Nerd Alert 80: Not a Hot Take on Pokémon Go and the Future of News


What we're reading this week

  Adam: Want to start a newsletter? Read this first.

  Ben: This is a few months old, but a new spaceship has been discovered in Conway’s Game of Life. Conway’s game has been around for decades, and people are still finding novel things in it.

  Gabe: The horrifyingly labor-intensive – but beautiful – craft of creating a new Chinese typeface.

  Jack: Amidst lots of gloomy talk about the decline of local news, might we be missing how it’s being resurrected through innovation? Local Media Consortium’s Rusty Coates says the gloom comes from the perspective of what local news was, rather than what it’s becoming.

  Julia: The Bits Are Rotting in the State of Data Journalism: How can we better maintain and archive interactive projects as sites undergo redesigns and front-end standards evolve?

  Inndy: Bot brews are the best brews.


Work we admire by our journalism peers

The Texas Tribune and Reveal published a joint investigation identifying at least 140 border officials who were arrested or convicted for acts of corruption. The app nicely integrates narrative storytelling with data visualization.


So long, Hangouts

We’re moving our weekly office hours to Zoom. Party with us every Friday from from 2-3 p.m. ET.


Good jobs with good people

The Miami Herald is hiring a digital news developer to help create interactive storytelling experiences.

PRX is looking for a software engineer who has experience with Ruby on Rails and Angular.

American Public Media is hiring a director for their podcasts and national cultural radio programs.

PRI is hiring a data journalist to produce both quick-turn visuals and long-term data projects.

The Marshall Project is looking for a new director of technology to manage infrastructure, vendors, monitoring, and deployment.


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Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Last week Sir Patrick Stewart sang cowboy classics. Today, we remind you that the late Sir Christopher Lee made heavy metal Christmas albums.

EAT: Delve into the pleasures of diner butter.

DRINK: These "evolving" Pokémon cocktails will get you in the spirit for the next Pokémon Go pub crawl near you.

WATCH: Twitch Plays Pokémon Go.

Hop on the bandwagon.