Nerd Alert 204


What we're reading this week

Tyler: Things are getting weird in 2019, according to the Next Web's latest roundup of web design trends.

Kay: Are you giving your readers more than 4 options for a membership, as donation levels or for other important conversion points? If so, you might want to re-think it! Learn more about how people make decisions.

Ben: If you want to build a national org to compile police department data, talk to Steven Rich at NICAR. If you just want to download all the books that entered the public domain in 2019, Motherboard has a neat list of lists.

Paola: What are the fundraising trends for 2019?

🤖 Inndy: How exciting that so many of my robot cousins had Super Bowl ads this year!


Work we admire by our journalism/tech peers

The Trace's investigation into theft of guns from stores has some really cool maps.

ProPublica's rendition of the USS Fitzgerald's crash is beautiful and well-written. We're eagerly awaiting photos of the 1:700 scale model of the ship described in the "how we made it" article.

Capital Public Radio presents 140 years of California wildfires on this interactive map.


Be in the know

Today: Deadline to submit a NICAR lightning talk proposal.
February 13: INN Town Hall: Possibilities in Nonprofit News.
February 14: The next biweekly Source Community Call.
February 20: Deadline to apply to the next Join the Beat community of practice for beat reporters interested in audience engagement.
February 21:
WordPress 5.1 planned release date.
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.
April 10: Deadline to apply for the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism.


Good jobs with good people

American Public Media is hiring a digital analytics manager.
Colorado Public Radio is hiring a web developer.
PBS NewsHour is hiring a senior UX designer.
The Texas Tribune is hiring a visuals team developer/designer.
Northeastern University is hiring a data visualization designer and a front-end web developer.
SCPR's Resound project is hiring software engineers in Pasadena, CA and Boston, MA.
NPR is hiring a contract product designer.
Chicago Public Media is hiring a lead software engineer.
The Markup is hiring several editorial and product roles.

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: Conlon Nancarrow, black MIDI and irrational music. 🎹

DRINK: Real hot chocolate. ☕️

READ: Dorothy Butler Gilliam at the Washington Post. 📝

Tomorrow is Chocolate Day!