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AIRsters Slack Community Guidelines

Welcome to the AIRsters Slack Channel

The AIRsters Community Slack is a virtual meeting space where the AIR community, including members and industry peers, share, engage and support one another through discussing audio making, public media, and storytelling. The AIRsters Slack follows the guidelines of the AIR Community Forums (formerly “AIRdaily”) and is moderated by AIR staff who know and love our industry. The AIR community is made up of freelance, independent and staff producers, journalists, podcasters, audio makers, storytellers, editors and more.

AIR's Values

At AIR, we aspire to cultivate a community of learning, mutual support and accountability. We are more powerful as creators when we connect with, learn from and collaborate with our peers.

We know that diversity, equity, and inclusion must be actively practiced, and this consistently guides our work. When we aren’t hearing from the whole community, we aren’t hearing the whole story. We believe that newsrooms and media organizations must reflect the communities they cover; we support and hold them accountable to create the conditions that allow diverse voices and nuanced storytelling to thrive.

We value creativity, innovation and experimentation that move the craft forward. We resource and make space for inventive approaches to multimedia storytelling. And we collaborate on technologies, tools and infrastructures to support and increase the sustainability of our growing audio community.

We invest resources in untold stories and underrepresented storytellers, and believe that high-quality reporting and storytelling are essential tools to sustain a civically engaged, democratic society.

We believe in fostering a professional community rooted in shared standards of fair practice, designed to establish a level playing field; fairly value the work of independent media makers; and enable equitable negotiations and meaningful collaborations throughout one’s career.

AIR Virtual Community Guidelines

Like the AIR Community Forums, the AIRsters Slack is a community gathering space for audio and media professionals across roles to support one another in building thriving careers. Collectively, we agree to make this a productive space to develop our ideas, share resources, and insights, and grow as audio professionals and industry peers. As we participate in this Slack community, we actively agree to the following guidelines: .

  • We agree to treat the community with respect and professionalism. Treat other community members with the same respect you’d want in return. Hostile, discriminatory, degrading or dismissive language will not be tolerated.
  • We agree to prioritize psychological and physical safety by refraining from using abusive language, engaging in oppressive behavior, or harassing fellow members.
  • We, as individuals and as a community, agree to be mindful of our own privileged backgrounds (such as wealth), our privileged identities (such as being white, male, cisgender, or heterosexual), and the privileges we have because of our positions at work (such as having power over someone’s job), and how these privileges will be brought into this space.
  • Upon joining the AIRsters Slack, introduce yourself in the #intros channel using the template pinned to the channel.
  • Keep your posts to questions and issues that are of interest to the audio producers, reporters, and engineers who make up our community. The AIRsters Slack is not a sale, promotion, or marketing tool. It’s fine to let others know what you’re working on, but please no sales pitches or repetitive offers, etc.
  • Please keep posts to a short paragraph. Any longer posts can be shared in a PDF or a Google Document. Alternatively, if you're posting about a number of items related to the audio community, consider using the "reply to thread" feature to post about each offering. 
  • If you post a job, grant, or fellowship opportunity to the #jobs slack channel, consider posting it to the Opportunities Board. Visit the Jobs and Trainings page to post your opportunity accordingly.
  • If you would like to join a private channel or request a new channel, please message a moderator (contact information below).

Members who fail to observe these guidelines will be reminded by the AIR staff. Repeat offenders, at AIR’s discretion, may be removed from forums. By joining the conversation on Slack, you agree to hold yourself accountable to the above guidelines.

If you're an AIR member and you'd like to join the AIRsters Slack, you can find the invite link here

If you require assistance or support, please contact our staff moderators: @Casper, [email protected] or @Erin McGregor, at [email protected]