Meet the Team: Kay Lima, Support & Community Lead

Photo credit: Laura Bertocci

In Part 2 of our "Meet the Team" series, we'll get to know Kay Lima, our Support & Community Lead.

Kay joined the team in January of this year to support our members and clients, helping them make the best possible use of the tools we build – and she's been a driving force ever since. Not only does she own our support process and evangelize our work, but she's spearheaded internal operational improvements, is a fierce project manager, and she's really brought the team together by introducing us to all sorts of team-building techniques.

More from Kay, in her own words:

Where are you from?

Originally from MA, now living in sunny Denver, CO.

How would you describe what you do?

My official title is Support & Community Lead; I oversee the support, documentation and training for Largo and the plugins we maintain, provide Google Analytics, AdWords, and SEO consulting, some front-end development and also manage website projects.

What's your favorite part of your job?

Helping our incredible members and working with such a fantastic team!

What are some noteworthy projects you've worked on at INN?

So far, I've revamped our support Help Desk (support.largoproject.org) and our project management process, presented a webinar on Google AdWords and Ad Grants, and have directly helped 60 different members with ongoing support.

Where do you get your news?

TheSkimm, Alexa flash briefings, NPR, Vice News/Viceland, NYTimes (the Sunday paper edition), Snapchat, and Twitter.

Who or what inspires you?

Tony Hsieh (for team culture and customer service), April Bloomfield (general awesomeness), girls who code (and their inspiring projects) and my wonderful mother.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I'm really proud of graduating from a rigorous full-stack bootcamp focusing on JavaScript and PHP-based stacks.

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I love hiking, running, and skateboarding with my husband and our dog. You can also find me at a craft brewery or cafe, local tech meetup, farmers market, or working on a personal coding or brush lettering project.

What's your favorite part of working remotely?

Working with my dog!

What's your favorite kind of pie?

Chess.

What's your personality type?

INFJ.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

A Midas touch of sorts, except instead of turning what I touch to gold, it would instantly solve problems and eliminate suffering.

What's your favorite album?

This is really hard... A three-way tie between: Fugazi - The Argument, The Clash - Combat Rock and Verdi's La Traviata recorded at the Met with Pavarotti and Studer, conducted by James Levine.

Favorite place you've traveled to?

Sicily. What an incredibly wild and beautiful place! I spent time there (and elsewhere in Italy) working on organic farms and eating... lots of eating.

Are you a dog or cat person?

Definitely a dog person. 🙂

Most recently used gif:

And lastly, describe yourself in 5 emojis or less:

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Nerd Alert 101: What does a thesaurus eat for breakfast?

HOT LINKS

What we're pondering this week.

  Adam: ...will be back next week! ?

  BenToday, we use software to draw maps. In days of yore, though, it required a number of specialized, shiny, mechanical implements, a number of which have been photographed by the CIA and posted on Flickr for your viewing pleasure.

  Gabe: Behance’s Year in Review is a beautiful compendium of exemplary illustration, photography, and design work in 2016.

  Julia: After experimenting with 24 different data visualization tools to chart a single dataset, Lisa Charlotte Rost shared her findings to help you choose the right tech for your needs.

  RC: Freedom of the Press Foundation has released Secure The News, their automated tool to track adoption of HTTPS website encryption by news organizations.

  Inndy: Never trust a caroling robot.


SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

Muckrock – the collaborative news site that allows you to file, track, and share public records requests – recently went open source in order to help more people take advantage of our right to public records.

From Muckrock: "Our hope is that you’ll find new and useful ways to extend our work, whether you’re a newsroom standing up an internal FOIA tracker or maybe even a government agency looking for a better way to intake and process records requests."

Their site is available on GitHub.


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

Mississippi Today is hiring a web developer and designer.

The Center for Public Integrity is looking for a news apps developer and data journalist.

The Texas Tribune is accepting applications for a data visuals developer.

INN is hiring a support and community lead.

If you're looking for general jobs in nonprofit news, the main INN newsletter had more than 16 job openings this week. Check it out and sign up here to get it in your inbox every Tuesday. Two INN newsletters are better than one!


SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

READ: Anything from this speculative narratives reading list.

LISTEN: A classical mixtape for times such as these.

EAT: Crème Brûlée French Toast – a rich twist on a classic.

DRINK: Homemade Mexican Hot Chocolate. ☕


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Nerd Alert 99: One, two, skip a few…

HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week.

  Adam: Rekha Murthy proposes a framework for how public media should conduct journalism in the age of Donald Trump. Worth a read even if you’re not in public media, as independent nonprofit news organizations puzzle through many of the same questions.

  Ben: WordCamp US is happening today and this weekend. Not everyone can make it, so they’re streaming the sessions live. You do need to register to watch the streams, but the cost of admission is only your email address.

  Gabe: Check out this fabulous list of UI inspiration specifically for news sites. You’ll find nifty transitions, beautiful layouts, and clean interfaces. Like what you see? We’d love to help.

  Julia: AllSides lets you peruse daily news from Left, Right, and Center.

  RC: Check out The Economist’s work from the Trust Project hackathon this past week in London.

  Inndy: Remembering Robert the Robot, America's original toy robot sensation.


WE MADE A THING

Our projects, manifest

RC made a trip across the pond to participate in a hack event organized by The Trust Project in London earlier this week. The goal was to create tools that can help news organizations meet eight "trust factors" that consumers have identified as important in judging what to believe. RC worked with some folks from the BBC to develop a WordPress plugin that makes it easy to correlate reporters' topical expertise with story topics, such that contextual reporter bios can be displayed with related stories. Stayed tuned next week for the plugin release!


SHOUT OUTS

Work we admire by our journalism peers

Kudos to ProPublica for their continuing coverage of hate crimes – who commits them, where they happen, and who should be tracking them.


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

INN is hiring a Support and Community Lead.

KERA is looking for a Digital Designer-Developer.

Oregon Public Broadcasting is looking for a Senior Digital Platform Developer.

If you're looking for general jobs in nonprofit news, the main INN newsletter had 18 job openings this week. Check it out and sign up here if you'd like to get that in your inbox every week. Receiving two newsletters from INN is twice as good as one!


SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Faster and faster and faster and faster and...

WATCH: Irish taste-testers test-taste American burgers.

EAT: Roasted honey sriracha brussels sprouts. Verified delicious.

DRINK: Apple cider mimosas. Everything's better with champagne.


Let's all take a break from our screens for a moment, shall we?

In Review: SRCCON 2016

Samantha Hankins, product designer with the Coral Project, and Julia Smith at SRCCON 2016.
Samantha Hankins, product designer with the Coral Project, and Julia Smith attending SRCCON 2016.

It's been a good summer for journalism conferences. This is the first of some session reviews and resource roundups from these events.

SRCCON 2016, OpenNews’ third annual gathering of newsroom technologists and data journalists, was held in Portland during the last week of July. This was my second time attending the event, which is organized as a hands-on unconference. Sessions tend to be conversational and participatory, with lots of brainstorming, wireframing, and knowledge-sharing. And although most participants are tech savvy, many sessions are more about people than code – focusing on newsroom culture and processes rather than technical tips and tricks.

The following are a few of the sessions I especially enjoyed.

Covering police shootings (and other events) when the data is terrible

Steven Rich and Aaron Williams facilitated this session about the Washington Post’s methods for gathering their own data on U.S. police shootings. Since the government dataset on the topic is so incomplete, the Post had do all the legwork themselves – from tracking down local news sources and police records to building its own database and Django admin panel to manage each incident and track its fact checking status. This piece is the public-facing result of their efforts.

It was really great to get a glimpse behind the scenes into their process for collecting and cataloging this data. They’ve gathered a great deal of information that the public doesn’t get to see, and it was interesting to learn just how manual the process is – individual reporters calling every police department and victims’ families to verify information, etc.

The session ended with a question about maintainability: Will the Post be able to continue collecting this data this rigorously for years to come? This is a really important question in data reporting. When information is collected for a specific investigation or a particular report, what happens to the process after the original story is published? Can newsrooms afford to continue dedicating resources to maintaining ongoing data collection? How much should newsrooms be accountable for collecting this information – shouldn’t this be the government’s responsibility?

Designing brands at scale

This was a fun one. Vox Media’s Georgia Cowley and Josh Laincz facilitated this session, which was all about redesigning a brand from concept to completion. The first activity was a case study on Vox’s rebrand for Curbed, a site dedicated to place – homes, neighborhoods, and cities. They explained how the redesign process started with a concept, “creating spaces,” which evolved into a metaphor, “a room,” which then morphed into the abstract design elements of Curbed’s brand:

curbed
The header graphic from Curbed.com

Flat geometric shapes angled in such a way to evoke walls and corners and shadow.

Georgia and Josh guided the group through one more case study on the design system used to develop the brand for the 1968 Olympics.

For the rest of the session, the participants split into groups and created our own concepts for a theoretical “Summer Olympics in Portland” using the scalable design methods in discussion.

Accessibility in media

Accessibility is a topic I love to see covered, so I was excited to find a packed room for this session facilitated by John Burn-Murdoch and Joanna Kao of the Financial Times. We discussed the considerations and challenges we all encounter while striving to create accessible news products – and we looked at these topics not only from a developer’s standpoint, but also from the lens of designers, product managers, and social media specialists. It was one of the more productive sessions, and the facilitators prepared a great tip sheet on the subject. Also check out the notes and live transcript from the session.

(And for more tips on building accessible and mobile-friendly interactives, take a look at my Data Viz for All resources, originally compiled for SRCCON 2015.)

What ideas can we borrow from the design world to solve news design problems?

This session led participants through a few of 18F’s design methods and illustrated how they can help solve different types of news product and project management problems. The session touched on three different areas in journalism tech – product development, editorial projects, and internal tools and operations. Participants chose one of those three areas and then completed a modified feature dot-voting exercise as we discussed the common problems we face while working on these projects. The outcome of that exercise was recorded in the session notes.

Give and Receive: Can we strengthen our community through remote mentorship and office hours?

I led this session, which was focused on brainstorming ways to better facilitate connections between current members of the journalism-tech community and individuals who may not have the consistent access to the wider network. The discussion was framed around the idea of “office hours,” but it was meant to be a broader reimagining of what that a relationship between individuals could look like.

The idea for this conversation came out of this year’s SNDMakes event in San Francisco, where my team tackled a similar question and developed a prototype that would pair individuals for online video feedback sessions. The thought process behind the prototype was very interesting to me, and I was really curious what other news nerds might dream up given the same parameters.

The session started with a roundtable discussion about different users’ needs when it comes to staying connected with the community – the needs of the person who might want help or feedback, and the needs of the person providing it – and then the second half of the session was a design exercise to create an ideal workflow that would meet those needs.

The whiteboard
The whiteboard

An interesting idea born from one group’s design exercise was a slackbot that solves “the pin-drop problem” – where someone may want to ask a question or get feedback about something, but they don’t want to interrupt anyone else or potentially ask a “dumb” question in front of multiple people. So this slackbot would take an anonymized question and add it to a queue of questions to be released only during a specified office hour, which is when the host would answer. The group liked that this concept would allow you to ask the question at the moment you’re stuck instead of during the office hour (when it’s easy to forget what you hoped to ask).

I thought the session went pretty well, as a whole, thanks to all the participants!

And the same could be said for SRCCON in general – OpenNews does a truly fantastic job creating an engaging and inclusive event, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of it.

Nerd Alert 80: Not a Hot Take on Pokémon Go and the Future of News

HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Adam: Want to start a newsletter? Read this first.

  Ben: This is a few months old, but a new spaceship has been discovered in Conway’s Game of Life. Conway’s game has been around for decades, and people are still finding novel things in it.

  Gabe: The horrifyingly labor-intensive – but beautiful – craft of creating a new Chinese typeface.

  Jack: Amidst lots of gloomy talk about the decline of local news, might we be missing how it’s being resurrected through innovation? Local Media Consortium’s Rusty Coates says the gloom comes from the perspective of what local news was, rather than what it’s becoming.

  Julia: The Bits Are Rotting in the State of Data Journalism: How can we better maintain and archive interactive projects as sites undergo redesigns and front-end standards evolve?

  Inndy: Bot brews are the best brews.


SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

The Texas Tribune and Reveal published a joint investigation identifying at least 140 border officials who were arrested or convicted for acts of corruption. The app nicely integrates narrative storytelling with data visualization.


WE CHANGED A THING

So long, Hangouts

We’re moving our weekly office hours to Zoom. Party with us every Friday from from 2-3 p.m. ET.


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

The Miami Herald is hiring a digital news developer to help create interactive storytelling experiences.

PRX is looking for a software engineer who has experience with Ruby on Rails and Angular.

American Public Media is hiring a director for their podcasts and national cultural radio programs.

PRI is hiring a data journalist to produce both quick-turn visuals and long-term data projects.

The Marshall Project is looking for a new director of technology to manage infrastructure, vendors, monitoring, and deployment.


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SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Last week Sir Patrick Stewart sang cowboy classics. Today, we remind you that the late Sir Christopher Lee made heavy metal Christmas albums.

EAT: Delve into the pleasures of diner butter.

DRINK: These "evolving" Pokémon cocktails will get you in the spirit for the next Pokémon Go pub crawl near you.

WATCH: Twitch Plays Pokémon Go.


Hop on the bandwagon.

Nerd Alert 78: Platforms. Publishers. Pupcakes.

HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Adam: Facebook this week announced yet another set of changes to further devalue content posted by publishers. With the increasing importance of third-party platforms in publishers’ content and revenue strategy, Mark Armstrong has a list of things to consider when platforms show up with money, and Sarah Lacy argues publishers need to own their own audience and destiny.

  BenIf you want to break an experiment, keep reading. There’s a billboard company in Utah that’s testing the efficacy of billboards by asking Utahns who the 9th president was.

  Gabe: Editorial cartoonists play an important role in American political discourse. How are social media and the increase in Internet vitriol affecting this form of journalism?

  JackThe modern tech industry has gifted us with some amazing opportunities and affordances. This includes, says Pinboard founder Maciej Cegłowski, “the greatest surveillance apparatus the world has ever seen.” Some food for thought about our work as technologists.

  Julia: For the niche subset of nerds who appreciate both typography and science fiction, check out Typeset in the Future – the blog dedicated to type in classic sci-fi films. The writing is hilarious.

  Inndy: Look at this robot salamander.


SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

NPR built an interactive that lets you try to predict who will win the presidential election by adjusting margin of victory and turnout percentage for different voter demographics.

ProPublica’s new map lets you find the percentage of doctors at your local hospital who take payments from drug and medical device companies.


WE MADE A THING

Our projects, manifest

We're happy to introduce Version 1.6 of the NPR Story API WordPress plugin, a collection of tools for reusing content from NPR.org.

The Nerds partnered with NPR Digital Services to develop the latest release of the plugin, which provides access to audio, articles, images and other content from NPR and NPR member stations, dating back to 1995. The archive consists of over 250,000 stories grouped into more than 5,000 different aggregations – now at your fingertips thanks to our handy plugin.

NPR Story API is available for download from the WordPress Plugin Directory.


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

INN is still accepting applications for a senior WordPress developerJoin our team!

The Online News Association is looking for a new executive director.

The Global Investigative Journalism Network is hiring a research director.

Pew Research is looking for a software product manager.

St. Louis Public Radio has a handful of internship opportunities.


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Please consider supporting this newsletter with a donation to INN.

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Read about that here and shoot us an email if you're interested. We'd love to hear from you.

Thanks much!


SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

READ: Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet and discuss it with us during News Nerd Book Club on July 13.

EAT: These pupcakes (puppy + cupcakes) and pandonuts (panda + donuts) might be too cute to consume.

WATCH: Twinkie the Terrier pops 100 balloons in less than 40 seconds, like a boss.

PRINT: Deck your walls with NASA's Mars: Explorers Wanted poster series.


Practice makes perfect – never give up your dreams!

Nerd Alert 77: DDJ FTW

HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Adam: For five years now, OpenNews has been working to support folks working in journalism and technology. Take a few minutes to fill out this survey and help them plan their future. And (because who doesn’t love surveys?) here’s another survey from OpenNews fellow Sandhya Kambhampati on newsroom onboarding/offboarding processes.

  Ben: Brent Victor’s Web of Alexandria follow-up post talks about the dichotomy of the Internet: Is it permanent, like a library, or ephemeral, like letters? Even though we treat it like it’s permanent, many, many things pass away. And many things that should perhaps pass away do not.

  Gabe: A call to arms to put more thought in choosing your next typeface. Also, a great compendium of available web font resources.

  Jack: The future of journalism may be predicated on relationships with audiences, but if so how do you build them? An interesting report on “social journalism” published by the Tow-Knight Center says “share, find and connect.”

  Julia: An open-source brand redesign? Regarding Mozilla’s latest initiative, Fast Company asks: Creative commons or creative chaos?

  Inndy: Drone journalism gets an OK from the FAA.


SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

Our friends at NPR did some great data reporting on semi-automatic weapons and background checks, which David Eads followed up with some useful scraping techniques to help others do the same.


WE MADE A THING

Our projects, manifest


Settling for Misconduct: The INN Nerds worked closely with data journalists from the Chicago Reporter to build a searchable database of Chicago's police misconduct lawsuits – lawsuits that have cost the city more than $210 million between 2012 and 2015. Explore the app and the rest of the series on chicagoreporter.com.


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

INN is still accepting applications for a senior WordPress developer. Join our team!

ProPublica is looking for a senior editor with a knack for data-intensive storytelling.

You have until Sunday to apply to become Hearken's community manager.


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Read about that here and shoot us an email if you're interested. We'd love to hear from you.

Thanks much!


SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

COOK: Chicken Tikka Masala – the national dish of Britain?

LISTEN: New York fuzz-rock trio Jackal Onasis released their debut EP.

READ: The End of All Things, John Scalzi's collection of sci-fi novellas full of "thrilling adventure scenes, politics, snarky commentary and food for thought."

WATCH: An oldie but goodie, The Corgi Flop. This never gets old.


Connect.

P.S. FWIW, DDJ FTW translates roughly to, "data-driven journalism, for the win."

Nerd Alert 76: If you like piña coladas and responsive iframes in your blog posts

HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Adam: Growing a company is hard. I remain really impressed with Buffer’s transparency, even when they have to make very difficult decisions – like the round of layoffs they announced this week. I’m also fascinated by their salary calculation, which you can see in this spreadsheet.

  BenGit version 2.9 and following has better diff-detection, if you run it with the experimental--compaction-heuristic. It makes messy diffs somewhat cleaner.

  Gabe: What can you do with the world's ugliest color? Keep people from smoking.

  Jack: How can news organization compete with Google and Facebook, who now control 64% of the digital advertising market? Matt McAlister from The Guardian says it’s time to leverage our shared values and embrace collaboration as a core objective.

  Julia: Learn about animating the viewBox for interactive data viz in this really great SVG tutorial by Sarah Drasner.

  Inndy: Good effort, friend.


LIVE AND IN PERSON

Our Head Nerd is on tour in New Orleans

Our own Adam Schweigert is at IRE today and tomorrow – he'd love to chat with you about tech, nonprofit news, product design and alpaca farms. Find him and say hi.


SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

Congrats to ProPublica's Sisi Wei for winning Best Individual Portfolio at the 2016 Global Editors Network Data Journalism Awards.

Here's one of Sisi's projects, Debt by Degrees:


WE MADE A THING

Our projects, manifest

The Nerds are on a roll with WordPress plugins these days! Two new ones this week:

Pym Shortcode is a super-simple way to add responsive iframes to your WordPress posts. Pym.js is a handy JavaScript library for embedding responsive iframes (developed by our friends at NPR), but it historically hasn't played nice with WordPress because it requires a<script> tag in the post body. Our plugin lets users place Pym embeds without extra JS.

News Quiz Shortcode embeds quizzes created with Mother Jones' news quiz library. Very nice.

ICYMI: Also check out last week's featured plugins – Super Cool Ad InserterTerm Debt Consolidator, and Google Analytics Popular Posts. All of our plugins are available for download from the WordPress Plugins Directory. Get 'em.


AND UPDATED A THING

With heavy hearts

The tragic attack in Orlando last weekend left 49 dead and another 53 wounded.

Last August, Julia created an animated data sonification to illustrate the many lives lost in U.S. mass shootings – it has been updated to reflect recent events.

Source Data: Mother Jones' mass shootings database
Source Code: https://github.com/julia67/shooting-fatalities


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

INN is looking for a senior full stack developer with a WordPress focus. Come work with us!

KQED is hiring a product manager for their web and native mobile apps.

The Philadelphia Media Network is hiring a data visualization specialist.

KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas is looking for an investigative journalist and visual storyteller.


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Thanks much!


SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Atomic by Mogwai.

READ: How to Make White People Laugh by social-justice comedian Negin Farsad. It's been described as “smart racial politics with a side of fart jokes.” Good stuff.

WATCH: All Six Star Wars, if only for the deafening intro sequence.

EAT: Three-Cup Chicken. Yum.

DRINK: The Painkiller Cocktail – a twist on the piña colada, recommended by Ryan.

ADMIRE: The art of Benjamin Shine, created with tulle and an iron.

SIT: Erm, perch?


Fly! Be free!

Nerd Alert 75: For the righteous dude in all of us

HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Adam: New life goal: get a pet bear. (Sorry, that link was too good to not share.) On a more serious note, here’s a great post with some questions to ask when interviewing for a remote job, such as, say, our open lead developer position.

  BenRandom A11y Color Palettes generates new color schemes and rates them according to W3C accessibility standards.

  Jack: Are your login credentials for LinkedIn, Tumblr, Adobe, or even the old MySpace account among those now on the market? Find out if you’ve been “pwned.” And maybe it’s time to rethink this password thing.

  Julia: Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the WSJ visuals team created The Hamilton Algorithm – the very fun interactive that analyzes rhymes from ‘Hamilton,’ the ever-popular hip-hop Broadway sensation. (Sorry, Adam.)

  Ryan: Check out John Wheeler’s Flask-Ask if you’re a Pythonist looking to write custom skills for Amazon’s Alexa. Don’t miss the intro video where John also covers the useful-looking ngrok utility.

  Sinduja: This article tells us how to scientifically have a productive day by scheduling different types of tasks that match our body’s circadian rhythms.

  Inndy: The efficient way. The snail way.


SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

Mozilla just launched the Secure Open Source (SOS) Fund, which will provide security auditing, remediation, and verification for major open source software projects.

Some good news for open government: The US House of Representatives is releasing their financials in machine-readable CSVs.


WE MADE A THING

Our projects, manifest


Plugins galore! This week we released three shiny new WordPress plugins:

Term Debt Consolidator examines your site's tags and categories and groups them by similarity, allowing you to consolidate groups of similar terms down to a single term of your choosing.

Google Analytics Popular Posts queries Google Analytics for your website's pageview data and uses an algorithm – based on publish date and total number of pageviews – to determine a weighted popularity score for a post. Using this scoring mechanism, the plugin generates a list of the most popular posts for a site.

Super Cool Ad Inserter allows site administrators to insert widgets – like ads, newsletter signups, and other calls to action – into posts at set intervals.

All three plugins are available from the WordPress Plugins Directory.


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

INN is accepting applications for a senior full stack developer to lead our WordPress work. Join our team!

NPR is hiring a digital editor.

Sunlight Foundation is hiring a quantitative analyst.

MapLight has an opening for a data analyst looking to dive into campaign finance data.

APM is looking for a digital product designer to join the team at Minnesota Public Radio.

Making Contact is hiring an online community manager.


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Thanks much!


SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Foil Deer by Speedy Ortiz. Also this remix.

DRINK: Space Coffee. Can't make it into orbit? You can at least try the same beans the astronauts drink.

WATCH: Teens react to Windows 95. It’s now safe to turn off your computer.


The question is: What aren't we going to do?

Happy 30th Anniversary, Ferris.