In This Week’s Newsletter

  • 👀: Gather’s new look (with snazzy icons!) sets the stage for our upcoming community survey.

  • JOB ALERT: Apply to be the Community Engagement Editor at The Rochester Post Bulletin.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: A DEI newsroom embed, A/B testing for comments, creating a kit for first-time newsroom trainers, the Tiny News Collective, and “balcony time.”
    HOT READ: “Late-Stage Pandemic Is Messing With Your Brain.”

New look, looking forward

You probably notice something different around here ... Gather's new branding is live!

Last week, I wrote about how this change better reflects what this community is all about: Support. Learning and growth. Friendliness and warmth. Connection.

Check out Gather’s website, Twitter, and Slack to enjoy the new look, created by design firm The Study. (Bonus for Slack users: look for new emojis!)

This more established visual identity reflects the fact that, after three-plus years, Gather is a more established community. This new look also sets the stage for our 2021 Gather Community Survey, which launches next week. Your needs, insights, and imaginings for the future will be vital in guiding Gather’s evolution and strengthening our community.

Alisha Savson, Gather community manager

  Lightning Chats 

Discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study in our 30 minute chats.  

More Lightning Chats coming soon; revisit past chats in the archive.

  Jobs and Funding 

Shoutout to Joy Mayer for posting this on Slack! Check out #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding on Slack to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.

Community Engagement Editor, The Rochester Post Bulletin: “Working closely with our Editor, the Community Engagement Editor will help lead public forums (physical or virtual), engage with our audience through social media, and of course edit our daily opinion pages. You will bring the relevant journalism skills (writing, editing and editorial judgment) and be comfortable meeting new people and speaking before a crowd.” Location: Rochester, MN.

 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.
  • DEI newsroom embed: One Gatherer wants to talk with others “who have hired external consultants to embed with their newsrooms to provide training, coaching and recommendations for structural changes through a DEI lens.” Reach out here.
  • A/B testing for comments: What are some best practices for A/B testing for comment modules or which prompts encourage people to comment? One Gatherer is curious.
  • Kit for newsroom trainers: A Gatherer asks, “What sort of resources would you imagine including in a kit for first-time, newsroom trainers?” Share your ideas here.                                                                                                                           
  • Tiny News Collective: Have you been thinking about starting a news organization from scratch? Do you need training and resources to help you do it? You may want to apply for the inaugural Tiny News Collective cohort. The Collective is even offering many resources to help you prepare your application. Find out more on Twitter or their website.
  • “Balcony time:” A Gatherer shared Katie Hawkins-Gaar’s concept of finding “balcony time” in our work, i.e. “stepping away from a crowded dance floor to get a different view.” You can read about it here or check out the related slide deck

Hot Read: "Late-Stage Pandemic Is Messing With Your Brain" by Ellen Cushing at The Atlantic. (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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