Nerd Alert 83: Strange, Stranger, Strangest


What we're reading this week

  Adam: This week, an interesting experiment from KPCC using remarketing to convert readers to donors. Some privacy considerations here for sure, but the approach is interesting and it provides some helpful insights into reader/donor behavior.

  Ben: SSH is an amazing protocol, and there are so many things to do with it. (h/t Ryan Nagle)

  Gabe: Paul Blow has some fabulous illustrations for a Washington Post story on ageism and baby boomers.

  Jack: With 75 different newsletters, the Washington Post increased email-driven site traffic by 129 percent over the past year. As news consumption become more personal, and perhaps increasingly opt-in, the humble newsletter may be poised as the next big thing in home delivery.

  Julia: Consider using 18F’s design methods during your next big project. These method cards were the focus of one session at SRCCON, OpenNews’ hands-on journalism tech conference that wrapped up last week. For more from SRCCON, check out the session notes and live transcripts from the event.

  RC: WordPress 4.6 is just a few weeks away from being released. In addition to Shiny Updatesthat let you update plugins & themes without reloading the page, WordPress 4.6 will also detect broken links in the text editor.

  Inndy: Do you want this in binary?


Our newest team member

RCThis week we're excited to welcome RC Lations to the INN team. He joined us Monday as our new lead developer working on Largo and our other WordPress work. He lives in Portland, Maine and comes to us most recently from a marketing firm where he held roles as a developer, project manager, and product manager, focusing primarily on data-driven marketing programs and website performance metrics. Read more about him and say hello!


Work we admire by our journalism peers

This week WNYC announced that is was open-sourcing its Audiogram Generator, a social tool meant to provide podcasters, radio professionals, producers and audio makers an easy way to share their work across social platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

Also, the Online News Association released a WordPress plugin that they use to manage their conference schedule. Looks really promising if you have similar needs!


Come learn with us

September 28-29 - INN is hosting a two-day event for news leaders to discuss everything you need to know about managing technology and product design in your news organization. Travel stipends for INN members are available!


Good jobs with good people

INN is hiring a program director and an operations manager.

Texas Tribune is hiring a software engineer.

The Marshall Project is hiring a full stack Ruby developer.

And Mother Jones is hiring an advancement officer for their fundraising and membership work.


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Luke Miller's remix of the Stranger Things theme using a massive collection of vintage synths. ?

WATCH: A swarm of crabs is about as terrifying as it sounds.

EAT: An illustrated history of the Philly cheesesteak.

DRINK: 37 summer cocktails.