Nerd Alert 96: Steve Zissou Gets Broadband


What we're reading this week.

  Adam: As we start the process of redesigning Largo, I’ve been reading a lot about BEM (block element modifier) CSS patterns to bring more structure to our markup and styles. This post has some great tips regarding common BEM gotchas and how to avoid them.

  Ben: Are you voting in the US general election? Read up on ProPublica’s Electionland project and how you can participate, and then send them a text after you’ve voted. Are you covering the US general election? Become an Electionland partner!

  Gabe: What’s the difference between product and marketing illustrations? Marketing illustrations are meant to excite and captify your audience, while product illustrations are for making information more easily digestible.

  Julia: The Coral Project and Bocoup teamed up to build an open-source, embeddable election interactive that allows news organizations to capture their readers’ emotions surrounding Tuesday’s election.

  RC:  The forthcoming release of WordPress 4.7 will extend support for custom page templates to all post types (including custom ones) and add support for video headers in themes. Hooray!

  Inndy: Coming to a underwater habitat near you! The Ocean's Robots May Soon Enjoy High-Speed Internet.


Our projects, manifest

This was a busy week for us!

You can read all the details on our blog,
but here's a quick summary of what we launched:

Largo 0.5.5 Released
This is a big release that we've been working on for the past nine months or so, and it includes a lot of new features we think you'll love – as well as a bunch of smaller improvements and bug fixes. Learn more about features and improvements in our release announcement.

Mississippi Today Redesign
Mississippi Today has a brand new design and logo, and Gabe put together a writeup on the header redesign process for the site.

City Limits ZoneIn Series
City Limits is providing special coverage for NYC Mayor de Blasio's rezoning project across the city with a newly launched series titled ZoneIn: The Future of NYC Neighborhoods.

Kinsey Confidential
Earlier this week we also launched a new website for Kinsey Confidential, a project of the Kinsey Institute and School of Public Health at Indiana University.

One more Largo site launched this week, The Observatory. This is a project at the University of Wisconsin journalism school that is teaching students how to improve their fact-checking while also developing a statewide resource to hold those in power accountable.

If you'd like to work with us on improvements to your website or any other project you're planning, get in touch.


Work we admire by our journalism peers

Shout out to all you news nerds working this election. You’ve done great stuff, you’re doing great stuff, and you’re going to survive election night. Remember to take stretch breaks.


Good jobs with good people

INN is hiring a Support and Community Lead.

If you're looking for general jobs in nonprofit news, the main INN newsletter had over 30 job openings this week. Check it out and sign up here if you'd like to get that in your inbox every week. Receiving two newsletters from INN is twice as good as one!


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Check out the first two songs from the to-be-released Hamilton Mixtape ?

WATCH: The New York Public Library’s Book train

EAT: Avocado Chorizo Toast

DRINK: Mexican Tricycle