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In this week's newsletter:

  • CHECK IT OUT: A comprehensive list of conferences for the journalism community.

  • JOB ALERT: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism is hiring two engaged impact producers, and The Fuller Project seeks an engagement consultant.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Common story metrics, Flipboard mysteries, alt text on social content, and small ways to grow lists.
    HOT READ: “The Knight Foundation’s ties to far-right extremists undermine journalism's future.”

New comprehensive list of conferences

Last month, I wrote about how two questions from Gatherers sent me looking for an evergreen, one-stop list of journalism events. I couldn’t find one, so I started a public document.

After that, magic happened.

Stefanie Murray offered the Center for Cooperative Media’s 2020 conference list as a template for a community spreadsheet, and Simon Galperin offered to help with any needed automation. Heather Bryant, creator of the 2020 version, chimed in, and then Heather ran with the idea of making a public, evergreen list of conferences for the broader journalism community. Moumita Paladhi at News Catalyst contributed time to update the list with available dates and information for 2021.

Here is the one-stop journalism conference list that you wish you always had: PUBLIC LIST: Journalism Conferences. It is editable, so please add any conferences our communities should know about or update dates when needed. Heather Bryant will steward this open document for the time being.

I’m breathing a sigh of relief thinking about the year ahead - there is no need to re-create the industry conference list again. Thank you Heather, Moumita, Stefanie, and Simon for your help and offers! 

Alisha Savson, Gather community manager

Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding

Shoutout to Olalla Tunas and Lilian Tan for posting these on Slack! Check out the #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding Slack channels to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.

Environment Impact Producer, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: “You will ensure our journalism reaches key audiences in meaningful ways, that communities affected by the issues we cover benefit from our work, and that we collaborate with other organisations and individuals who are driving change.” (The Bureau is also hiring a Global Health Impact Producer.) Location: London, room for flexibility. Deadline: 3/8/21 

Consultant/Part-time Contributor, The Fuller Project: “The Fuller Project is looking for a consultant / part-time contributor to help us develop a community engagement plan and pilot a few community engagement efforts aligned with 2-3 upcoming stories over the next 6-8 months. The Fuller Project is a nonprofit newsroom dedicated to reporting on the issues that affect women.” Contact Lilian Tan on Slack or by email for more details. (Note: Job title links to Gather’s Slack.)

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.
  • Common story metrics: One Gatherer asks, “Does anyone have a list of common story metrics (ie: visitors, time spent, social referrals…) and what actions you can take to influence each metric that they’d be willing to share?” Post your insights here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • Flipboard mysteries: Do you get good traffic from Flipboard … and have no idea why that happens or how to replicate those results? Or, on the flipside (hah!), do you have answers to these questions? Join the conversation.
  • Alt text: What are good ways to improve the accessibility of your social content? Check out Regina Mack’s Tweet thread on alt text.
  • Growing lists: What are some small experiments worth trying to grow newsletter lists? One Gatherer is part of Poynter’s Table Stakes program and is collecting ideas.

Hot Read"The Knight Foundation’s ties to far-right extremists undermine journalism's future" by Simon Galperin for The Objective. (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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