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.
- Thursday, Oct. 3, 2-2:30 pm ET // THE CITIZENS AGENDA FOR ELECTION COVERAGE: What if you based your election coverage on what your community has told you they actually want candidates to be talking about as they compete for votes? Join Brittany Schock of Richland Source, Bridget Thoreson of Hearken and Joy Mayer of Trusting News as they talk about what that process actually looks like and what they hope it achieves. (Read more about The Citizens Agenda here.) Join us on Zoom, and get more 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.
Director of Audience Strategy, The Marshall Project: “The Marshall Project seeks an accomplished audience development expert to help us understand our readership, attract new audiences and deepen our engagement with them. We hope to enlarge the number of people who care about criminal justice reform and to create a sustainable stream of revenue from our audience. This person in this position will serve as the digital leader for the business side of The Marshall Project, reporting to the president, with a dual report to the editor-in-chief and close ties to the newsroom.” Location: NYC
If you haven't joined the Gather Slack community, you're missing out on a lot of brainstorming, advice giving and collaboration. Seriously. Join here.
- Brainstorming the archives: Teddy Amenabar asked for examples of great projects involving archive photos, and the resulting thread is so much fun. (Time machine newsletter, anyone?) Join the conversation on Slack.
- Growing pains: As our Slack workspace grows (we just passed 1,100 members), we’re considering how to keep it manageable and are looking for inspiration from other communities. Are you in other large Slacks? Tell us about that experience here.
- Newsletter publishing: Do you put your newsletters on your website? What factors should you consider as you decide whether to do that? Join the conversation on Slack.
- Social media resource: Adriana Lacy gave a talk to college students about how to leverage social media for reporting and personal use, and she shared her slides on Slack.
- Outreach opportunity: The News Literacy Project is looking for journalists willing to be connected with teachers and students for conversations about how journalism and journalists work. Apply here to be a journalist volunteer, and if you have questions about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hot Read: "Opinion: The Growing Threat to Journalism Around the World" by A. G. Sulzberger, the publisher of The New York Times. (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 Molly Stier, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Molly Stier
What you do: I'm a growth editor at Quartz, which means I do lots of different things every day to reach new readers and strengthen our relationship with our loyal ones. While social media and audience work has always been my one true love, I have a background in reporting, editing, and fact-checking.
Why you’re on Gather: To learn about how other smart folks navigate this weird, wonderful, innovative, experimental, newish world of audience growth and engagement in a digital space.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: I'd like to learn how to pump editorial teams up about useful data they can take with them to inform and guide their work—without inhibiting their creative processes. Numbers can be intimidating, boring, and/or scary, but my goal is to tell a compelling, motivating story by using those figures as a guide.
One thing you have to share on Gather: Communities like Gather are so important. Many times our jobs are confusing and misunderstood, so it's empowering to validate each other's work and foster a collaborative space in an already challenging industry.
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: I love that I work in a space that allows me to experiment. Starting and following one big project from beginning to end and tracking its progress throughout is deeply satisfying—even if the results always aren't. It's a privilege to work in a field where failures are viewed as a productive part of the process.
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? My introductory journalism professor started the first day of class by criticizing objectivity and making us watch Jeff Daniels' opening monologue from the pilot of The Newsroom. (An excellent monologue! The rest of the series is...polarizing for good reason.) From there, I was hooked.
Would you rather watch a movie, read a book, or listen to a podcast? I'm a podcast junkie. My current favorites are The New York Times’ 1619, The Dave Chang Show, NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, and Vox's Switched on Pop. Send me your recs!
Links for ways to connect with you.
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org