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.
We have a series of hourlong chats featuring finalists in the first-ever ONA Gather Award for Engaged Journalism.
Yesterday’s chat featured:
Look for highlights soon on Gather and in next week’s newsletter.
- Ashley Alvarado talking about Southern California Public Radio’s engagement work nominated under the “Portfolio” category.
- Cara Williams Fry talking about WITF’s nominated project, “Three Mile Island Accident’s 40th Anniversary.”
Here are the next two chats:
Thursday, Sept. 5, 1:30-2:30 pm ET // Darryl Holliday will talk about City Bureau’s nominated project, Documenters.org, and Megan Lucero will share more about Bureau Local’s engagement work nominated under the “Portfolio” category. Join the meeting on Zoom, and find additional connection details in this calendar event.
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2 pm-3 pm ET // Eve Samples and Leah Voss will talk about USA TODAY Florida’s nominated project, “Florida Voices,” and Lauren Katz will share more about Vox’s nominated project, “Hospitals Kept ER Fees Secret. We Worked with Patients to Uncover Them.” Join the meeting on Zoom, and find additional connection details in this calendar event.
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.
Reporter II (Early Childhood Education), Southern California Public Radio: “We're looking for a reporter excited to connect educators and caregivers of children ages 0-5 in L.A. County with academics, researchers, and policy makers. We want to reveal gaps between the two groups and shine a light on what's working and what's not. A significant portion of the early childhood education reporter's job will include building engagement into the reporting process, actively listening to our current and future audiences for story ideas, reporting leads and community expertise."
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.
- See you in New Orleans? We’ve started a Slack channel called #ona19 for people going to the Online News Association conference in September and for people who want to follow along on those adventures. Feel free to join! And a specific request: We’d love to put together a Gather guide to ONA. Drop a line in Slack or respond to this email with sessions you think are particularly relevant to engagement work. (Feel free to make sure a session you’re involved with is on our radar.)
- Comings and goings: If you are on the job market, feel free to use our Slack #jobsandfunding channel for two purposes: To peruse opportunities and to actively seek them. We welcome you to introduce yourself, link to your portfolio and say what kind of job you’re looking for. As this network grows and strengthens, let’s see what it can do, shall we?
- Hot Read: "Incoming Harvard Freshman Deported After Visa Revoked" by Shera S. Avi-Yonah and Delano R. Franklin at The Harvard Crimson. (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 Christiaan Mader, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Christiaan Mader
What you do: Publisher/Editor of The Current, a nonprofit hyperlocal in Lafayette, La.
Why you’re on Gather: I’m new to engagement, new to running a newsroom, really just new in general. Like new-car-smell new or difficult-to-walk-in new-shoes new. Gather is a great place for “new” folks to meet new folks and talk about doing news new.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: How to weave engagement into our everyday work with a “staff” of three. (Hint: I’m the only engagement guy on staff.) I’m always looking for project ideas that we can implement locally and advice on how to make it work with limited resources.
One thing you have to share on Gather: I’m proud of our newsletter. It’s how we launched the publication, and it remains the most essential part of what we do. I’m happy to share tips on getting a shoe-string newsletter together. We’re also constantly tweaking and experimenting with our site and product concepts. If we strike gold, I’m always happy to share a good idea.
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: Answering a contested question. As a reporter, my favorite role is the explainer of complicated ideas and processes.
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? As a startup, It was pretty clear to me that we had to do something differently to build community and buy-in around what we do. Engagement is a natural process for that. It differentiates who we are and enriches my work as a reporter. Even as a novice practitioner, I’m finding the approach has paid dividends in story selection and framing. It just makes for better journalism.
Would you rather have more time or more money? Time is on my side. Money can’t buy me love.
Links for ways to connect with you.