INN was founded in 2009 so we're still a pretty young organization but we've been growing rapidly and demand for our technology services has never been higher. The network now has over 100 members and of those over a quarter are using our hosting Project Largo WordPress platform. We're also starting to dip our toe into the news apps world by supporting member collaborations and soon also working directly with members on projects.
I've been really fortunate over the past year and a half I've been at INN to work with some great contractors and part-time help but today I'm really excited to welcome two new members to our team. Ryan Nagle is our first full-time hire on the team and he starts today as a news apps developer and Ben Keith joins later in the week as our summer technology intern.
Ryan Nagle joins INN this week as a news applications developer. Ryan comes to INN from the Chicago Tribune where since 2008 he participated in the development of news products like the Chicago Tribune, Vivelohoy and ChicagoNow. In addition, he contributed to news applications and story features like the Chicago Tribune’s Election Center, the Chicago Bond Debt series and others.
At INN, Ryan’s responsibilities include developing, deploying and supporting software for network members. His efforts focus on Project Largo — a responsive WordPress theme tailored for news organizations — and other open source tools to help members better present their journalism.
Ben Keith also joins the INN technology team this week as a summer intern after graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in agricultural communications and plant pathology. He'll also be pitching in on member projects, helping us improve our documentation and contributing to Largo. He joins INN after working as a reporter and associate webmaster for The Lantern, the student-run newspaper of The Ohio State University where he helped them with a redesign and migration to WordPress and also built tools to improve publishing workflow. You can find Ben on Twitter or on GitHub.