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In this week's newsletter:

  • KUDOS: Lifting up a few examples of engaged elections coverage.
  • JOB ALERT: Apply to be a Community Engagement Specialist at WFYI.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Example community MOUs, compile community newsletters, reaching younger readers, and celebrating anniversaries.

  • HOT READ: "Georgia secretary of state says fellow Republicans are pressuring him to find ways to exclude ballots."

Reflecting on engaged election coverage

I’ve been thinking about this Tweet thread from Erica Perel, an advisor to The Daily Tarheel, the student newspaper at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, since Election Day. 

Erica went on to share how the paper defined what impact they wanted to have, which sources they looked to for inspiration (including The Citizens Agenda, Solutions Journalism, Poynter’s MediaWise, and engagement journalism), how they listened to their community, and how the newsroom pitched a state-wide student media collaboration that got funded. 

It was a lovely shoutout to great local engagement work around elections. Gatherer Laura Bertocci asked for similar examples of engagement experiments on Slack and Nyssa Kruse shared how the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette tried a text help line for voting issues. Ariam Alula shared how students in a Latino Politics class at San Francisco State College researched and published how 25 different propositions might affect Latino communities. Finally, on a national level, Mark Glaser spotlighted 7 innovative projects around elections, nearly all with engagement as a core value.

These are only a few examples of the excellent engagement work that I know happened around elections coverage this year. Do you have an election engagement win you’d like to share? Pop over to Slack to share your kudos and lift up your team’s work! 

Alisha Savson, Gather community manager

PS. We'll be off next week for the holiday and are taking a page from The Local Fix and taking an extended pause from the Gather newsletter to rest, reflect, and plan. Our final newsletter of the year comes December 2 - stay tuned!


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

Community Engagement Specialist-Education Reporting, WFYI: “This Community Engagement Specialist will be part of a new multi-person WFYI journalism team [and will] be responsible for integrating the initiative into the work of other local public education community organizations and for engaging with community members about public education throughout Indiana.” Location: Indianapolis, IN

There are several other exciting engagement and audience-related postings this week, including an Audience Growth Producer for McClatchy, Engagement Editor at MIT Review, Community Engagement Producer at KQED, and three Debate Editors at

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.
  • Example community MOUs: One Gatherer is updating their MOUs for project partnerships and would love to see your examples. Share them here!                                                                    
  • Compile community newsletters: Simon Galperin recently shared how the Bloomfield Information Project compiles information from dozens of local sources into a community newsletter with the Center for Cooperative Media. You can view the replay and ask questions on Slack.
  • Reaching younger readers: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette launched a new product aimed at readers in their 20s and early 30s. Has your publication done something similar? Join the conversation.
  • Celebrating anniversaries: Have you put together an engagement and communications plan for celebrating big organizational anniversaries? One Gatherer wants to know.

Hot Read"Georgia secretary of state says fellow Republicans are pressuring him to find ways to exclude ballots" by Amy Gardner for the Washington Post.(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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