In This Week’s Newsletter

  • FINAL CALL: We want to hear from you! Take 10 minutes and fill out the 2021 Gather survey. (It closes this Friday.)

  • JOB ALERT: Apply to be the Digital Audience Specialist at The Keene Sentinel, the Utility Journalism reporter at The LA Times, or for funding for local news founders through the Tiny News Collective (due Sunday).

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: The return of in-person engagement, a template for weekly check-ins, examples of social media style guides, seeking grants for educational resources, and more.
  • HOT READ: "In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void."

Take the 2021 Gather survey by Friday

I’ll keep today’s note short. Grab a treat and take the 2021 Gather Survey in 10 minutes or less. Your responses will help guide Gather’s evolution. 

If you are one of the 84 people who has taken the survey - thank you! I am already seeing the wholeheartedness you brought to your responses, from sharing your many identities that could be lifted up in journalism, to what roles you hold, to how Gather can focus and improve. (Your top request is for more ways to build meaningful connections and meet each other. Noted!) 

The Gather admin team will report back a summary of what you had to say by the end of April. 

Thank you for guiding Gather's future!

Lish 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
  • Thurs, April 22 // People Before Problems: Building Trust To Tell A Community’s Story: When embarking on a two-year project to cover a public housing neighborhood on the verge of a rebuild, WCPN reporter Justin Glanville and editor Mike McIntyre wanted to avoid reinforcing stereotypes and tropes of both Black and low-income communities. Justin will share some lessons learned from his reporting and the resulting podcast “Inside the Bricks: Woodhill Homes.” He and Laura Fillbach will discuss ways they measured impact both within the neighborhood and in the general listening audience. Register on Zoom for a 30-minute conversation at 2pm ET / 11am PT. Click here to add this to your Google Calendar.

  Jobs and Funding 

Shoutout to Cecily Weisburgh and Brittany Hite for posting these on Slack! 

Digital Audience Specialist, The Keene Sentinel: “The digital audience specialist is a new full-time job at The Keene Sentinel, a 222-year-old, independent, family-owned newspaper in southwestern New Hampshire. We’re looking for an idea-driven problem-solver with a strong foundation in journalism and proven digital skills who can continue building connections with, and help grow, our audience, through social media and other digital products.” Location: Keene, NH. 

Reporter, Utility Journalism, The LA Times: “The team’s mission is to be essential to the lives of Southern Californians. We do that by publishing information that solves problems, answers questions and helps with decision-making. We serve audiences in and around Los Angeles, including current Times subscribers and diverse communities that haven’t historically had their needs met by our coverage.” Location: El Segundo, CA.

Tiny News Collective: Apply to the inaugural cohort for local news founders by Sunday, 4/7. “Our mission is to help bring equity into the news and information ecosystem by democratizing the process of starting sustainable local news businesses and supporting people who have been historically excluded from media and media ownership.”

 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.
  • Return of in-person engagement: One Gatherer has a question that is likely top-of-mind for many of you. “As your colleagues and communities are increasingly vaccinated, what's your timeline looking like for in-person engagement work? How are you planning on messaging this shift to your audience/communities?” Join the conversation.
  • Weekly check-ins: Do you have a good document to structure weekly check-ins with direct reports (especially reporters)? A Gatherer seeks examples.
  • Social media style guide: Has your newsroom created a social media style guide for actions like “crafting a tweet thread, writing social copy for a predictable kind of article format, captioning IG posts, designing IG stories, etc.”? Post your resources on Slack.
  • Grants for educational resources: One Gatherer seeks “editorial grants that support the creation of educational resources.” Do you know any?
  • Facing harassment: A couple of Gatherers compiled many resources for reporters facing social media harassment in this Slack thread.
  • Good swag: Several Gatherers would love suggestions for “uncheesy swag” with reasonable prices. (Bonus = sustainably made.) Share your swag resources! 

Hot Read: "In a Pennsylvania town, a Facebook group fills the local news void" by Brandy Zadrozny at NBC News. (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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