In This Week’s Newsletter

  • DEI: Offer input for a source diversity audit tool + join a DEI coalition.

  • SURVEY: Have you taken Gather’s community survey yet?
  • JOB ALERT: Next week’s Public Media Career Fair, a project manager job, and a new Public Square Editor position.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Unconventional growth strategies, the art of managing up, a poll on content alerts, community management, Google Analytics 4, and the re-subscribe email.
    HOT READ: "Build for a crisis: ideas for the future of local news.”

Two ways to get involved in DEI efforts in journalism

Engaged journalists consistently advocate for newsrooms to ask themselves, as Chalkbeat puts it, “Does your journalism accurately reflect the communities you serve?”

Answering this question is complicated. It requires organizations to specify which communities they think they serve, and to match that up against data about who engages with their journalism and whose voices and perspectives are currently elevated in their work. 

Cue a new project from Chalkbeat and the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. They are creating a replicable source diversity auditing tool to help newsrooms accurately reflect their communities, and they need your help. They are kicking off their project with an “audit of audits” and want to hear from you on what has worked well (and what hasn’t) in your systems for source tracking.

If you would like to find others in journalism taking action for diversity, equity, and inclusion, consider joining the DEI Coalition for Anti-Racist, Equitable, and Just Newsrooms. OpenNews convened 100+ volunteers (including at least a dozen Gatherers and myself) to co-create a community for people fighting to make journalism more equitable. The result is a thoughtful, intentional space where members can learn strategies and support each other to be better allies and accomplices in this work. 

Lish Savson, Gather community manager
(Why the slightly different first name? “Lish” has long been my nickname, and I recently decided I'd like to go by Lish in public.)

Have you taken the 2021 Community Survey?

We’ve heard from 50 Gatherers on the Community Survey so far. This means we’re one quarter of the way to our goal to hear from 200 Gatherers!

Why 200? Two reasons - that’s roughly 10% of the Gather community, and it’s nearly double the number of folks we heard from in our first survey in 2019. Since YOU guide the evolution of this community, along with the advisory committee, your input is vital to Gather’s future. 

Help us reach our goal and take the 2021 Community Survey in 15 minutes or less. Thank you!

  Jobs and Funding 

Shoutout to Graham Watson-Ringo, Julie Drizin, and Sona Patel for posting these on Slack! Check out the #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding Slack channels to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.

It’s another week full of job opportunities. Here are a few options to consider, with more on Slack:

Public Media Career Fair: From the Current's Julie Drizin - "Over 50 public media organizations are recruiting for FT jobs at the Public Media Career Fair on March 31 (next Wednesday!) This is a great opportunity to put your resume in the virtual hands of recruiters and have 1:1 chats with them.” 

Senior Project Manager, Audience Development, News Revenue Hub: “Take the lead on the Hub’s audience and membership labs and other group-learning workshops, and help deliver Hub services to member newsrooms.” Location: Remote. Deadline: 4/4/21 

Public Square Editor, The New York Times: “The New York Times is seeking an engagement editor to launch and lead a public square for a new journalism initiative called Headway. The public square editor will create and manage an online exchange on The New York Times website and design virtual convenings and live events.” Location: NYC

 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.
  • Unconventional growth strategies: A Gatherer is compiling resources for a set of grantees and asks, “What are some unconventional audience growth strategies that have worked well for newsrooms? Something beyond social media posts (paid or organic) and listening sessions/events.” Share your insights here!                                                                                                                                                      
  • Art of managing up: Do you have great tips or great examples of what managing up is and how to do it well? Help a Gatherer create a slide deck!
  • Content alerts poll: Someone is conducting an informal Slack poll on the question, “Does your site send alerts/notifications on content?” Hop on Slack to participate.
  • Community management: NYT Cooking’s decision to step back from their 77,000 member Facebook group has Gatherers talking about the other option when staffing and moderation needs collide - closing the group. Read what Gatherers are sharing.
  • Google Analytics 4: Gatherers’ advice on what to do with the new GA amounts to, “install it, and forget about it (for now).” Learn more on Slack.
  • Re-subscribe email: Writing re-engagement emails can be an art. Gatherers had fun discussing this example.

Hot Read: "Build for a crisis: ideas for the future of local news" by Sarah Alvarez on Outlier Media’s blog. (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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