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In this week's newsletter:

  • #COLLABJ: Christine Schmidt wrote a great summary of last week’s Collaborative Journalism Summit. 

  • JOB ALERT: Three exciting jobs - at City Bureau, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and Rocky Mountain PBS.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Criticism from covering non-social-distancers, the ‘dark pattern’ in newsletters, a powerhouse data journalism training, and more.

  • HOT READ: "The fake “Obamagate” scandal shows how Trump hacks the media" on Vox.

  • INTROS: Meet Chelsey Heath, a news SEO strategist at Trisolute News Dashboard.

Collaboration is about sharing power

Last week’s two-day Collaborative Journalism Summit dug deep into collaborations between media organizations and the communities they serve. Christine Schmidt (Local News Lab/Democracy Fund) wrote an excellent summary of the Summit where she reflects on how collaboration in 2020 goes beyond “expanding a story’s reach” and is much more about journalists sharing power. 

One key question that came up for Christine and the Local News Lab team: How are you recognizing and amplifying, not co-opting, the power that communities already have through your collaboration?” With that frame, Christine and the team offer five key takeaways from the conference.

  • Collaboration is all about the community.
  • Share power, throughout your workflow.
  • Communication keeps the collaboration grounded.
  • Target your teamwork.
  • Respect yourself and others.

Read Christine’s piece here and share what you’re still thinking about post-Summit on Slack. Finally, keep an eye out for a wealth of resources from the Summit here, including slide decks, recorded sessions, live transcripts, and more.

Alisha Savson, Gather community manager

Lightning Chats


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

RECAP: When civic conversations need to go digital: Max Resnik and Parisa Parsa of Cortico shared their best practices for hosting deeper civic conversations on Zoom last week. Catch up on the notes and video replay, and then check out Max’s article, “A Journalist’s Guide to Using Zoom for Community Engagement” for details.


Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding


Shoutout to Rachel Glickhouse, Amy Wilson-Chapman, and Alex Veeneman for posting these on Slack! Check out the #jobsandfunding Slack to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.

Documenters Program Manager, City Bureau: “Your role will be to cultivate partnerships that build an engaged audience around Documenters work in Chicago, to work closely with program participants to help them learn and become more civically engaged and to take a creative, iterative approach to program design.” Location: Chicago. Deadline: 6/12/20 

Digital producer/editor, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists: Looking for a journalist with “excellent news judgment, obsessed with storytelling, and passionate about engaging audiences.” Location: Washington, DC. Deadline: 6/15/20 

Digital Media Manager, Rocky Mountain PBS: Increase engagement with existing and new audiences,” create content, and more. Location: Denver, CO. Deadline: Open until filled. 


Community Updates


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
Hot Read: "The fake “Obamagate” scandal shows how Trump hacks the media" by Sean Illing at 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 Chelsey Heath, this week's Featured Member.


Name: Chelsey Heath 

What you do: I'm the news SEO strategist at Trisolute News Dashboard, an analytics and visibility tool that helps news publishers understand how they appear in Google, and how to improve. I also teach a fully online, master's level class on search engine strategy (MCO 562) at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

Why you’re on Gather: I'm passionate about using search engines and optimizing for them for the good of newsrooms and of their audiences. I would love to have the conversation around sharing news via search get as big as the conversation around social, and hope I'm doing my part! 

One thing you want to learn on Gather: I'm curious about how different kinds of news organizations and people in different positions in a newsroom think about search engines, the referrals/traffic they get from them, and what they need to do from content creation to technical SEO to analytics around that topic.

One thing you have to share on Gather: A big part of my job (well, both of them, really) is tracking changes that Google makes to how news articles and videos appear on the SERPs (search engine results pages) and Google News. Newsrooms need as much information as possible about where they can get visibility for their articles and how to best do that, so they can reach the people using search engines to find news and answers - and ideally convert them into engaged, long-term readers and subscribers.

One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: My favorite moments are collaborating with journalists on ways to make the News Dashboard work better for them, and make their lives easier. In teaching, I love when a student says they'll be able to apply what they learn in my class to a real-world project.

Who or what inspired you to get into this work? I was given the opportunity to learn about SEO and experiment with it while on the digital team at azcentral.com, and my interest grew from there!

Would you rather work in chaos or quiet? I absolutely need a lot going on to work! While I'm not in a newsroom anymore and actually was a fully remote worker before social distancing, I need a minimum of two screens going, plus my laptop and ideally music/TV/a conversation, too.

Links for ways to connect with you. 
chelsey.heath@newsdashboard.com + https://newsdashboard.com/en/ + @chelseyheath on Twitter
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