It’s time to bid adieu.
In the time #wjchat has been around, we’ve made friends, colleagues, propped each other other during hard times and celebrated each other’s success.
This was a community of misfits, data geeks, reporters who loved to tweet, students who were intrigued by the idea of the web and veterans who knew there was a opportunity ahead of us. We came together for more than seven years once a week. It’s been less often in the past year.
Our editors told us to never bury the lede, so here it is: #wjchat is ending.
We’ve decided it’s time to hang up our hats as a Twitter chat.
We love you. We appreciate you. We will forever be indebted to you.
We will also never forget the team of volunteers that helped us run #wjchat for so many years — some helped for a few months, some have helped for the majority of our existence.
We will continue as an idea and a community that will exist regardless of whether we have a scheduled chat or not, so this is not goodbye this is an evolution of what we are, much like digital journalism has grown, evolved and changed, we will, too.
We couldn’t miss an opportunity to throw one last party, so this week’s chat is an ode to this amazing weekly miracle and many of the original crew and cofounders will stop by.
Aw, hell, let’s throw two parties. If you’re at ONA, join us for a shindig to celebrate what’s yet to come for all of us and for the community of online journalism.