What’s next for #wjchat? Tell us.

Hello, #wjchat-ers!

We need your help. We’re turning to our community and practicing what we’ve preached over the years about engagement to determine how to best serve our #wjchat community.

For more than six years, a small team of volunteers from the world of digital journalism have exchanged emails and worked in shared planning documents with guests of all types, prepping for Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

The last episode started similar to the preceding 348:

Last week, the #wjchat team took the week off for only the third time ever, but not before retweeting a question I’d suggest we ask all of you:

We’d already been talking about how to proceed for (at least) the last two months. While there’s a belief among the #wjchat planning crew that we should continue, there’s some question as to how we proceed.

  • Do we find more volunteers to lessen the load of planning?
  • Do we reduce the frequency of the chat to monthly (or every other week)?
  • Do we investigate a more robust platform for community like Imzy, Slack, Ryver, or a Facebook group where the chats could continue well beyond 90 minutes?
  • Are there other options to consider?
  • Do we just clean up our archives and make them available to all while recognizing the chat may have run its course?

We’d like to hear from you. Actually, we need to hear from you. Any suggestions, comments, concerns, etc., would be welcome and helpful as we determine how to move forward.

I’ve always said how thankful I am for all of you and for the sense of community this hashtag has enabled. The conversations, debates, and advice is as helpful and enjoyable as the in-person conversations and phone calls. I look forward to hearing from some of you as we figure out what to do next.

Comment here, reply to the tweet above using the #wjchat hashtag, or reach out to any of the folks you may know on the planning crew.

Thanks (as always), #wjchat-ers!



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