Nerd Alert 101: What does a thesaurus eat for breakfast?


What we're pondering this week.

  Adam: ...will be back next week! ?

  BenToday, we use software to draw maps. In days of yore, though, it required a number of specialized, shiny, mechanical implements, a number of which have been photographed by the CIA and posted on Flickr for your viewing pleasure.

  Gabe: Behance’s Year in Review is a beautiful compendium of exemplary illustration, photography, and design work in 2016.

  Julia: After experimenting with 24 different data visualization tools to chart a single dataset, Lisa Charlotte Rost shared her findings to help you choose the right tech for your needs.

  RC: Freedom of the Press Foundation has released Secure The News, their automated tool to track adoption of HTTPS website encryption by news organizations.

  Inndy: Never trust a caroling robot.


Work we admire by our journalism peers

Muckrock – the collaborative news site that allows you to file, track, and share public records requests – recently went open source in order to help more people take advantage of our right to public records.

From Muckrock: "Our hope is that you’ll find new and useful ways to extend our work, whether you’re a newsroom standing up an internal FOIA tracker or maybe even a government agency looking for a better way to intake and process records requests."

Their site is available on GitHub.


Good jobs with good people

Mississippi Today is hiring a web developer and designer.

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for a news apps developer and data journalist.

The Texas Tribune is accepting applications for a data visuals developer.

INN is hiring a support and community lead.

If you're looking for general jobs in nonprofit news, the main INN newsletter had more than 16 job openings this week. Check it out and sign up here to get it in your inbox every Tuesday. Two INN newsletters are better than one!


Gather ye rosebuds

READ: Anything from this speculative narratives reading list.

LISTEN: A classical mixtape for times such as these.

EAT: Crème Brûlée French Toast – a rich twist on a classic.

DRINK: Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate. ☕

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