Nerd Alert 108: Feeling Burned Out?


What we're reading this week

Adam: 58957.

Ben: From MuckRock executive editor JPat Brown, some amusing anecdotes and a whole lot of tips about FOIA.

Gabe: Jackie Lay is an illustrator and designer who’s done fantastic video animations for The Atlantic. She interprets spoken word with humor, grace, and originality. Check out her videos about Caitlyn Jenner, the origin of dogs, and Notorious R.B.G.

 Julia: An important question these days: How do we design the news for people who are burned out?

 Kay: These drone journalism camps will give you the hands-on experience necessary to pass the FAA exam and also include important sessions on the ethics and law of using drones for journalism.

 RC: Creative Commons has released a new search tool to help you find open licensed images from across the web.

 Inndy: Cassie the Bipedal Ostrich Bot.


Work we admire by our journalism peers


OpenNews has gone independent.


Good jobs with good people

INN is hiring a Grant Officer & Writer.

Chalkbeat is hiring an executive editor and a national reporter.

The Tor Project is hiring a Communications Director.

The Texas Tribune is hiring a software engineer.

ProPublica is hiring a web producer, a product developer and a number of other positions.

KPCC is hiring an audience insights and development manager.

The American Press Institute is hiring a reader revenue program manager.

The Pew Research Center is hiring a research analyst on its journalism and media research team.

The Trust Project is hiring a project manager.

The UK Local Data Lab is hiring its first two team members.

The Internet Archive is hiring for a number of positions, including a head of digitization.

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


Our work

This week we launched a Largo-powered redesign for Fresh Energy, a Minnesota nonprofit dedicated to shaping policies for a clean energy economy.


This week's guest contributor

Katie Methe (@katiemethe) is a technology problem solver, digital strategist and a Senior Team Lead @10up.

I enjoy reading articles from Post Status, which is dedicated to informing WordPress professionals and enthusiasts about the industry. In particular, here's some New Year's Resolutions for WordPress Developers.

You too can be a guest contributor! Read more about that here and shoot us an email at if you're interested. We'd love to hear from you.


Listen up!

We’ve made some changes to our Support Process. (Plus, check out our cool new Largo site!)

And in team news, the one-and-only Adam is leaving INN to go be awesome at Mother Jones, and Julia is taking the helm here. Stay tuned for more updates next week – but don’t worry, Nerd Alert is sticking around for good.


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: 99 Red Balloons with Red Balloons.

WATCH: The Birth and Death of JavaScript.

EAT: Caramelized-Honey Brûlée. For now, for Valentine’s day, for always.

DRINK: Lord Nibbler, a Cocktail with IPA syrup, Bourbon, and Campari.

Until next time...