The Mission

The mission: 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.

Who's Behind Gather

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



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

Alexandra Smith
growth editor at WhereBy.Us

Andrew Rockway
program director at the Jefferson Center

Ashley Alvarado
manager of public engagement at Southern California Public Radio

Ben DeJarnette
local director (Portland) at WhereBy.Us

Benjamin Rosen
social media editor at The Christian Science Monitor

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

Emily Olson
audience relations intern at NPR


Gracie McKenzie
social media editor at CityLab

Julia Haslanger
engagement consultant at Hearken

Lauren Katz
senior engagement manager at Vox 

Lori Shontz
journalism instructor at UO School of Journalism and Communication


Peggy Holman
co-founder of Journalism That Matters 

Simon Nyi
program manager for media and journalism at Illinois Humanities

Yve Susskind
owner / principal of Praxis Associates LLC

The steering committee also includes the seven members of our core working group:


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

Regina Lawrence
executive director of the Agora Journalism Center

Keegan Clements-Housser
curator / project manager & producer

Joy Mayer
community manager and engagement consultant

Riley Stevenson
content / case study editor

Justin Yuen
tech advisor and founder / president of FMYI