In This Week’s Newsletter

  • DIVE IN: Three post-project resources to strengthen our engaged journalism practice.

  • SURVEY: We've heard from 73 of you. Help us get to 100!
  • JOB ALERT: Eight jobs spanning newsletters, audience development, social media, and engaged programming.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Equity scholarships, decoding the SmartNews app, analytics trainings, and getting Twitter verified.
    HOT READ: "Best Practices for Trans-Friendly Workplace Policies.”

Two reads and one upcoming event

“Harvesting” is the final phase in the world café method for group dialogue, an opportunity to surface and synthesize reflections and insights before an event’s end. 

Harvesting is also an important way to build a professional field of practice. Many engaged journalists are “making the journey” while simultaneously creating the map, as Ashley Alvarado said earlier this month during KPCC’s Share + Learn hosted by the Center for Cooperative Media. A question she left for attendees: “What artifacts will we leave for others wanting to make a similar journey?” 

This week, here are three artifacts to aid in your engaged journalism practice: two reads and one event on April 7.
  1. How KPCC designed a new education beat in the middle of a pandemic
    • Brianna Lee shares how she and Jill Replogle used a human-centered design process to design the newsroom’s new College Pathways beat. Read the article for a process snapshot or the full report for a deeper look.
  2. The America Amplified Playbook
    • In 2020, America Amplified worked with eight public media collaborations on innovative engagement strategies. Their lessons learned fill a book (184 pages!). You can explore the content through the lens of four roles (station managers, new managers, reporters/producers, and talk show teams), through a theme-based synthesis, or through journalists’ personal experiences.
  3. April 7 - “Better Journalism: A Roadmap for Engaged Democracy
    • Journalists and newsrooms who participated in the 2020 Election SOS trainings share their lessons learned from working to earn trust and engage with audiences during the election season. This summit offers speakers and facilitated breakout sessions to work through related questions in your own work.
Okay, I have one extra read to share. Kristine Lois Villanueva’s piece “5 Things I Learned as an AAPI Engagement Editor Covering Anti-Asian Hate” in Nieman Reports has been a timely, honest, and insightful read after the Atlanta shootings. (Kristine also talked about her experience in last month’s Gather lightning chat.)

Lish Savson, Gather community manager

Gather Survey: Help us get to 100!

We’ve heard from 73 Gatherers on the Gather Community Survey so far. Thank you everyone who has taken the survey!

We would love to get to 100 responses by the end of this weekend. Will you be one of the 27 people to help us get to 100 responses?

Take the 2021 Community Survey in 15 minutes or less. Thank you!

  Jobs and Funding 

Shoutout to Kim Bode, Annie Z. Yu, Kathy Lu, Anna Jay, Lauren Katz and Alex Veeneman for posting these on Slack!  Check out the #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding Slack channels to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.

There are a lot of jobs right now, so we are mixing up this week’s format.

If you’re into newsletters: Or audience development: Or social media: Or engaged programming:

 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.
  • Equity scholarships: A Gatherer is creating a community reporter training program and wants to “offer stipends for trainees from BIPOC and low wealth communities who would be unable to take the training without financial support.” Do you have advice to share?
  • Decoding SmartNews: Do you know anything about the news aggregator app SmartNews? One Gatherer has seen more traffic spikes from the app but can’t decode exactly how this is happening. Share insights here.
  • Analytics training: What analytics trainings would you recommend to a new social media / newsletter manager? Share them here.
  • Twitter verified: A Gatherer broke down how to help get your newsroom and reporters Twitter verified. Check it out.

Hot Read: "Best Practices for Trans-Friendly Workplace Policies" by the Trans Journalists Association. (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.)
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