About Gather

Gather is a project + platform to support community-minded journalists and other engagement professionals.

The Mission

Our mission is to 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. Please check out and consider our community agreements to support an experience that makes everyone feel welcome and respected.

Who’s Behind Gather

Gather is a collaborative project led by the Agora Journalism Center, the gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement, at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication.

Andrew DeVigal
executive director of Gather and the Agora Journalism Center, the gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement, at University of Oregon’s School of Journalism & Communication

Alisha 王 Savson
community manager

Maia Laperle
content producer

Regina Lawrence
research director of the Agora Journalism Center

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The platform was co-designed in collaboration with our steering and advisory committees, which include journalists, technologists, researchers, and engagement practitioners. Our current fantastic advisory committee members are:

Ashley Alvarado
director, community engagement at Southern California Public Radio

Carrie Brown
social journalism program director at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Peggy Holman
co-founder of Journalism That Matters 

Gracie McKenzie
engagement editor at The Trace

Alicia Bell
News Voices organizing manager at Free Press

Emma Carew Grovum
newsroom strategist and tech/product consultant

Georgiana “Jo” Ilie
COO at Media DoR

Joy Mayer
director and founder
Trusting News

Yve Susskind
owner / principal of Praxis Associates LLC

Kim Bode
product manager, newsletters and messaging at Los Angeles Times

Julia Haslanger
engagement technical account manager at Hearken

Lauren Katz
deputy engagement editor at Vox 

David Rodriguez
census collaboration & community engagement specialist at Reveal


This project + platform is made possible through the generous grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Democracy Fund, and, and the News Integrity Initiative. Thank you.

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Updated: June 2020