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In this week's newsletter:

  • SESSIONS + RESOURCES: Our final Gather-sponsored ONA session is on Friday! And if you’re reporting on elections, Election SOS offers guides, webinars, and story ideas.

  • CASE STUDY: Gather case studies are back! Read how the Salt Lake Tribune uses Facebook to guide reporting priorities.

  • JOB ALERT: Hearken, ProPublica, and Rest of the World are all hiring for engagement and audience roles.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Tips on online harassment, explaining anonymity to potential sources, SMS carrier problems, tools to track impact, and say hello on #intros.

  • HOT READ: "Equity First: A Call to Action for Journalism and Journalism Funders.”

ONA this week + resources from Election SOS


Mid-October brings the final week of ONA Everywhere - and also brings us closer to the election. Here’s a roundup of resources to close out your ONA experience or to help support your elections work.

ONA This Week

Resources from Election SOS

Election SOS, a project by Hearken and Trusting News and supported by the American Press Institute and the Democracy Fund, have these resources to support U.S. journalists as we get closer to the November election:
  • Their Scenario Planning Guide is for newsrooms, journalists, and freelancers who want to plan for various elections outcomes. Download the guide to think through how to protect staff from harm, how to protect the act of voting, and how to protect the results of the election.
     
  • Do you need help creating an audience-first voter guide? Here’s a five-day, self-paced Voter Guide email course.
     
  • Election SOS’ Story & Pitch Database offers fresh pitches every day to cover the election in a useful, productive way.
     
  • Check out these upcoming Election SOS workshops on digital and physical safety for journalists and covering election conflict.

Alisha Savson, Gather community manager
 

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:


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.



NEW Gather Case Study!
 

Gather case studies are back! These pieces dive deeper into engaged journalism projects to share what worked well to lessons learned. This week's case study comes from Shauna C. Murphy, a multimedia journalism graduate student at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

How the Salt Lake Tribune Uses Facebook to Guide Reporting Priorities
Why Utah? is a collaborative community Facebook page by The Salt Lake Tribune which launched to solicit input from Utahns. The state is experiencing a surge in population growth, and so the newspaper sought to represent issues which the community cared about most.



Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding


Shoutout to Kamila Jambulatova, Karim Doumar, Alex Veeneman and Emma Carew Grovum for posting these on Slack! Check out the #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding Slack channels to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.


Engagement Strategist — Growth and New Business Development, Hearken: “We embrace a sales process founded in deep listening and advocating for the needs of the client, and we are looking for someone who can help us build a community of mission-aligned practitioners. The person we are looking for can prospect new opportunities, build a pipeline and close deals, and thrives on building long-term, deep relationships with prospective clients.” Location: Remote USA. Deadline: 10/17 at 11:59pm CT. 

Engagement Reporter, Local, Temporary, ProPublica: “You’ll help shape crowdsourcing efforts for local and regional investigations across the country. You’ll think about how to find and reach the people with important stories to tell, how to pull them into the process and how to maximize the potential for impact.” Location: Remote. Deadline: Sunday, 11/1 at 11:59pm PST.

Audience Editor, News, Social & Weekends, ProPublica: “[This role] will take the lead in programming and monitoring our social media channels with an emphasis on bringing our local news coverage into the national conversation.” Location: NYC, remote possible. Deadline: Sunday, 11/1 at 11:59pm PST.

Assistant Audience Editor, Local, Temporary, ProPublica: “ProPublica’s unconventional audience team is looking for an assistant editor to join the newsroom for a one-year position (January to December 2021) focused on helping develop and execute our local news strategy.” Location: NYC, remote possible. Deadline: Sunday, 11/1 at 11:59pm PST.

Audience Engagement Editor, Rest of the World: “Drive activity and engagement across current and emerging digital platforms, amplify our journalism to deepen reader engagement, and help us find the best audiences for our work, no matter what location or platform proves the best fit.”
 


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.
 
  • Tips on online harassment: A Gatherer’s publication is increasingly covering politics, and with that comes the “dark side” of the internet many reporters have never seen before. What are your basic tips for dealing with online harassment? See resources and share yours on Slack.                                                                                                      
  • Explaining anonymity: One Gatherer is frequently contacted by sources with important story ideas, but nearly everyone requests anonymity. They share the company's policy on anonymity and why transparency matters in this age of media distrust, but they're curious - "How else do you explain why anonymous sourcing is not preferable in most cases?" Join the conversation on Slack or email your tip to Gather if you aren't on the platform.
     
  • SMS carrier problems: For organizations who deliver information through text - has anyone has encountered SMS problems recently, especially on T-mobile? Share what you know on Slack.
     
  • Tools to track impact: “What tools do you use to track the impact of your journalism -- stories, events, sources, etc.?” asks one Gatherer. Join the conversation.
     
  • Say hello on #intros: We recently created the #intros channel to learn about new Gatherers in one place. Whether you’re new to the community or a long-time member, hop over to #intros and tell us how you spend your time (or what you geek out about!), personally and professionally. 

Hot Read"Equity First: A Call to Action for Journalism and Journalism Funders" by Lea Trusty of The Engaged Journalism Lab / Democracy Fund on Medium. (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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