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! Wednesday, Oct. 17 // Reddit for Journalists: Let's talk about the when, the why and the how of using Reddit as part of our journalism. Bring your questions and experiences, and prepare to be guided by some super smart folks (fresh off a session on this at ONA last month).
Join us on Zoom at 1pm ET / 10am PT for a 30-minute conversation. Click here to get more connection details or add this to your Google Calendar.
- Bobby Blanchard - Social Media Editor, The Texas Tribune
- Dominick DiFurio - Editor/Producer, The Dallas Morning News
- Gene Park - Embedded audience editor, Washington Post
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. Here's what's new this week:
- Editor-in-Chief, Reveal (CIR): "The editor in chief will set the editorial vision, inspire our newsroom to do its best work and expand the organization’s reputation as one of the country’s most credible and excellent investigative journalism operations. The editor in chief will uphold the highest journalistic standards and stand at the frontlines of protecting the organization from legal and security threats. This position directly manages senior-level newsroom leaders and reports to the CEO.
Our ideal candidate has a distinguished track record of conceiving and executing ambitious, high-impact investigative projects across platforms and getting those stories in front of large audiences. He or she has a proven ability to oversee compelling, relevant, narrative reporting that connects broadly with the public. This individual also understands the power of multiplatform storytelling and how to use our text reporting, data journalism, radio show and podcast, documentary and television projects, website, social media channels and audience engagement strategies to their fullest potential." 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.
- See you in Chicago: There’s still time to register for the People Powered Publishing Conference, Nov. 15-16 in Chicago. Lots of your fellow Gatherers will be there (and our executive director, Andrew DeVigal, will be speaking about what we’ve learned here). If you sign up in advance for the Clinic track, you'll get the chance to workshop a project idea with a team of seasoned engagement pros -- and you'll also be eligible for a seed grant of up to $2,000 to help make that project a reality.
- Newsletter archives: In case we’re catching you today for the first time in awhile, you might enjoy these topics covered in recent newsletters (full archive here):
- Hot Read: "The First Question for Journalism" by Gatherer Heather Bryant. (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 Meena Thiruvengadam, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Meena Thiruvengadam
What you do: I’m a Parse.ly success manager working with publishers and brands on data literacy and audience development strategy. I work primarily with Parse.ly’s European, Middle Eastern and African clients. I occasionally contribute to publications including Travel + Leisure and Poynter and previously ran audience development teams for Bloomberg and Business Insider from New York. I got my start as a daily newspaper reporter covering the night police beat in Texas.
Why you’re on Gather: I’ve got ink in my veins and content distribution on my mind. I love my role at Parse.ly because it allows me to scale things I’ve loved doing as long as I’ve been in the news business — helping publications better connect with their audiences and figure out how to build and monetize those audiences. I’m on Gather because this isn’t a job that can be done in a vacuum. I need the knowledge, advice and perspective that comes from being part of a community like Gather.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: It’s hard to keep up with all the changes in publishing and platforms. I’m hopeful Gather will help me keep on top of developments without feeling so overwhelmed by the pace of change in media.
One thing you have to share on Gather: A boatload of insights gleaned from more than a decade of working in every kind of newsroom out there. If you’re a business publisher or figuring out how to find audiences for niche topics, hit me up.
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: I love learning about how different publishers are approaching similar challenges. Helping publishers build sustainable publications is a big part of that and a huge motivator for me.
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? I’ve always loved a good story. I was a voracious reader as a kid and have a never-ending curiosity as an adult. A Chips Quinn internship at The Salt Lake Tribune showed me how rewarding it can be to learn and tell the stories of a community, and I haven’t looked back since.
Would you rather have more time or more money? More time. It’s the only thing you can’t make more of.
Links for ways to connect with you.