Discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study at Gather's lightning chats. You can also subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal. Here's what's coming up:
Wednesday, Feb. 6 // Kickstarter for media projects: Let’s talk about the pros and cons, and the when and why, of using crowdfunding for your media project. We’ll hear first from these folks about their experiences:
Join us on Zoom at 2:30pm ET / 1:30pm CT / 11:30am PT for a 30-minute conversation. Click here to add this to your Google Calendar.
- Madeleine Poore of WAMU
- Alex Hernandez of 90 Days, 90 Voices
- Courtney Hurtt of WDET
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.
- Collaborations Manager, Reveal: "The Collaborations Manager will lead our growing Reveal Local Labs initiative and will oversee a few other key editorial collaborations that demonstrate our commitment to increasing the volume of and capacity for local investigative reporting. The first two Local Labs are underway in San Jose and New Orleans. The Collaborations Manager will lead management of these sites and the process to select the next two communities." Deadline: February 16, 2019. Learn more.
If you haven't joined the Gather Slack community, you're missing out on a lot of brainstorming, advice giving and collaboration. Join here.
- How has Gather been valuable to your work? We asked some active members that question recently and got some great responses. You can find some on our landing page at letsgather.in. and we’ll feature some here as well.
- “I really appreciate the case studies in Gather's newsletters, which provide concrete, tangible strategies for readers to follow; these strategies have helped inform and refine The Discourse's editorial approach." — Anita Li, Discourse Media
- Let’s talk membership: We added a #membership channel on Slack this fall, but it flew under the radar for a lot of folks and has just 10 percent of our Slack community in it. We know more of you are interested in this trendy topic, so join us there!
- All the conversations: It’s been such an active week on the Gather Slack that we can’t decide which posts to highlight, so we’ll just do a highlight reel to be safe. Follow these links if you’re interested in … supporting journalists who get doxxed, cross-posting newsletters to Medium or elsewhere, fighting back against faulty metrics, a newsletter about newsletters, advice for a new audience development team, being held accountable by readers for wire stories. Also, generous souls volunteered to review a fellow Gatherer’s resume. Man, this community is awesome.
- Hot Read: "We demand BuzzFeed pay out earned paid time off to its recently laid-off employees" by the BuzzFeed News Staff Council 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.)
Meet Nico Gendron, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Nico Gendron
What you do: RJI Fellow at the University of Missouri
Why you’re on Gather: Julia Haslanger and Kristin Walters. They pushed me to join Gather after I reached out for “what’s next” career advice. I’ve always valued engagement, whether it was WWE fans (my first job out of college!) or New York Times’ readers. But I became overly interested in engagement, through the lens of readers seeing themselves in the news they consume, after the 2016 election. I’ve come to realize that it’s a fundamental goal of the Gather tribe to make sure all audiences, across the US and the world, are best served by their news and media outlets.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: How other news outlets and organizations are reaching Gen Z readers and making them a priority. And most recently, how memes could be used as an engagement and/or media literacy tool.
One thing you have to share on Gather: My fellowship project (working with teens at rural high schools in Mid-MO without student newspapers and their community’s hyper local papers) or my time. I’m always happy to brainstorm, copy edit a proposal, etc.
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: When the students I work with go into a rabbit hole researching a news topic that interests them and then tell me about what they found. Or when they realize how much work it is to be a journalist. One of my favorite direct quotes: “Being a journalist is really hard. It’s like way harder than writing fiction.”
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? Terry Parris @ The City/ProPublica, Hanna Ingber @ NYT’s Reader Center, Jessica Reed @ The Guardian, Matt Black @ #geographyofpoverty
Would you rather watch a movie, read a book, or listen to a podcast? Tough choice. Movies are a great way to learn more while unwinding, podcasts have gotten me through driving over 400 miles a week to high schools and books were my first love since I didn’t learn how to read until almost second grade.
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