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Gather is a project + platform to support community-minded journalists and other engagement professionals. We’d love your feedback. What's useful? What's missing? Let us know

In this week's newsletter:

  • NEW LOOK: Introducing our new visual identity.

  • JOB ALERT: Politico is hiring an engagement editor, and Documented is looking for a Chinese Community Information Ecosystem Assessment Lead.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Celebrations galore, audience and arts journalism, seeking infographics, training on advanced grant writing, and Google Analytics 4.
    HOT READ: “How to get engagement buy-in from your newsroom."

A walk through Gather’s new look


Visuals can help communicate what an organizationor a communityvalues. When Gather began in 2017, the steering committee used the visual branding of Gather’s sponsor, the Agora Journalism Center at the University of Oregon, as Gather's template. 

Now, with a more established community, the Gather admin team (which is myself, Andrew DeVigal, Jessica Black at the University of Oregon, and graduate student Maia Laperle) felt Gather should have a visual identity that better reflects what this community is all about: Support. Learning and growth. Friendliness and warmth. Connection. 

With that - meet the new Gather logo!




Andrew worked with the Portland, OR-based graphic design company The Study to create a final mark that could work as a whole and as a series of small icons. We also have a few colors to play with, with red and orange as Gather’s new primary palette.


Here’s a tour through a few icons in the logo and what they mean to us:
 

  Community, Care, Growth
 

Dialogue, Connection

    Ideas, Learning, Enthusiasm
 

   Media, Journalism
 

To tie all of our channels together, we will be updating this newsletter, the Gather website, the Gather Slack, and Gather’s Twitter with this new branding in the next week. Stay tuned for the final reveal next Wednesday!


Alisha Savson, Gather community manager
 

Lightning Chats


Discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study in our 30 minute chats. You can subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal or revisit past chats in the archive.

Check out the replays from our most recent chats (login to view):


Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding


Shoutout to Annie Z. Yu and Mazin Sidahmed for posting these on Slack! Check out the #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding Slack channels to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.


Engagement Editor, Politico: “We’re looking for a creative and motivated journalist to grow our audience, push innovation and make our journalism shine off-platform.” The team is looking to hire ASAP, so feel free to email Annie Z. Yu with questions. Location: Arlington, VA.

Chinese Community Information Ecosystem Assessment Lead, Documented:  “Documented is working in collaboration with the Listening Post Collective to conduct research that will form the basis for a new vertical and beat at the publication focused on Chinese New Yorkers.” This is a part-time consultant position. Requires Cantonese or Mandarin language skills. Location: New York City. Deadline: 3/7.
 


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.
 
  • Celebrations galore: Every Friday we like to share good news, and last Friday was full of good news. Gatherers celebrated project kickoffs, joys in life, feelings of belonging, and big professional accomplishments. If you need a pick-me-up, start at the top for a jolt of joy.                                                                                                                      
  • Audience and arts journalism: One of our most popular threads last week was about interesting audience models for arts journalism. Read the thread and share your insights!
     
  • Seeking infographics: Do you have a favorite infographic that “conveys a step-by-step process with some complicated info?” One Gatherer wants to visualize the legal reporting process for sexual assault survivors and their loved ones. Share your favorites here.
     
  • Training on advanced grant writing: RevLab at The Texas Tribune is hosting a free, four-week training program on advanced grant writing. Learn more about the training and contact Rodney Gibbs on Slack with any questions.
     
  • Google Analytics 4: A few Gatherers are looking for some training or documentation on “how to use Google Analytics 4 for people who used the previous GA." Have a resource to share?

Hot Read"How to get engagement buy-in from your newsroom" by Bridget Thoreson on Medium. (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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