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In this week's newsletter:

  • OJA WINNERS: Congratulations to Documented and Southern California Public Radio (KPCC/LAist)!

  • SYSTEMS THINKING: Today’s Lightning Chat will be powerful.

  • JOB ALERT: Apply to be an Audience Growth Producer at McClatchy or the Mountain/Regional West Manager at the Solutions Journalism Network.

  • COMMUNITY UPDATES: Database of elections experts, moderating comments during elections, the Tribal Nations Media Guide, and more.

  • HOT READ: "As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place."

Honoring exemplary community-centered journalism

Congratulations to the winners of the second-ever Gather Award in Engaged Journalism! The OJA judges honored Documented’s Use of WhatsApp During COVID-19 Pandemic and Southern California Public Radio’s Engaged Journalism work

Here’s what the Documented team has to say about what this award means to them:

“This is an award to building trust with our audience. We started this project by first embedding ourselves in a community, to then create the product as a response to pain points that we identified. We are very excited to keep working with immigrant communities, who now work as our eyes and ears in the field. This award is a reminder that by being useful to your audience, you create trust. And trust is the antidote to many of the threats to journalism at the moment.

Here’s what Ashley Alvarado had to say on behalf of the KPCC/LAist engagement team:

“Thank you so much to Gather and ONA for honoring KPCC/LAist with the Gather Award for overall excellence in engaged journalism again this year. More than anything, thank you for celebrating this field of practice. The recognition signals an important shift in journalism toward centering information needs, inviting and respecting public participation, recognizing and sharing power, and producing work that is reflective and inclusive. We see this in our events, our storytelling, and in the thousands of exchanges we’ve had answering thousands of voting, fire, and COVID questions one by one. This work doesn’t just feel good, it does good. And it is A LOT of work supported not only by the KPCC/LAist engagement team but by the whole newsroom—from shows to digital to reporters and editors—and by colleagues across the organization.”

All of this year’s finalists are exemplars of how the practice of journalism is changing to better listen to, engage with, center, and collaborate with the communities they serve. If you want to feel inspired about what role journalism can play in building stronger, healthier, and more equitable communities, I encourage you to listen to the full chats with all six finalists to recharge your batteries - the Q&As made me tear up (login to view). For public sharing, this Medium piece offers everyone’s presentations.

Congratulations again to the winners and the finalists!

Alisha Savson, Gather community manager

Lightning Chats

Discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study! You can subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal or revisit past chats in the archive (login for full access). Here's what's coming up:
TODAY! Weds, Oct. 21 @ 3pm ET (corrected time) // Three tools for journalists to explore systems change: Systems thinking can help engaged journalists identify effective ways to help their communities understand opportunities for systemic impact. In this hour-long chat, Kayla Christopherson and Cole Goins from The New School’s Journalism + Design program will share three powerful exercises from their systems thinking toolkit, and Yvonne Wenger of the Baltimore Sun will share a practical take on how each exercise helped shape and deepen her reporting and engagement process. Register on Zoom for a 60-minute conversation at 3pm ET / 12pm PT. Click here to add this to your Google Calendar.

Jobs, Fellowships, and Funding

Shoutout to Cal Lundmark and Michelle Faust Raghavan for posting these on Slack! Check out the #jobsandinternships and #grantsandfunding Slack channels to see what other opportunities Gatherers are sharing.

Audience Growth Producer, McClatchy (Southeast): “The producer’s job is to maintain the flow of readers into our top funnel spot. He/she/they should be data focused, ensuring our content is useful, attractive, and finds the widest audience possible.” The producer will be part of a regional team that works across up to a dozen newsrooms. Location: Charlotte, NC. NOTE: McClatchy is also hiring a second producer based in Raleigh, NC. (Ask Cal Lundmark questions on Gather.)

Mountain/Northwest Regional Manager, Solutions Journalism Network: “The Mountain/Northwest region manager will [catalyze] the spread of solutions reporting by journalists and news organizations in the region. This person also will help steward activities that connect the resulting coverage to enhanced audience and community engagement; and will seed professional and civic networks that promote learning and sharing across geography.” Location: Remote in CO, ID, MT, UT, WY, WA, OR. (Ask Michelle Faust Raghavan questions on Gather.)

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.
  • Database of elections experts: The Trusted Elections Expert Network is live! This database offers a “vetted non-partisan list of elections experts” and is a partnership between Election SOS and the American Press Institute. Check out the database or suggest other experts on Slack.
  • Comments during elections: Andrew Losowsky published a guide with great tips for how to moderate comments through election season. Read it here.
  • NAJA guide: The Tribal Nations Media Guide from the Native American Journalists Association is a key resource for everyone in media. Check it out.
  • Re-engagement campaigns: One Gatherer has been getting emails from regular newsletter openers who keep getting re-engagement campaigns. Have insights on why this might be happening? Join the conversation on Slack.

Hot Read"As Local News Dies, a Pay-for-Play Network Rises in Its Place" by Davey Alba and Jack Nicas at The New York Times. (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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