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In this week's newsletter:

  • ONA20: What’s coming up + recaps of the OJA finalist lightning chats

  • RACIAL EQUITY: Four projects dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in journalism.

  • JOB ALERT: Apply to be a Newsroom Collaborative Manager, a Community Engagement Coordinator, or an Engagement Journalist.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Q&As on Twitter, local newsletter workflow, mobile conversions, and a training on covering civil unrest.

  • HOT READ: “The People Trump Came Home To.”

ONA Week 2: What’s coming up + recaps from last week

Now that ONA is underway, here are some upcoming sessions from our informal guide to engagement-related ONA sessions:
  • Today is our final chat with OJA Gather Award finalists Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) and the Alabama Media Group (AMG). SCPR will talk about their broad mix of engagement work and AMG will talk about their project “Reckon Women: Motherhood.” Open to all! RSVP.

You can also catch up on these excellent Gather chats from the past week:
  • OJA Finalists La Nación shared how they used WhatsApp to reach Argentinians stranded abroad after COVID-19 closures, and The Marshall Project talked about how they designed a publication specifically for people within the prison system. Watch the replay (login to view).
  • OJA Finalists Injustice Watch talked about creating an accessible judicial election guide, and Documented shared how they pivoted to focus on immigrants’ needs in COVID-19. Watch the replay (login to view).
  • Catch up on this official ONA session where Darryl Holliday of City Bureau, Julie Christie of Resolve Philly, and Eric Gordon of MIT and Emerson College talk about measuring the impact of engaged journalism in values- and vision-based ways.

Alisha Savson, Gather community manager

Racial Equity in Journalism Updates

Many of the coalition-building seeds sown this summer are beginning to sprout. Here are some collectives worth checking out for journalists, allies, and others who want to address racism within journalism - and how to dream into a more reflective, equitable, and inclusive journalistic field.

Acknowledge & Dream - Media 2070: An Invitation to Dream Up for Media Reparations 
Free Press released their 100-page collaborative essay “examining the history of anti-Black harm in the U.S. media system.”

Build coalitions - Vision25: Building Racial Equity in Newsrooms
Vision25 is a collaboration between the Online News Association, the Maynard Institute and OpenNews that “seeks to build journalistic institutions where newsrooms are actively anti-racist and collaborative, and journalists of color feel like they truly belong,” as Irving Washington wrote in the announcement. The collaborative has a big vision for success: “We believe that if we can get 22,000 U.S. journalists and 25 percent of newsrooms to join this social change movement and take action, we will see change.”

Connect in these spaces - OpenNews DEI Coalition for Anti-Racist, Equitable, and Just Newsrooms
After the SRCCON 2020 conference this summer, OpenNews decided to co-create two digital organizing spaces on Slack that is “focused on organizing, collective action, and knowledge sharing in the service of a more equitable journalism industry.” The first space will be for journalists working to change their newsrooms, and the second space will be for managers who are allies in the movement.

Take action - Nov. 10: A Day of Action & Education from Public Media for All
Public Media for all, “a diverse coalition of public media workers, led by people of color” is organizing a day of action on November 10 to call attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in public media. They have actions for people of color, white allies, organizations, and public media fans on their website.

Lightning Chats

Discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study! You can subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal or revisit past chats in the archive (login for full access). Here's what's coming up:

TODAY! Weds, Oct. 7 // OJA/Gather Chat: Southern California Public Radio and Alabama Media Group: Learn about SCPR’s project “Southern California Public Radio’s Engaged Journalism” and Alabama Media Group’s project “Reckon Women: Motherhood.” Both are finalists for the OJA Gather Award in the Overall Excellence category. 1:00-1:45pm ET / 10:00-10:45am PT. Register here.

Fri, Oct. 16 // ONA SESSION: From participation to collaboration: building power with communities: How do we move engagement beyond public participation and acknowledge and amplify the power that communities hold through journalism collaboration? Join this important conversation to discuss how to strategize and re-imagine the relationships journalists build with the public we serve. Panelists: Stefanie Murray of Center for Cooperative Media, Heather Bryant of Project Facet, and Alicia Bell of News Voices. 10:30am - 11:15am ET / 7:30-8:30am PT. Register for ONA 2020 to join.
Weds, Oct. 21 // Three tools for journalists to explore systems change: Systems thinking can help engaged journalists identify effective ways to help their communities understand opportunities for systemic impact. In this hour-long chat, Kayla Christopherson and Cole Goins from The New School’s Journalism + Design program will share three powerful exercises from their systems thinking toolkit, and Yvonne Wenger of the Baltimore Sun will share a practical take on how each exercise helped shape and deepen her reporting and engagement process. Register on Zoom for a 60-minute conversation at 2pm ET / 11am PT. Click here to add this to your Google Calendar.

Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding

Shoutout to Alex Veeneman and Thomas Seymat for posting these on Slack!  Check out the #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding Slack channels to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.

Newsroom Collaborative Manager, The Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism: “In the next few months, we are launching a collaborative encompassing five local newsrooms to jointly produce a high-impact mental health investigation for local and national audiences on a variety of platforms and engaging with the public in creative ways. (This is a yearlong, remote, part-time position.)” Location: Remote. 

Community Engagement Coordinator, Investigate Europe: “We, ten experienced journalists from all over Europe, are ‘Investigate Europe.’ We are now looking for someone who will drive this process to spread our journalism. Are you this person who wants to create a link between reporters and readers? Do you want to work on new crowd-based models to get our cooperative on the ground? Do you like to experiment and measure the results?” Location: Remote in Europe. Deadline: 10/15/20.

Engagement Journalist, The Sacramento Bee: “The Sacramento Bee is seeking a creative, high-energy journalist with previous engagement experience to join our team. Your primary focus will be on how coronavirus is impacting vulnerable communities as it pertains to housing security, financial independence and domestic violence in California’s Central Valley.” Location: Sacramento, CA. 

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.
  • Q&As on Twitter: Have you hosted a “successful Q&A with one person on Twitter”? Specifically a text-based situation where a news organization asks one person a question, and the audience can follow along? Share your experience on Slack.                                                       
  • Local newsletter workflow: Simon Galperin wrote up how to “improve information equity” through a local newsletter. Read the article and ask him questions on Slack.
  • Mobile conversions: What do you know about the conversion journey for people on mobile? What have you learned from your experience or from research? A Gatherer wants to know.
  • Training on civil unrest: Free Press is hosting a FREE training next Tuesday, 10/13 called “Reporting on Civil Unrest this Election Season.” Ask them questions on Slack or RSVP here.

Hot Read"The People Trump Came Home To" by Elaine Godfrey and Adam Harris at The Atlantic. (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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