Nerd Alert 114: Enter At Your Own Risk


What we're reading this week

 Ben: "The more you let engagement metrics drive editorial, the more your site will look like a Taboola widget".

 Gabe: Some general tips for talking tech with non-tech people. Don’t assume anything and be ready to explain things in multiple ways, because people have different ways of understanding things.

 Julia: Check out the American Press Institute's report on how Americans decide what news to trust on social media.

 Kay: Uncovering forgotten stories in handwritten text: the Europeana Transcribe project is using crowdsourcing to transform over 200,000 items from WWI into digital data for journalists and historians.

 RC: Check out Foxhound, the first REST API-powered theme on

 Inndy: Boaty McBoatface embarks on its first tour of duty.


Do you have ideas about how to improve the flow of accurate information? Submit a proposal to the Knight Prototype Fund by April 3.

If you're considering pitching a session for SRCCON 2017, the deadline for proposals in April 7 at 11:59pm ET.


Listen up!

As we start to build the next version of Largo, we'd love to hear your ideas, suggestions, and feedback on what you'd like to see included and updated!

For the next two weeks, our Office Hours will feature Largo-specific ideas sessions. This is a great chance to shape our ideas and get that one feature you've always wanted in the next version! We'd love to hear your feedback, so make sure to join us on Friday, March 24 and Friday, March 31 from 2-3pm EST.

All are welcome!


Today's shout out goes to all the Capitol Hill reporters.


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Good jobs with good people

Maplight is hiring a Development Manager.

Searchlight New Mexico is hiring a Senior Data Journalist and Investigative Reporters.

Mother Jones has a Documentary Film Residency.

INN is hiring 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 Features Editor, Multimedia Editor, Immigration Reporter, Membership Manager, Communications and Development Associate.

The Lens is looking for an Environment Reporter.

Mother Jones is hiring for an Advertising Sales Assistant, Foreign Influence/National Security Reporter, Managing/Production Editor, News 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.

The Sunlight Foundation is hiring an Operations Manager.

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

The Tor Project is seeking a Communications Director.

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!


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Four New Gorillaz Tracks. ?

EAT: Roasted Asparagus Wrapped in Proscuitto.

DRINK: Elderfashion. ?

WATCH: German grocer Netto-Katzen's new ad.

A heart's a heavy burden.