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Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding
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- Editor for Audience and Engagement, ProPublica: "We’re hiring an editor to oversee our efforts to reach audiences and communities. Cultivating and growing our audiences is at the core of our work. You’ll be overseeing more than a half-dozen journalists, including our social team, award-winning engagement reporters and newsletter editor. And you’ll be a leading editorial voice collaborating with others at ProPublica, including our events and outreach teams." Deadline: January 13, 2019. Learn more.
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- 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.
- “As a media industry writer aiming to report on useful real-world innovations, I have found that Gather’s active community shares bright ideas and brilliant questions which often help guide my work and some lessons we at Nieman Lab share.” — Christine Schmidt, Nieman Lab
- Tracking your asks: Do you reach out to people, institutions and communities asking them to share your work? If you do, how do you track or measure this strategy? Alexandra Smith wants to know, and her Gather colleagues have lots to say.
- Planning ahead: Which journalism, engagement and related conferences are you planning to attend in 2019? We want to know!
- Hot Read: "A $20,243 bike crash: Zuckerberg hospital’s aggressive tactics leave patients with big bills" by Sarah Kliff at VOX. (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 Sara Weber, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Sara Weber
What you do: I’m the engagement manager at The Salt Lake Tribune. I manage the paper’s website, handle social media and work to connect our reporters to our readers and the surrounding community through a number of different projects. One of my favorite parts of the job is analyzing data from our website, mobile app and social media to determine where we’ve improved and where we can do better. Basically, I love a good pivot table.
Why you’re on Gather: Being named the first engagement editor at my newspaper felt like a huge step in the right direction, but the idea of implementing engagement strategies in a legacy newsroom felt intimidating and, honestly, a bit lonely. When I found Gather, it looked like the perfect opportunity to work with — and learn from — others in similar situations. So far, that has definitely been the case. I’m thrilled to be able to dip into this community for advice and friendly interaction with so many leaders in the engagement sector.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: One of my biggest obstacles is explaining and demonstrating the importance of reader engagement. I work with a staff that’s still repairing itself after layoffs and is pretty hesitant to try new things or take on additional work. In recent weeks, Gatherers have helped me figure out better ways to show reporters the impact reader engagement can have, like looking beyond Facebook likes. I’d like to continue that conversation, as well pick others’ brains about hosting live engagement events.
One thing you have to share on Gather: I’ve been really pleased with how my “Why Utah?” Facebook group has been doing. I’ve found a lot of people in and around Salt Lake City are eager to communicate more directly with The Tribune and it’s reporters. It’s still very new, though, so I’d love to hear from other Gatherers about how they’ve grown comparable groups in their community, what worked, what didn’t, etc.
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: I believe journalism is essential to a well-informed and honest community. Engaged journalism helps ensure people’s voices are heard — and it can affect real change. Few things make me happier than a nice message from a reader expressing gratitude for what we do.
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? I’ve tried everything in journalism, from reporting to copy editing to web management. Journalism is my passion, but day-to-day reporting didn’t feel as fulfilling as I had hoped. With the help of a few grad school professors and the Public Insight Network, I found my real passion was based more in connecting with a local community and helping news organizations be the best possible resource to readers.
Would you rather be at the beach or the mountains? The mountains are my happy place. Growing up in Phoenix, Arizona, my family and I would always escape up to Flagstaff for a few hours if we needed a break. Now I live in Utah and only have to drive 10 minutes to be up in the mountains!
Links for ways to connect with you.
If you want to say hi, talk about ridiculous television shows (currently obsessed with Riverdale) or discuss engagement, I can be reached through:
Gather Slack: sara.weber