We’re thrilled to share that El Tímpano was announced the winner of the Online News Association’s 2021 Gather Award for Engaged Journalism for our community-powered coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Online Journalism Awards are among the most distinguished prizes in journalism, judged by peers from leading news outlets around the world. The Gather Award honors journalism that centers community information needs and voices in the process.

We couldn’t be more proud to receive this honor, and we congratulate the other winners and finalists in this category: The Marshall Project, ProPublica with Anchorage Daily News, The New York Times, and Arizona Star with ProPublica.

Click here to learn more about our winning entry.

Thank you to all in our community who participate in and support our journalism to make this win possible. We share this award with you!

This is the second award El Tímpano has won this year, after the 2021 Media Innovation Award from Ethnic Media Services. 

Madeleine Bair is an award-winning journalist and media developer, and the founder of El Tímpano. Madeleine has been carrying a microphone in her backpack since she belonged to the Oakland bureau of the Peabody Award-winning youth media organization, Children’s Express. As Senior Program Manager at the international nonprofit, WITNESS, she led a pioneering initiative dedicated to advancing the use of citizen video as a tool for human rights. Madeleine has taught radio production to young adults, worked on a morning show at Chicago Public Radio, and produced multimedia for Human Rights Watch. Her stories have appeared in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, Colorlines, and Orion, and broadcast on PRI’s The World and Independent Lens. She lives with her partner and son in Oakland, where she spends her free time making mixtapes, dancing cumbia, and exploring the region on bike.