Discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study at Gather's lightning chats. You can also subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal. Here's what's coming up:
TODAY, February 6, 2:30pm ET // Kickstarter for media projects: Let’s talk about the pros and cons, and the when and why, of using crowdfunding for your media project. We’ll hear first from these folks about their experiences:
Join us on Zoom at 2:30pm ET / 1:30pm CT / 11:30am PT for a 30-minute conversation. Click here to add this to your Google Calendar.
- Alex Hernandez of 90 Days, 90 Voices
- Courtney Hurtt of WDET
- We are sharing Madeleine Poore of WAMU's experience on her behalf.
Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding
Check out our full list of jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities on Gather, and let us know what we're missing.
- Project Manager, Engagement, Corporation for Public Broadcasting: "Develop and manage public media engagement grant programs that address community issues and build awareness of the impact of public service media on American life. Ensure effective coordination and alignment of activities and impact measurement working with stations, producers and distributors, partners and other experts. Communicate system-wide and with key stakeholders around progress and success of projects." Deadline: February 15, 2019. Learn more.
If you haven't joined the Gather Slack community, you're missing out on a lot of brainstorming, advice giving and collaboration. Join here.
- Women leaders: Newly selected members of two programs have been announced recently: Poynter’s Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media, and ONA’s Women’s Leadership Accelerator. Congratulations to the EIGHT Gather members who were chosen for one of these two programs. Please give it up for:
- Elizabeth Dunbar
- Anika Gupta
- Alexandra Manzano
- Flip Prior
- Marina Garcia-Vasquez
- Natasha Madov
- Emily Ristow
- Nicole Stockdale
- Additions to the Gather steering committee: Since ideas around Gather started to take shape early in 2017, we’ve relied on a steering committee to guide our mission, our priorities and our products. We’re thrilled to announce two new members of that committee: Kim Bode, manager of community and product operations at News Deeply, and Tauhid Chappell, engagement editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Thanks for being willing to help shape the future of Gather, Kim and Tauhid!
- Hot Read: "Watch The Washington Post's Super Bowl message: 'Democracy Dies in Darkness" by 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.)
Meet John Sahly, this week's Featured Member.
Name: John Sahly
What you do: Managing Editor for digital editorial content for Shaw Media. I wear a lot of hats.
Why you’re on Gather: I see this community as a major opportunity to connect with people in my field and position to discuss the challenges we face in this industry and find solutions to our great problems.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: I have two, and one might go against the general concept of engagement because it’s been such a bedrock of the start of the engagement journalism period. 1) What small and mid-sized dailies are doing to increase and improve their membership programs. 2) Given the myriad problems at Facebook, what are we doing to make them less relevant to our success?
One thing you have to share on Gather: My background is in sports, and I think some of the lessons I’ve learned in that department is how to engage our audience in a variety of ways. It’s generally a great place to start if you’re looking to do better with your engagement.
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: Whenever we have the opportunity to shine a light on the fantastic work of our reporters.
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? Some of my earliest memories are of my father reading the Chicago Tribune in the morning and bringing home the Chicago Sun-Times after work. We constantly read newspapers growing up, and I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else.
Would you rather give up social media or coffee for a week? Social media. Can I give up Facebook for longer?
Links for ways to connect with you.