Nerd Alert 111: Origami for News Nerds


What we're reading this week

Ben: Ever wondered what a website was like in the past? Then take a look at Waybackpack, a command-line tool that lets you download the entire Wayback Machine archive for a given URL.

Gabe: This in-depth analysis of push notifications from 12 different news sites will get you thinking about how language and context frame the narratives constructed by media outlets. An important read in these times.

 Julia: OpenNews released the results of their first community survey. Check out these charts and learn more about who news nerds are, how we work, and the challenges we face.

 Kay: How do you get college students interested in a traditional newspaper? That’s what the Raleigh News & Observer is aiming to figure out with their 100% online College Town.

 RC: Check out the pre-reading list for last weekend’s Misinfocon in Boston:

  1. Fake news. It’s complicated: To understand the misinformation ecosystem, here's a breakdown of the types of fake content, content creators motivations and how it's being disseminated
  2. The distributed denial of democracy: Coming together to address anti-democratic trolling and disinformation online
  3. Persuading Algorithms with an AI Nudge: Fact-Checking Can Reduce the Spread of Unreliable News. It Can Also Do the Opposite

 Inndy: A drone made out of mushrooms? Yep! This new humanitarian aid tech is built to save lives and then dissolve within days.


Work we admire by our journalism peers

SND Design Competition

Congratulations to the recent winners of the Society for News Design's Best of Digital Design Competition! We're especially proud of our work with the Chicago Reporter, which received an Award of Excellence for #SettlingForMisconduct.


Good jobs with good people

INN is hiring a Grant Officer & Writer and a Director of  INN Labs.

The Center for Public Integrity is hiring a News Application Developer/Data Journalist.

The Marshall Project is hiring for a Multimedia Editor, an Immigration Reporter, a Membership Manager and Communications and Development Associate.

The Lens is looking for an Environment Reporter.

Mother Jones is hiring for a Facilities Manager, a Managing/Production editor and for a Mother Jones Documentary Film Residency.

ProPublica has a bunch of job openings for their new Illinois office.

NPR Visuals is hiring a Summer Intern.

VTDigger is hiring a Chief Innovation Officer and a Social Media / Community Editor.

The Better Government Association (BGA) seeks a Development Assistant, a Board Liaison & Development Associate, and has Internships available.

Reveal is hiring an Investigations Editor.

The Sunlight Foundation is hiring an Operations Manager.

Mississippi Today is hiring a Product/Web Designer and Developer.

Chicago Public Media is hiring a Developer.

The Tor Project is seeking a Communications Director.

Vox Media’s Storytelling Studio is looking for a Front-End Designer.

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


Our work

This week, the INN Nerds created not one, but two new WordPress plugins:
No Nonsense Google Analytics & Client Hosting Manager

New updates and additional documentation were also released for our Pym Shortcode plugin. ?


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Stay in the know

Julia and Ben are in Jacksonville, FL for NICAR through Sunday, March 5th. Are you there too? Make sure to say 'Hello!'

The deadline for INN Emerging Leaders Council nominations is March 15.

April 7th is the deadline for the Data Journalism Awards 2017 competition.

SRCCON: Propose your session starting March 22 and get in the 2017 ticket lottery starting April 26.


Gather ye rosebuds

Tank and the Bangas ?

WATCH: Pick a politician, watch them get yelled at.

EAT: The new essentials of French cooking.

DRINK: When food waste becomes beer.

Dare to be creative!