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What we're reading this week

  Adam: CJR wrote this week about our unhealthy addiction to technology and role the news media has played in fostering it. If you’re looking for solutions (and aren’t we all), maybe consider these design principles for calm technology.

  Ben: I ran into a weird bug with CSS3’s flexible box properties the other day, and found this lovelycrowdsourced list of flexbox rendering bugs and solutions. When has an *, this has the solution.

  Gabe: Design how you design - a guide to applying semantic versioning to the projects you’re working on.

  Jack: When I see a web page that loads slowly, I think what the heck? Sometimes it’s loaded down with advertising scripts, but often the culprit is images that weren’t optimized for the web. Let’s make our images work for everyone.

  Julia: The New York Times’ Olympic coverage this week had two great examples of data interactives that made their storytelling ultra personal for the user: Can You Beat Usain Bolt Out of the Blocks? and Olympic Races, in Your Neighborhood.

  RC: Automattic just launched, which features a number of stories about design and promises new content each week (beginning this week!).

  Inndy: Let me get the next round.


Our projects, manifest

Samantha Hankins, product designer with the Coral Project, and Julia Smith attending SRCCON 2016.

Last month INN's Lead Designer Julia Smith led a session at SRCCON 2016 on strengthening our community through remote mentorship and other forms of non-F2F communication. The discussion was framed around the idea of “office hours,” but it was meant to be a broader reimagining of what a relationship between individuals could look like. As more of us are doing remote work, it's increasingly important to build in ways to communicate as team members and grow as human beings.


Work we admire by our journalism peers

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INN member ProPublica held an intensive Data Institute in June on how to use data, design, and code for journalism. For those who couldn't attend they have now published all of the materials used to teach the workshop: slides, exercises, links, and homework. All materials are available for use under the sameCreative Commons license ProPublica uses for its website content.


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Good jobs with good people

INN is hiring a Program Director and an Operations Manager.

The Marshall Project is hiring a Web Producer.

NPR seeks a Scrum Master/Project Manager for Digital Media.

ProPublica has a position open for Engagement Reporter.

WNYC Studios is hiring a Social Media Producer.

Public Integrity has an opening for a News Application Developer/Data Journalist.


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Cello and piano doing Mozart and Michael Jackson.

WATCH: The Olympic Cup Toss (unofficial).

Cook: Chocolate Guinness Cake.

DRINK: Guinness Cocktails.

We'll always be here on guard.

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