Nerd Alert 81: From Ohio, With Love


What we're reading this week

  Adam: With the growing number of third-party platforms vying to be the primary place to publish your content, a word of caution and reminder that no platform is forever. Own your own stuff.

  Ben: Do you use vim? @vimgifs is full of tons of neat commands and tips, presented as gifs with keypresses. Not interested? Read this one Pokémon’s post about color spectra, names, models, spaces, lies, and blending.

  Gabe: The former Trump-Pence logo, but re-designed to align with a grid. Looks better, but still naughty.

  Jack: OK so video is cool and Facebook Live is a threat to cable TV news. Audiences are massively moving to digital, but according to the Reuters Institute it turns out that people worldwide still read most of their news.

  Julia: From the Tow Center for Digital Journalism, this Guide to Journalism and Design is a collection of case studies and interviews identifying best practices in the field.

  Inndy: Why walk when you can crawl?


This week's guest contributor

Our guest this week is Joellen Easton (@jo_in_la), a Product Manager at BDN Maine.

This one is a listen more than a read: Dan Blumberg, director of product at NYTimes, talks about his journey to product management from public radio, and how he thinks about product management in a news context. Dan challenges a lot of assumptions we make about how to help news consumers discover value in what we create and subsequently pay for it.

Want to be a guest contributor for a future edition of this newsletter? Learn how and shoot us an email at if you're interested. We'd love to hear from you!


See  you in Chicago!

We're excited to announce our first in-person tech and product training event for news leaders.

All INN members are invited to join us in Chicago September 28-29 to learn everything you need to know about managing technology and product development at your news organization. Hear from special guest speaker Rebekah Monson of The New Tropic, as well as tech and product staff from a number of INN member organizations and members of our own team here at INN.

It's a free event and we have some limited travel stipends available (thanks to Knight-Mozilla OpenNews). Registration is initially only open to INN members, but if we have space we'll open it up to other organizations before the event (watch this space).

More information, registration and a preliminary agenda for the event can be found on our website. Hope to see you there!


Work we admire by our journalism peers

NPR has released Carebot, a new analytics platform built to focus on a subset of stories with similar characteristics, and deliver meaningful numbers to  a team with a shared purpose. They share the thinking behind the project and have an open source slackbot implementationthat you can take for a test drive.

Also this week, the Vox Product team released a great accessibility checklist broken down by role so you can easily integrate accessibility checks into your design and development process.


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Good jobs with good people

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting is hiring an investigative reporter.

ProPublica is hiring a senior reporting fellow.

Hearken is looking for a sales account manager.

And our friends at Upstatement are accepting applications for design and technology apprentices.


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Car Talk gets punked by the government.

WATCH: The Warriors (1979). A film about a convention that goes hideously wrong, and the efforts one delegation takes to get home.

EAT: Pre-dunked donuts.

If at first you don't succeed.