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In this week's newsletter:

  • ONA GATHER AWARD: Meet the six finalists across two categories.

  • JOB ALERT: The 19th is looking for an Audience Director, BELT Magazine seeks an engagement editor, and Terry Parris Jr. is looking for a contractor to work on social & newsletters.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Enterprise-level social tools, quitting a newsletter, ONA scholarships, and the new #intros channel on Gather Slack.

  • HOT READ: “Journalist Quits Kenosha Paper in Protest of Its Jacob Blake Rally Coverage.”

  • INTROS: Who’s a Gatherer you’d love to see featured here? Nominate them!

Congratulations to the ONA Gather Award Finalists!

The Online News Association announced the finalists for their annual awards contest yesterday - including the second year of the Gather Award for Engaged Journalism! 

Here's an updated description for this year’s Gather Award: 

This award honors people, projects, and processes that center community information needs and voices in the production of journalistic work. Entries should include the stories published with or as a result of community engagement, as well as evidence of collaboration and interaction with the public.

And here are the finalists:

Micro/Small Newsrooms:
Overall Excellence:  Please help us congratulate these finalists on Slack and on Twitter!

Alisha Savson, Gather community manager

Lightning Chats

Discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study! You can subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal or revisit past chats in the archive (login for full access). Here's what's coming up:

Sept. 15, 2pm ET // Media 2070 for media reparations: Free Press is launching “Media 2070,” an in-depth research essay and organizing hub that documents and analyzes the history of media harm. Join Alicia Bell from Free Press to hear about the origins and goals of the project, how they plan to engage their communities, and how you can join. Register on Zoom for a 30-minute conversation at 2pm ET / 11am PT. Click here to add this to your Google Calendar.

Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding

Shoutout to Alex Veeneman, Mandy Hofmockel and Terry Parris Jr. for posting these on Slack! Check out the #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding Slack channels to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.

Audience Director, The 19th: “The audience director will lead The 19th*’s growth and engagement efforts, developing partnerships and distribution strategies that maximize our reach across platforms, with an initial programming focus on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.” Location: Austin, TX. Deadline: Monday, 10/5 by 11:59pm CT.

Engagement Editor, BELT Magazine: “The engagement editor will manage Belt’s audience engagement strategy, working with the editor and social media coordinator to grow digital outreach, events and promotion, and membership programs. Some elements of the position may be tailored to the interests of the candidate.” Location: Remote, based in the Rust Belt. Application review starting 8/31.

ALSO: Terry Parris Jr. at THE CITY is hiring for a contractor to work on social media & newsletters through Dec. 31. Job posting coming soon. DM Terry on Gather’s Slack, Twitter, or email with questions or interest.

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. Sign up as a Gather member to join Slack.
  • Enterprise-level social tool: A Gatherer is comparing and contrasting Hootsuite, Falcon, Sprout, and Sprinklr, to name a few. Do you have experience with any of these? Share here!                                                                                                                       
  • Quitting a newsletter: Someone asks,”Does anyone here (have) experience with quitting a newsletter? What made you decide? What did you do with the e-mailbase?“ Join the conversation on Slack.
  • ONA scholarships: Emma Carew Grovum shares a funding opportunity for HBCU students to attend ONA20 - check it out.
  • Introduce yourself: We’ve a new #intros channel on Slack! Pop over there to (re-)introduce yourself and share what you geek out about, personally and professionally.

Hot Read: "Journalist Quits Kenosha Paper in Protest of Its Jacob Blake Rally Coverage" by By Marc Tracy at The New York Times. (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.) 

Nominate a Gatherer!

We recently paused our Featured Members section to update and improve our system for featuring Gatherers to better reflect the wide-ranging experiences of our community. 

Who’s one Gatherer that you’d love to see featured? Please send me their name via email or DM me on Twitter or Slack!
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