Nerd Alert 66: Mama Tried


What we're reading this week

  Adam: HTTPS is hard.

  Ben: Pausing the CSS stuff for a week to ask: What is journalism’s rallying flag? What unites journalists as a tribe? (a long and philosophical read)

  Jack: More than 40 percent of Americans say they are open to buying digital newspaper subscriptions, according to one recent study. Molly de Aguiar and Josh Stearns say we can convince them to pay for news by building relationships with individuals and doing journalism that adds value to their lives.

  Julia: For all our satellite imagery nerd-friends: NASA released nearly 3 million images of Earth, for free. The data is available here.

  Ryan: 18F's open source presence is strong; America is strong. Take your pick from this list of 35 open source projects from 18F, grouped by how each is meant to help make your life easier.

  Sinduja: Almost 70% of Reddit users (likely to be young, male and liberal) get their news from Reddit itself.  A fascinating piece from the Pew research center  on the role of Reddit in the 2016 presidential race.

  Bert: The future is terrifying.


This week's guest contributor

Our guest this week is Alexandra Kanik (@act_rational), Metrics Editor at MediaShift.

Let Lindsey Cook (@lindzcook) and Ashlyn Still (@ashlynstillexplain programming to you like you were a 5th grader. *Bonus* sick info graphics:

BONUS LINK! If you're not quite sure if what you're doing is business appropriate... ask Business Cat.


Work we admire by our journalism peers

The Marshall Project launched an impressive new hub for criminal justice reporting and wrote about how they built it.

Also, congrats to all the winners of this year's IRE awards (including a number of INN members)!


Our projects, manifest

Julia was out in SF this week at the latest SNDMakes event. Her team's project, Babbage, is a low-hassle matching service that structures and schedules half-hour online feedback sessions for projects or career advice.


Good jobs with good people

KPCC is hiring a developer to focus on digital audio workflow and a dev/ops engineer.

BuzzFeed opened applications for the latest round of their open lab fellowships.


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Merle Haggard sings Working Man Blues.

LISTEN: Merle Haggard does his impressions of Marty Robbins, Hank Snow, Buck Owens and Johnny Cash.

LISTEN: Merle Haggard chills at home and sings three Jimmie Rodgers tunes.

LISTEN: We'll miss you, Merle.

Spring is here. Time to mow the lawn.

Disaster caused by a dog mowing the lawn

Nerd Alert 49: Building Better Workplaces


Can we get another helping of links, please? Thanks.

Pass the green beans, too.


What we're reading this week

  Adam: When building a new team, project or company it’s important to  stop and think about what the end goal really is. Many incentives are aligned with growing as big as possible (often as quickly as possible), but is that really the best way?

  Ben: Do you want to make your sites more accessible in a quick and easy way? Here's an intro to ARIA’s accessibility role landmarks.

  David: Each of us take our own path. Comparisons are the worst. Meet my lovely neighbors (including quadrupeds).

  Jack: If we had a chance to re-think news 20 years ago, what might we have done differently? Let’s travel back in time.

  Kaeti: Ideas from Forge Conference on how to build a better, more humane workplace.

  Ryan: Fordite isn't really 'real,' but it's really cool.

  Bert: Beep beep. ☹


Work we admire by our journalism peers

A screenshot of DocumentCloud's responsive embed comparison tool.

Document Cloud embeds are now responsive! Play with all the options.


Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: The cast of Hamilton celebrate "A Chorus Line."

COOK: We like pie. You like pie. How about some tamale pie?

GIF: One! Two! Three!

A mixed group of young men and women - the men in black shirts, red neckties, and black pants; the women in red dresses with black trim - circle up and stack their hands midair in the center of the circle. They pump the stack of hands once, and then raise them. If you could hear it, it would probably be accompanied by a shout of 'Go Team!'