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This is a weekly newsletter for Gather, a project + platform to support community-minded journalists and other engagement professionals. We’d love your feedback. What's useful about this newsletter? What's missing? Let us know

In this week's newsletter:

  • ENGAGEMENT MEETUPS: If you’ll be at ONA this week, we’re here to help you find other Gatherers.

  • CASE STUDY: Learn how the Banyan Project is using a co-op news model to tackle news deserts.

  • JOB ALERT: PBS' FRONTLINE is hiring an Outreach Engagement Producer. 

  • HOT READ: Read the Guardian's article on how the unlikely duo of the Burning Man Festival and news co-ops are helping to shape journalism.

  • INTROS: Meet Jake Lynch, Community Engagement Editor for 100 Days in Appalachia.

OMG hi! It’s so good to see you!


Engaged journalists don’t get to see each other face to face very often. Too many of us don’t work with other journalists who dwell in engagement, and the work can feel lonely. Digital tools definitely help us stay connected, and logging into the Gather Slack always makes me less isolated. But there's nothing like meeting face to face.

This week, those of us going to ONA in Austin will get to connect in person, and we hope to help you find each other in the sea of faces with the help of a low-tech strategy: stickers! 



We have brand new Gather stickers — one size for your laptop and one for your badge or phone. We hope you'll decorate yourself and your tech with them and use them to spot each other. Think of how much you have in common already! Go ahead and say hello.

Some Gather colleagues will be outside the doors of the opening session Thursday morning. Look for us there to get your sticker as you walk in. Or if you don’t find us, post in
the #meetupsandevents channel on Slack or use #LetsGather on Twitter to connect with one of us in Austin.

I love the idea of Gatherers finding each other in person. The platform exists to connect you to each other. We believe that in doing so, we’ll elevate engagement practices and improve journalism. That’s really the heart of it. Here’s how we described ourselves when we launched:

Gather is a project + platform to support community-minded journalists and other engagement professionals. The mission: make journalism more responsive to the public’s needs and more inclusive of the public’s voices and diversity, by helping journalists, educators, and students who share these values find each other, find resources and best practices, and find support and mentorship.

If you won’t be at ONA, follow the #meetupsandevents channel on Slack, where I hope participants will share links to slide decks and other resources and sources of inspiration.

I hope to see *your* actual face soon!

Joy Mayer, Gather community manager

Case Study: How the Banyan Project is Using a Co-op News Model to Tackle News Deserts


By Payton Bruni

More than ten years ago, Tom Stites was inspired to start a journalism-strengthening initiative that evolved into the Banyan Project. The project went on to develop a business model for community-scale online news co-ops that are designed to thrive in news deserts. Banyan is now setting out to proactively seed news co-ops throughout the U.S. and to provide them with quality support services so they succeed.

Banyan-model news co-ops, in a similar fashion to food co-ops, strive to serve their members by offering reader benefits and activating engaged communication with their communities. Banyan is currently working with community leaders to launch a pilot news co-op in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Once enough funding has been accrued, Banyan plans to launch 20 news co-ops across the U.S. over a three-year period.

Read the case study on Gather.

You need a Gather account to view this content. Request an invitation, or let us know if your invite hasn't arrived. You’ll find 90 case studies and featured projects on Gather. Take a look through, and then recommend projects you’d like to see us dig into.

We’re adding to our collection of case studies and featured projects on Gather, and we’ve made it easier for you to share your ideas with a new Google form. Feel free to tell us about your own work or work you admire or want to learn from. And thanks for your help!

Lightning Chats


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:
 
  • Tuesday, Sept.18 // Election coverage that meets audience needs: Fresh off their ONA talk on this topic, Ashley Alvarado of Southern California Public Radio and Julia Haslanger of Hearken will bring tools and strategies to help your newsroom better serve your audience. Join us on Zoom at 1pm ET / 10am PT for a 30-minute conversation. Click here to add this to your Google Calendar.
 

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. Here's what's new this week:
 
  • Outreach Engagement Producer, FRONTLINE (PBS): "FRONTLINE, one of the nation's most respected investigative documentary units, is seeking an Outreach Engagement Producer to help us introduce and connect our films, our journalism, and our brand with new, engaged, and diverse audiences across distribution platforms. At the heart of this work is helping the series to raise its visibility and to ensure its sustainability. FRONTLINE, one of the nation's most respected investigative documentary units, is seeking an Outreach Engagement Producer to help us introduce and connect our films, our journalism, and our brand with new, engaged, and diverse audiences across distribution platforms.

    At the heart of this work is helping the series to raise its visibility and to ensure its sustainability.We are seeking candidates who will creatively devise a strategic engagement plan around our broadcast schedule with clearly defined objectives and measurable results. The goal is to connect our content and special initiatives with appropriate partners, supporters, and audiences in real world settings. Working collaboratively with FRONTLINE’s audience team and in consultation with WGBH’s Station Relations, the Outreach Engagement Producer will devise and oversee a multitude of live events where our documentaries and other innovative projects can be prominently featured and experienced. Additionally, the Outreach Engagement Producer will work cooperatively with the series’ Development Producer and WGBH’s Major Gifts team to conceive, plan and execute cultivation events for prospective major donors to the series throughout the US." Learn more. 
 

Community Update 


If you haven't joined the Gather Slack community, you're missing out on a lot of brainstorming, advice giving and collaboration. Join here
 
  • Let’s talk elections: We talked in lasts week’s newsletter about election coverage we thought of as being particularly useful. You also heard about Joy’s aunt, who used all her free stories searching for basic candidate info on her local newspaper’s website before giving up. With that in mind, we’re asking this week: What audience needs are journalists good at filling during election seasons, and which are we less reliable on? Join the conversation on Slack.
     
  • Let’s meet in Chicago: Your next chance to connect in person post-ONA is at the People-Powered Publishing Conference, which is in Chicago Nov. 15-16. Gather is a conference partner,and registration is only $25. Such a deal! Learn more at bit.ly/pppc2018, and feel free to send questions to Simon Nyi (who’s also a Gather steering committee member) at simon.nyi@ilhumanities.org.
     
  • Hot Read: "Join the club: how Burning Man festival and co-ops are helping shape journalism" by Gatherer Emily Goligoski. (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 Jake Lynch, this week's Featured Member.


Name: Jake Lynch 

What you do: Community Engagement Editor for 100 Days in Appalachia

Why you’re on Gather: To learn from brave and creative people willing to re-imagine how we do things.

One thing you want to learn on Gather: Inexpensive, sustainable, fun ways for everyday citizens to contribute news and information about an area when there is no local media outlet.

One thing you have to share on Gather: Lessons from the engaged journalism experiments we are hosting across Appalachia.

One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: Giving a voice to people and communities that have been ignored or misrepresented by media.

Who or what inspired you to get into this work? A few years working in grassroots community development in West Virginia, where I saw the devastating impact of “media deserts,” and what is lost when citizens do not feel as if anyone is paying attention to what is happening in their communities.

Would you rather watch a movie, read a book, or listen to a podcast? Wherever the story is good.

Links for ways to connect with you.
https://www.talktojake.com/
http://medium.com/@jake_lynch
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