Lightning chats are 30-minute video chats in which we (and by that we mean anyone!) discuss a shared challenge, brainstorm ideas for a project, or learn more about a case study. Peruse our archive of chats (including video replays) on Gather. You can also subscribe to a lightning chat calendar on Google calendar or on iCal.
Here's what's coming up:
- 12-12:30 pm ET, Oct. 29: Self-care for engaged journalists // Let's talk about how to take care of ourselves while balancing a job that's constantly demanding more, an audience that has plenty to say and a news cycle that won't stop. Chaseedaw Giles of Kaiser Health News and Melissa Daniels of The Desert Sun will bring tips from their ONA session to this lightning chat. Join us on Zoom 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.
Trust Network Manager, The Trust Project: “The Trust Network Manager serves as a core member of the Trust Project team, playing a critical role in building news partner engagement and supporting both technical and editorial compliance; gathering information to help further develop the work of the Trust Project; managing news partner events and gatherings; and executing important strategic collaborations for the Trust Project."
Social Media Engagement Fellow, Grist: "Grist’s social media look, feel, and voice are key parts of our unique brand of environmental journalism. The social media engagement fellow will help run Grist’s daily social media platforms and lead the effort to grow our social following. You will coordinate cover story and video promotion, grow our social swap partnerships, and generally drive Grist in its efforts to grow and engage with our audience." Location: Seattle or Remote
If you haven't joined the Gather Slack community, you're missing out on a lot of brainstorming, advice giving and collaboration. Join here.
- Information needs assessment: Olivia Henry used a Twitter thread last week to share highlights from the Listening Post Collective’s information needs assessment in the Fresno area, and it’s a master class in how to really listen to what a community needs. Read it on Twitter.
- Self-care: When it comes to taking care of yourself, what could you use the most help with? In preparation for an upcoming lightning chat (see above), chime in on Slack about what you hope we'll cover.
- Q&A: A few other questions being asked on Slack now are on Instagram tools, workflows for social media teams and Gmail Ads.
- Hot Read: "The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You" by Op-Ed columnist David Leonhardt 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.)
Meet Rachel Glickhouse, this week's Featured Member.
Name: Rachel Glickhouse
What you do: I run the Documenting Hate project at ProPublica and help with large-scale collaborations.
Why you’re on Gather: To learn about what's happening in the engagement space, hear about interesting new projects, use folks as a sounding board/get advice, share ProPublica's latest projects/products relevant to engagement journalists and find out about new job openings.
One thing you want to learn on Gather: What kind of engagement projects are working, and why?
One thing you have to share on Gather: We have a bunch of tools to help engagement journalists work together on projects, including a new tool for crowdsourced projects and a collaboration guide. https://www.propublica.org/nerds/making-collaborative-data-projects-easier-our-new-tool-collaborate-is-here
One thing about your work that gets you especially pumped up: I get to work with journalists from newsrooms all over the country and help them do reporting, which is really gratifying since we get to spread the reach of our own journalism to other reporters.
Who or what inspired you to get into this work? I got into this type of work through the (now Newmark) CUNY Social Journalism program, and a crowd-powered project I worked on with Bobbie Johnson at Medium while I was in grad school.
Links for ways to connect with you.