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In this week's newsletter:

  • OJA FINALISTS: Learn about the Gather Award finalist projects in three upcoming chats.

  • WEIGH IN ON ETHICS: We’d love to hear from you on these “Ethics of Engagement” scenarios by EOD this Friday, 9/25.

  • FUNDING ALERT: The Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund has relaunched!

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: COVID stats help, looking for European media partners, translating content into Spanish, and more.

  • HOT READ: "College newspaper reporters are the journalism heroes for the pandemic era" in The Washington Post.

Learn about the OJA Gather Award finalist projects


Would you like some engagement-related delight in the coming weeks?

Mark your calendars! We are hosting lightning chats with the six finalists in the next three weeks. One of my favorite parts about Gather is learning about the work, experiments, and deep thinking ya’ll do around how to better center and serve our communities. The OJA Gather Award is a chance to lift up some of that deep, critical work. 

First up - join us tomorrow at 1pm ET / 10am PT to learn about La Nacion’s engaged project “Stranded Abroad” and The Marshall Project’s “News Inside” engaged publication. Register here.

Next week - join us on Tuesday, 9/29 at 3pm ET / 12pm PT to learn about Documented’s project “Use of WhatsApp During COVID-19” and Injustice Watch’s project “#CheckYourJudges.” Register here.

Finally - join us on Wednesday, 10/7 at 1pm ET / 10am PT to learn about Southern California Public Radio’s entry “Southern California Public Radio’s Engaged Journalism" and Alabama Media Group’s project "Reckon Women: Motherhood." Register here.

Each chat will be 45 minutes long to dive into each project and have time for Q&A. Join us to celebrate these finalists!

PS. Are you attending ONA this year? Scroll down to our Lightning Chat section to see two engagement-focused sessions, one on 10/1 and the other on 10/16.

Alisha Savson, Gather community manager
 

Weigh in on ethics by EOD Friday


When publishing stories based on user feedback received, would it be acceptable to put the published content behind a paywall?

Should we be compensating members of our community for participating in our conversations and investing their time to provide feedback?


These are two of the questions we’d like your feedback on as part of our Ethics of Engagement project re-launch. Your responses will help us create the beginnings of a “living guide” for the Ethics of Engagement in journalism. Weigh in on Slack by this Friday, 9/25 in two areas:

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:


TOMORROW @ 1pm ET! // OJA/Gather Chat: La Nacion and The Marshall Project: Learn about La Nacion’s engaged project “Stranded Abroad” and The Marshall Project’s “News Inside” engaged publication. Both projects are finalists for the OJA Gather Award in the Overall Excellence category. The OJA Gather Award honors people, projects, and processes that center community information needs and voices in the production of journalistic work. 1:00-1:45pm ET/10:00-10:45am PT. Register here.

Tues, Sept. 29 // OJA/Gather Chat: Documented and Injustice Watch: Learn about Documented’s project “Use of WhatsApp During COVID-19” and Injustice Watch’s project “#CheckYourJudges.” Both are finalists for the OJA Gather Award in the Micro/Small Newsrooms category. 3:00-3:45pm ET / 12:00-12:45pm PT. Register here.

Thurs, Oct. 1 // ONA SESSION: Measuring the Impact of Engaged Journalism: Understanding journalism’s impact is fundamental to earning the trust of communities and serving their information needs. Join this discussion to learn not just WHAT newsrooms are measuring but also HOW they are tracking it. Panelists: Julie Christie of Resolve Philly, Darryl Holliday of City Bureau, and Eric Gordon of MIT and Emerson College. 10:30am - 11:15am ET / 7:30-8:30am PT. Register for ONA 2020 to join.

Weds, Oct. 7 // OJA/Gather Chat: Southern California Public Radio and Alabama Media Group: Learn about SCPR’s project “Southern California Public Radio’s Engaged Journalism” and Alabama Media Group’s project “Reckon Women: Motherhood.” Both are finalists for the OJA Gather Award in the Overall Excellence category. 1:00-1:45pm ET / 10:00-10:45am PT. Register here.


Fri, Oct. 16 // ONA SESSION: From participation to collaboration: building power with communities: How do we move engagement beyond public participation and acknowledge and amplify the power that communities hold through journalism collaboration? Join this important conversation to discuss how to strategize and re-imagine the relationships journalists build with the public we serve. Panelists: Stefanie Murray of Center for Cooperative Media, Heather Bryant of Project Facet, and Alicia Bell of News Voices. 10:30am - 11:15am ET / 7:30-8:30am PT. Register for ONA 2020 to join.



Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding


Shoutout to Alex Veeneman, Ryan Sager, and Serri Graslie for posting these on Slack! Check out the #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding Slack channels to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.

Peer Learning + Collaboration Fund, Center for Cooperative Media: “U.S.-based journalists and media-makers can apply for Peer Fund money to support virtual peer-to-peer mentorships OR collaborations. The Peer Fund will now support small awards, up to $1,000 per collaborator, for reporting efforts that directly serve communities of color.” 

Plus: Apply to be the Social Media Strategist at the Interfaith Youth Core, the Community & Social Media Manager for The Expedition, or the Digital Producer for Ear Hustle.

 


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.
 
  • COVID stats help: A Gatherer recently started a running list of school-specific COVID cases. Their community finds it really valuable and sends in lots of tips, but it’s a beast to manage the info and update the page! They want your advice - how can they streamline their process?
     
  • Looking for European media partners: The international initiative My Country Talks is launching the second edition of Europe Talks and looking for media partners across the continent. Learn more about the process on their website and reach out to Sara Cooper on Slack or via email with questions.
     
  • Translating content into Spanish: API interviewed Liliana López Ruelas, Hispanic community engagement editor at La Estrella de Tucsón, about ways to serve the information needs of Spanish-speaking readers in southern Arizona.
     
  • Best practices for debate alerts: A Gatherer asked for advice on pinging their newsletter subscribers before their debate coverage begins. Read what Gatherers had to say and share your thoughts.
     
  • SMS courses: Has anyone taken a text-message course before? Do you think it’s a useful format for training? A Gatherer wants to know! (And shares their first-ever SMS course.)
     
  • The Membership Guide: If you’ve been craving a robust resource for thinking through membership, look no more! The Membership Puzzle Project launched The Membership Guide packed with tools, practical advice, and case studies.

Hot Read"College newspaper reporters are the journalism heroes for the pandemic era" by Elahe Izadi for The Washington Post. (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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