Injustice Watch and Documented are both finalists for the OJA Gather Award in the Micro/Small Newsrooms category. Injustice Watch created a judicial election guide, and Documented used WhatsApp to really listen to immigrants’ needs and offer news they can use.
La Nación and The Marshall Project are both finalists for the OJA Gather Award in the Overall Excellence category. Learn how La Nación used WhatsApp to connect with Argentinians stranded abroad, and how The Marshall Project created a publication for people within the prison system.
Free Press is launching “Media 2070,” an in-depth research essay and organizing hub that documents and analyzes the history of media harm. Alicia Bell from Free Press talks about the origins and goals of the project, how they plan to engage their communities, and how you can stay in touch.
How do you choose a video streaming service if your event is over 200 people and you need multiple breakout rooms? Martin Pratt will walk us through Zoom vs. StreamYard vs. Restream (and maybe a few others) and talk about which service may work best in what situation.
In July 2020 Scalawag announced the end of their print publication – a bittersweet decision that also opens new possibilities. Why did they make this decision, from an engagement and financial standpoint? How did they do it? And what engagement opportunities does this open up going forward?
DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) audits are one way to check how well your coverage and staff reflect the communities you serve. But how can you get started? Join Caroline Bauman and Bene Cipolla from Chalkbeat as they share why Chalkbeat decided to conduct a DEI audit, how they defined the scope of their first audit, what they’ve learned, and what’s next.
The Local Voices Network (LVN) supports resident volunteers to host mainly in-person civic conversations. With the pivot to digital, Max Resnik – Local Voices Network/Cortico and Parisa Parsa of Cortico share what they’ve learned about hosting meaningful small-group civic conversations on Zoom.
Tony Federico, technical director at KPCC/LAist, has been helping the newsroom pivot from in-person events to online events. He’s swamped (and may have to reschedule if Friday’s events demand it) but is happy to take questions from Gather about how they’re making it work. Based on what Ashley Alvarado says, Tony sounds like the guy the rest of us wish we had on hand to make our ideas happen.
In the third open COVID-19 chat hosted by Joy Mayer, participants discussed one process for virtual events, how higher-ups need to set the tone for supporting staff right now, how journalists are taking on responsibilities not traditionally part of the job, and more.
How can journalists who work with data and metrics help the rest of the newsroom learn from the insights gained? How can we turn numbers into stories that help journalists make decisions? In this special, hour-long video chat, hear from Jessica Lee Martin, Josh Awtry and Cory Brown about their experiences and bring your own ideas and questions.
In the second open COVID-19 chat hosted by Joy Mayer, participants discussed dealing with the Q&A firehose, creative ways to connect with and serve your communities, and more.
In the first open COVID-19 chat hosted by Joy Mayer, participants discussed best practices for reporting in a rapidly-changing situation, creative ways to rework standard coverage categories, pivoting from IRL engagement to virtual community engagement, and more.