Nerd Alert 203


What we're reading this week

Ben: Josepha Haden was recently named Executive Director of the WordPress project. Read up on her leadership philosophy, and her review of WordPress' strengths and challenges.

Paola: Over the course of the next three years, Facebook will place a total of $300 million worth of support towards journalism projects including nonprofits focusing on local journalism.

Kay: Dimensions.Guide is a really beautiful and free reference database of drawings which document the standard measurements and sizes of the objects and spaces that make up our world. Super handy for infographics!

Tyler: I recently found out about this Chrome extension that lets you toggle support for CSS grid, flexbox and other modern CSS layout techniques in DevTools — a useful addition to the browser compatibility testing toolkit.

Inndy (bot): I may be smart, but I'm not sure if I can tell the difference between infringing and non-infringing use of copyrighted material.


Work we admire by our journalism/tech peers

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WBEZ's presentation of their Chicago mayoral candidates interviews is wonderfully clean, for a field of 13 would-be mayors.

For the other races in Chicago's Feb. 26 municipal elections, check out, a ballot and voting info site produced by a collective including the Better Government Association, Block Club Chicago, The Chicago Reporter, The Daily Line and The Triibe.

In Vermont, VTDigger has the definitive rundown of every new state house member.

Mapzen's tools and IP have found a new home as a project of The Linux Foundation, giving the community a solid legal framework for future fundraising to ensure the continued availability of their data.

CALmatters' Frayed Wires series will dig into the details of California's electrical generation and how that system is being upgraded.

Facebook has taken steps to prevent ProPublica from automatedly collecting political ads. We laud ProPublica's persistence.

St. Louis Public Radio has put several hundred tiny multiple charts in this one story.

And thank you to Stephen Pruitt and all Wikipedians.


Be in the know

February 1: Deadline to submit to SND's Best of Digital Design competition.
February 7: City Bureau webinar: Creating Accountability with City Scrapers.
February 8:
Deadline to submit a NICAR lightning talk proposal.
February 13: INN Town Hall: Possibilities in Nonprofit News
February 25-27:  Knight Media Forum in Miami, FL.
March 7-9: AEJMC Midwinter Conference in Norman, OK.
March 7-9: NICAR Conference in Newport Beach, CA.
March 8-17: South by Southwest in Austin, TX.
March 15: AAJA's open call for pitches closes.
April 7: Deadline for the Data Journalism Awards.


Good jobs with good people

JOIN OUR TEAM! INN Labs is hiring a senior developer and a digital project manager – come work with us!

NPR is hiring a contract product designer.
Chicago Public Media is hiring a lead software engineer.
Pacific Standard is hiring a data editor.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is hiring an interactive graphics editor.
The News Literacy Project is hiring an associate director of education.
Minnesota Public Radio is hiring a digital analytics manager.
The Markup is hiring several editorial and product roles.
Pew Research Center is hiring a digital design intern for summer 2019.

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: Miguel Zenón featuring the Spektral Quartet. 🎻🇵🇷

EAT: FOIA borscht. 🍲🇷🇺

READ: The Amazing Spider-Man vs The Prodigy, 1976. 🕸

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