Call for study participants - Media Trust Project
A researcher from the University of Wisconsin wants to hear from reporters and editors in small, mid-sized or metro/regional/state US-based newsrooms to talk about different ways to build trust in communities.
There are two ways to participate:
Interested? Learn more at the project's website or email Sue Robinson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with your name and news organization at email@example.com.
- Fill out a 30-min survey for a $20 Amazon gift card.
- Sign up for a focus group at the Online News Association annual conference in New Orleans on Friday, Sept. 13 (8 am and 10:15 am) or at the Newspaper Press Association conference in Milwaukee on Friday. Oct. 4 (TBD). These would be 90-minute sessions for a $50 gift card.
Lightning chats are 30-minute video chats in which we (and by that we mean anyone!) discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study. Peruse our archive of chats (including video replays) on Gather. You can also subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal.
Here's what's coming up:
- TOMORROW Aug. 22, 2-2:30 pm ET // Why would someone come to your event? Before hosting an event, ask what your community will get out of it. This chat will focus on how to design an event with your potential participants in mind. Join hosts Tiney Ricciardi of the Dallas Morning News and Kristin Walters of Illinois Newsroom. Join us on Zoom for a 30-minute conversation. Click here to add this to your Google Calendar.
- Coming soon: Want to get the inside story of award-winning work? We’re organizing lightning chats with the finalists for ONA’s first-ever Gather Award for Engaged Journalism.
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.
Twin Cities PBS is hiring for two engagement roles.
Audience Engagement Editor, Twin Cities PBS: “Twin Cities PBS (TPT) has an immediate opening for an Audience Engagement Editor to build deep, authentic connections with audiences, partners, and diverse communities who have not discovered our two leading service journalism sites yet — Rewire.org and NextAvenue.org. This role plans, gathers, analyzes and shares out powerful, impactful stories that matter most to our audiences!"
Audience Engagement Manager, Twin Cities PBS: "Twin Cities PBS is seeking an Audience Engagement Manager to lead two service journalism sites — Rewire.org and NextAvenue.org. As the key builder of relationships with our readers and viewers, our Audience Engagement Manager will set and execute digital engagement and distribution strategies that expand and foster loyalty with each of our audiences."
If you haven't joined the Gather Slack community, you're missing out on a lot of brainstorming, advice giving and collaboration. Seriously. We keep hearing from people who don’t know Gather has a Slack. Join here.
- In-person events: A lively Slack conversation is looking at ideas for subscriber-only events and how they affect the relationship newsrooms have with their loyal audience members. Join the conversation in the #meetupsandevents channel on Slack.
- A guide from ProPublica: ProPublica has published a new guide to collaborative reporting. Rachel Glickhouse invited Gather folks to use it and contribute to it. You can find it here and comment on it on Slack.
- Guest speakers: Adriana Lacy is teaching at class this fall in engaging diverse communities, and she put out a call for a few guest speakers. Join that thread on Slack. And instructors, feel free to use the #teachingandlearning channel anytime for requests like these.
- Hot Read: "Local Legal Initiative" by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. (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 Laura Amico, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Laura Amico
What you do: I'm a senior editor at Harvard Business Review, with a history in daily news and entrepreneurship.
Why you’re on Gather: For inspiration! I love work that puts audience first and try mightily to do as much of it as I can. I like to bring examples to my team to build support for and awareness of this type of work.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: Tools! I'm always looking for what I can bring to my boss and teammates that convinces them that not only is engagement REALLY good, but we can make it happen without breaking the budget.
One thing you have to share on Gather: I love to chat and am open to phone calls to get more in-depth. If you want to chew the fat about what you're working on, call me!
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: Working on new ideas. I just edited this piece that brought into focus for me how to begin innovation work. I'm sharing this all over the place because I think it provides a really good blueprint for anyone interested in exploring new ideas! https://hbr.org/2019/08/how-ava-duvernay-is-finding-blue-oceans-in-hollywood
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? I started as a very traditional reporter and then I joined the Peace Corps and went to Madagascar. My community there helped me learn how to listen past my notebook. When I came back to journalism, I tried to build spaces for the audiences I was working with to feel ownership of what was being produced.
Would you rather watch a movie, read a book, or listen to a podcast? Cook a meal... beautiful and delicious food without the pressure of getting SOMETHING on the table before the kids start screaming.
Links for ways to connect with you:
Here on Gather, Twitter @LauraNorton and (regrettably) still on Facebook.