samples and Leah Voss will talk about USA TODAY Florida’s nominated project, “Florida Voices,” and Lauren Katz will share more about Vox’s nominated project, “Hospitals Kept ER Fees Secret. We Worked with Patients to Uncover Them.” Join the meeting on Zoom, and find additional connection details in this calendar event.
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.
Social Media Producer, The Texas Tribune: “We’re looking for someone who is obsessed with the news. You know what to share, and what not to share — especially when a sketchy story flies across your Twitter feed. You’re someone who can take an obscure policy development and explain why it matters in 280 characters or less. Our social media producer is a journalist who uses our social feeds to write, edit and report the news to different audiences with different needs." Bonus: The Texas Tribune is also hiring an Audience Analyst.
If you haven't joined the Gather Slack community, you're missing out on a lot of brainstorming, advice giving and collaboration. Seriously. Join here.
- Got a business idea? Anika Anand, the new director of programming for LION Publishers, wants advice from people who’ve considered starting their own local media business. She’s creating a resource guide and wants to make sure it’s useful. Email Anika at email@example.com or join the conversation on Slack.
- Paywall complaints for curators: How can a newsletter that curates news from many platforms warn readers they might hit a paywall? How can they encourage financial support for journalists while also recognizing that their readers won’t pay for content in every publication they link to? Mike McPhate asked the question and heard quite a few ideas. Join the conversation on Slack.
- Launching a Facebook group: How fast is it reasonable to expect a new Facebook group to grow? And how do you build conversation from scratch? Eric Falquero got a lot of advice and perspective from experienced Gatherers when he asked those questions. Join the conversation on Slack.
- A Gather guide to ONA 19: Going to ONA in New Orleans next week? Or just wish you were? We’re inviting you to tell us which sessions you’re most excited about, then follow along from afar as people share highlights from the event. Join the #ona19 channel on Slack.
- Hot Read: "Mainstream media need to make news more accessible more relevant and entertaining to attract next generation of consumers" by The Reuters Institute and the University of Oxford. (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 Phillip Smith, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Phillip Smith
What you do: For more than two decades I have helped forward-thinking, public-service newsrooms grow their audience and make more money. Last year, I launched a new undertaking to produce workshops and intense trainings that help to bring news startups to life. My ambition is to work with diverse founders who are leaving newsrooms to start audience-pay information businesses, and helping those founders reach financial sustainability.
Why you’re on Gather: I’m on Gather to learn from the pros because -- 20+ years into my career -- there are still days I feel like a complete novice at this stuff.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: How to think differently and critically about the role of the “audience” in relation to journalism.
One thing you have to share on Gather: Along with Alexandra Smith, I’m aiming to share case studies, creative jam sessions, and more in the newly minted #PaidAcquisition channel on Slack. If you’re passionate about growth and acquisition and willing to actively contribute, please join us.
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: The people who reach out to me almost every day about their new journalism startups, or startup ambitions, are what keeps me going.
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? Being the photo editor for my high school yearbook, a stringer for a college newspaper, followed by my first overseas press junket in 1996. From that point, there was no looking back.
Would you rather give up social media or coffee for a week? Social media, no question. Like too many 40+ hipsters, I am a coffee snob and have a crazy-bad espresso habit.
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