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In this week's newsletter:

  • EVENTS: Check out the 2021 conference list - and add the ones we’ve missed.

  • JOB ALERT: The Report for America deadline is 1/31, and the WSJ is hiring an Audience Interaction Producer.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Event promotion timelines, Latinos in Idaho, and questions on closed captioning, Twitter analytics, and a paid Mailchimp plan.
    HOT READ: “Audience work is more important to journalism than ever.”

2021 Conference List & Pitching Deadlines


Nothing says “new year” in the professional world like checking out (or frantically compiling) upcoming conferences. 2021 seems to be returning to business-as-usual in terms of programming, though many events are choosing to stay virtual this year.

Joy Mayer asked for a list of event pitch deadlines on Slack - and we couldn’t find one! (It may exist in places where we’re not plugged in.) That’s why I created one for Gather. 

The 2021 Journalism Conference List is a Google Sheet with 24 conferences listed so far. This is not exhaustive, so please add other conferences or pitch deadlines when you learn about them! 

These four events have upcoming pitch deadlines:
I will periodically update this list as dates and details are released. Consider this your resource! You are invited to add and update when you find new information.

Alisha Savson, Gather community manager
 

Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding


Shoutout to Thomas Seymat for posting these on Slack! Check out the #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding Slack channels to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.


2021 Corps Member, Report for America: “Do you believe journalism is a public service? Applications to become a Report for America corps member are being accepted now, until Jan. 31, 2021.” Location: Newsrooms nationwide. Deadline: 1/31 

Audience Interaction Producer, Wall Street Journal: “We're looking for someone with a deep understanding of news and consumption habits and audience behavior on social channels, as well as experience in reaching the audience where they are. You will focus on bringing our audience into our programming and community-building, expanding our reach to new audiences, and creating and implementing engagement and audience growth strategies.” Location: Flexible within U.S.
 


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.
 
  • Promo timeline: How far in advance of an event do you start promotion? When do you see a registration spike? Help a Gatherer out.                                                                                                        
  • Latinos in Idaho: Gatherer Sami Edge (2019-20 API Community Listening Fellow) partnered with Nicole Foy to collaborate on a listening project for Latino students and families in Idaho. Learn about their work.
     
  • Closed captioning: Someone is looking for resources on using closed captioning on Zoom meetings. Have something to offer?
     
  • Twitter analytics: A Gatherer wants to know whether you track Twitter Analytics, and if so, to what end? Do you use Twitter’s built-in metrics or look elsewhere for something a little more descriptive? Join the conversation on Slack.
     
  • Paid Mailchimp: “What are some paid MailChimp features you can’t live without?” One Gatherer wants to consider all their options before reverting to the free plan. Share your thoughts here.

Hot Read"Audience work is more important to journalism than ever" by Samantha Tomaszewski for Poynter. (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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