Nerd Alert 131: Robots are people!

HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Ben: Is it safe to start using CSS Grid? Rachel Andrew, CSS Working Group invited expert, argues yes.

  RC: I’m really excited to check out Alley Interactive’s Voice WP project.

  Julia: The News Media Alliance has called on Congress to allow publishers to negotiate collectively with Google and Facebook – get more details from the New York Times and the Atlantic.

  Kay: INN is a fully remote team, so we’re always looking for new ways to improve our productivity across time zones. The team at Hanno put together a fantastic Remote Starter Kit and we’ll definitely be adopting a trick or two.

  Inndy: I’m a robot (or a puppet, depending on your interpretation of my life), so what I’m about to link to doesn’t apply to me. I’m willing to bet it applies to most of you who are reading this email, though. You’re probably a human, probably using software that probably lives outside your body. You may not have written it, might not own the box it runs on, might not even have paid for the use of the software. But that software is still part of you, right? Give the Universal Declaration of Cyborg Rights a read, and then refresh yourself on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stop us if you've heard this one before

We interrupt your regularly-scheduled newsletter to inform you that the INN product and technology team has a new brand! Now known as INN Labs, we’re still the same nerds you know and love. Check out our new home at labs.inn.org.

WE MADE A THING

Our projects, manifest

We've built a WordPress plugin to make using the Knight Lab storytelling tools easier. Now anyone can begin using these tools in WordPress without any coding skills!

Timeline, StoryMap and Juxtapose get oEmbed support, while Soundcite gains a shortcode. Read more about it.

EVENTS/DEADLINES

Stay in the know

Last Call registration for the NABJ Annual Convention is open until July 19.

Registration for the AAJA National Convention ends July 19.

Apply for the Grist fellowship program by July 31.

If you're going to SRCCON, sign up to bring board games and teach hobbies.

Today is the last day to buy a ticket to WordCamp for Publishers and still get guaranteed meals, swag, and events access. Here's the full schedule.

SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

Public Source launched Small Town, Pennsylvania, a beautifully illustrated multipart look into what life is like outside of the big cities.

GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

NPR is hiring a project manager/scrum master, a systems administrator, a web developer, a technology manager, a mobile developer, and a ton of interns.

ProPublica is hiring a data reporter and an editorial designer.

IRE is hiring a training director.

The Marshall Project is hiring a senior investigative reporter.

The Center for Public Integrity is hiring an audience engagement editor.

The Pew Research Center is hiring a DC-based senior developer for WordPress, PHP and JavaScript,

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!

SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Human After All.

WATCH: Google DeepMind learning to run.

EAT: Sun-dried tomato and mozzarella quinoa veggie burgers.

DRINK: Roasted-peach lemonade.


The world's longest-burning light bulb.

People had a choice. They could continue wandering through the endless darkness, an absence of everything they loved, an endless void of disappointment and loneliness ... or they could look down, and embrace what they always have loved.

Nerd Alert 89: A subject-line joke

A subject walks into a bar and orders a pint. The bartender replies, "This isn't an email!"

HOT LINKS

What we're pondering this week

  Adam: For the 52 days we have remaining until election day, a timely guide to talking politics at work (or, say, in life) without alienating people. Hint: be respectful and focus on common ground.

  Ben: “Building better tech cultures for people with ADHD” seems to be broadly applicable to building better tech cultures in general. Take a read, and think about your office.

  Gabe: Ethnicity is complicated and the UX for defining it tends to be simplistic. How can better design reflect the complexities of ethnicity? (Hint: Checkboxes, not radio buttons)

  Jack: A Gallup survey released this week paints an alarming picture of decline in Americans’ trust in mass media. Which begs a question: In the digital age is there any such thing?

  Julia: This analysis of the most popular colors on the internet reminded me of another fun little game: Name That Blue. It’s surprisingly easy to do.

  RC: Baffle.js is a neat little visual library for obfuscating text in the browser.

  Inndy: I’m considering taking up ballet.

EVENTS

The happening things

Tonight, September 16: The INN@ONA Happy Hour6 p.m. Mountain Time at the Denver Press Club.

September 28-29 - There's still time to register for INN's two-day event for news leaders! We'll be discussing everything you need to know about managing technology and product design in your news organization. Travel stipends for INN members are available and we've added some new speakers and mentors. Hope to see you there!

SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

A screenshot of the "View Forms" interface of Ask, the new tool by the Coral Project

The Coral Project will launch their new community-engagement tool Ask on Monday, and unveiled the Comments Lab on Thursday.

A shoutout to NPR for publishing the things they’ve learned about Facebook Live.

Congrats to All the Online Journalism Awards 2016 finalists.

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We love you back

Please consider supporting this newsletter with a donation to INN.

Or if you'd rather contribute content over cash, be a guest contributor! Read more about that here and shoot us an email at nerds@inn.org if you're interested. We'd love to hear from you.

Thanks much!

GET A JOB

Doing the good work

INN is hiring a program director and an operations manager.

The Marshall Project is hiring an editorial designer in New York, NY.

The Northwestern University Knight Lab and the Washington Post are looking for two software developers interested in journalism for their Knight/Post scholarship program.

MuckRock is accepting applicants for their newly-announced Thiel Fellowship.

If you're looking for general jobs in nonprofit news, the main INN newsletter had 29 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!

WE'RE MAKING A THING

Help us make a thing

Want to help us build the next release of Largo? Here’s a list of outstanding issues before we ship the next milestone.

SOME OTHER STUFF

It's what's for dinner

LISTEN: I want my tears back ?

WATCH: Evolution in action ?

DRINK: A strawberry-basil milkshake

COOK: Savory Mooncakes


Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

A couple dance on a cloud, backlit by the full moon.

Nerd Alert 88: Are you reading your recommended daily value of books?

HOT LINKS

What we're pondering this week

  Adam: If you’re still measuring “engagement” in likes and retweets, consider this alternate (better) definition of audience engagement from Hearken’s Jennifer Brandel: “Engagement happens when members of the public are responsive to newsrooms, and newsrooms are in turn responsive to members of the public.”

  Ben: Does it seem to you as if public radio stations are clustered at the bottom of the dial? Your hunch is correct, according to Bob Baxley's research. The reason for the clustering is really strange.

  Gabe: A fabulous guide to illustrating Star Wars icons.

  Jack: One of my really smart friends now has 4 Amazon Echos arrayed around his house. As conversational interfaces make their way into more of our spaces, designing news for AI might really become a thing.

  Julia: How (and why) ProPublica got into the elections game.

  RC: Add some new textures to your data visualizations with Textures.js.

  Inndy: I'd like to be able to speak some day, and the latest research from DeepMind looks like I'll have a voice soon.

EVENTS

The happening things

September 14 - Join us at 1 ET for our monthly News Nerd Book Club discussion. This month we'll be reading Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture by Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green.

September 28-29 - INN is hosting a two-day event for news leaders to discuss everything you need to know about managing technology and product design in your news organization. Travel stipends for INN members are available and we just added some new speakers/mentors. Hope to see you there!

October 31 - The deadline for applying for a 2017 Kiplinger fellowship, a program that brings together journalists from across the country for training in digital reporting tools and tactics.

SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

A screenshot of Election Databot

ProPublica and Google News Lab have launched Election DataBot, a tool to collect huge amounts of data from tons of source. Read the full list of what's available, and think how you can use it in your newsroom.

LOVE NERD ALERT?

We love you back

Please consider supporting this newsletter with a donation to INN.

Or if you'd rather contribute content over cash, be a guest contributor! Read more about that here and shoot us an email at nerds@inn.org if you're interested. We'd love to hear from you.

Thanks much!

GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people, doing good work

INN is hiring a program director and an operations manager.

NPR Music is hiring a hip-hop reporter, a social media strategist, and a music news editor.

KERA is hiring a ton of positions in Texas, including two unpaid internships.

Matter, the media startup accelerator, is looking for a New York City associate.

If you're looking for general jobs in nonprofit news, the main INN newsletter had 29 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

Kick back and relax

DANCE: Do the alligator ?

WATCH: An analysis of Michael Bay’s filming style. ????

DRINK: Squeeze your own pomegranate juice.

DON'T EAT: Sea squirts, the animal that eats its own brain.


We believe in you!

A pom-pom crab waves its claws back and forth. In each claw is a sea anenome, giving it the appearance of shaking pom-poms.

Nerd Alert 87: Last-Minute Labor Day Newsletter

HOT LINKS

You'll be grilling hot dogs on Labor Day, right?

  Adam: In a world filled with looming deadlines, over-filled inboxes, always-on chat and incessant push notifications, a reminder that very little of what we do in the tech industry is truly urgent.

  Ben: Brian Boyer's quote about the similarities between programming and cooking in this transcript is worth a read. Keep an eye out for the full interview, publishing next summer.

  Gabe: Our understandings about gender and sexuality are increasingly become more nuanced. How should journalism reflect that? CJR has a thoughtful thinkpiece about preferred pronouns, outing ethics, and inappropriate interview questions.

  Jack: The Dropbox hack was the real deal, and sorry to be using the Dad Voice but it’s time to get serious about password management. Here are some great free options.

  Julia: Gotta love how “Pantsuit” is the name for the UI pattern library behind Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

  RC: Ideas and Insights from the Data Team at Automattic is a new blog that gives insight into the data challenges of running WordPress.com’s massive multisite installation.

  Inndy: Un robot qui cuit des muffins.

 

BE OUR GUEST

C'mon over!

Our guest this week is Alexandra Millatmal (@halfghaninNE), coding instructor at Omaha Code School.

In both my personal and professional realms, I spend a great deal of time thinking about race, representation and marginalization, and how I can make my local tech community more welcoming and inclusive.

One way we try to address this at Omaha Code School is by structuring a conversation about the state of the tech industry (and our roles in it as individual developers) into our beginning coding curriculum. Our goal is to make a space for uncomfortable truths and disagreement in that conversation – much like what I see in the "Under Our Skin" project from the Seattle Times.

A particular piece of the project that I enjoy is its commenting feature, which prompts users to select an option describing how the video made them feel and then frame their comment around that feeling. I find a lot of value in thinking about how we can better structure our conversations on race and identity in the United States, and I would love to know if the team found that this approach had an impact on the quality and tone of the comments they received.

Want to be a guest contributor for a future edition of this newsletter? Learn how and shoot us an email at nerds@inn.org if you're interested. We'd love to hear from you!

EVENTS

The happening things

September 14 - Join us at 1 ET for our monthly News Nerd Book Club discussion. This month we'll be reading Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture by Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford, and Joshua Green.

September 23 - The deadline for submitting talk proposals to the 2017 CAR Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

September 28-29 - INN is hosting a two-day event for news leaders to discuss everything you need to know about managing technology and product design in your news organization. Travel stipends for INN members are available and we just added some new speakers/mentors. Hope to see you there!

October 14 - The deadline for applications to the Knight Visiting Nieman Fellowship at Cambridge.

SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

An illustration of a cop pulling his pistol out of its holster, with the text: Unholstered: When Texas Police Pull the Trigger - a project by the Texas Tribune.

The Texas Tribune launched Unholstered, a database of police shootings in Texas. Check outtheir summary of the data, the problems with the data, or download the data to run your own analysis.

NPR's Visuals Team announced version 1.0.0 of Pym.js this week, bringing better support for responsive iframes in a number of Content Management Systems, and introducing a canonical CDN for the script.

 

GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people, doing good work

INN is hiring a program director and an operations manager.

OpenSecrets.org is hiring a junior full-stack software developer.

Mississippi Today seeks a database editor.

And Mother Jones is hiring a designer for print and digital work.

If you're looking for general jobs in nonprofit news, the main INN newsletter had 29 JOB OPENINGS this week. Check it out and sign up here if you'd like to get that in your inbox every week. We'll pretend to not be jealous.

SOME OTHER STUFF

Kick back and relax

LISTEN: Telsa Coil Music presents The Cars ?⚡️?

WATCH: Super Mario World in 81,032 Dominoes. Mesmerizing.

EAT: The best way to grill your Labor Day hot dog.

DRINK: Labor Day marks the end of summer, but it also honors the American labor movement. How about a beer made by organized labor?


It's not a delay of game if the umpire is dancing, too

A looping gif of a segment of a Japanese baseball game. The pitcher, the batter, and the umpire appear to be dancing, because of how the gif loops.

Nerd Alert 71: Exciting email praises partner newsroom nerds, jobs juxtaposed

HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Adam: Indi Young argues that we should remove age, gender and ethnicity from personas because those things don’t necessarily cause behavior but they do introduce assumptions. “To actually bring a description to life, to actually develop empathy, you need the deeper, underlying reasoning behind the preferences and statements-of-fact. You need the reasoning, reactions, and guiding principles.”

  Ben: Flickr released a tool for creating justified layouts of blocks, which could be very useful if you’re creating photo galleries.

  Jack: God save the Queen, and the BBC. With classic British flare, Lord Patten discourses on the future of the BBC as part of a “a shared sense of mutual responsibility.” A wonderful read that applies more broadly to nonprofit news orgs everywhere.

  Julia: Vox’s product team published a great collection of accessibility guidelines to help put their guiding principles into practice.

  Ryan: Open data helped Ben Wellington determine the NYPD systematically ticketed legally parked cars, resulting in more than $1.7 million in fines. He goes on to describe how his discovery helped change the NYPD’s ticketing practices.

  Sinduja: The podcast industry is growing, young  and experimenting with new revenue models, but Apple hasn’t caught up with them yet.

  Inndy: I'm getting dizzy just watching this asymmetrical flying machine.


SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

A screenshot of an embedded widget yb The Next To Die, showing that Charles Don Flores is scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas in 20 days, 8 hours and 5 minutes

If you're doing criminal justice reporting, The Next to Die offers a widget for keeping track of death row in your state.

IRE lanzó un base de datos de consejos en Español.

ICIJ made the Offshore Leaks database available as a torrent.

Quartz is opening up their Atlas charting platform to individuals and organizations.


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

From WBEZ in Chicago, a position for a media archivist with experience in audio.

Research associates are sought by New America and the Pew Research Center.

Technical writers are encouraged to apply at the Coral Project.

Propublica is hiring a senior editor for audience and engagement.

The Marshall Project seeks a social media editor.

NPR desires a digital editor.


SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Dropping a screw into a turbine compressor and the inevitable remix.

WATCH: Losing a ship anchor. (LOUD)

EAT: 20 ways to start a melts-vs-grilled-cheese flamewar.


Flames? Brains?

Ghostly white tendrils flicker across a black background, appearing similar to a plasma globe, a cross-section of the brain, or NASA's experiments with fire in microgravity.

 An MRI of a cockscomb flower.

Nerd Alert #60: Moonshots, Startups, and Funding Models, oh my!

HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Adam: Startup founders, Jennifer Brandel (Hearken) and Mara Zepeda (Switchboard), argue that we need a new funding model for startups that recognizes founders with long-term, wide-ranging visions instead of focusing myopically on things that matter less just because they’re the things that are easiest to quantify.

  Ben: Not all encryption is the same, and the random number generator used in network appliances isn’t iPhone encryption, but for a peep into how convoluted this mess can get, check out the blog post at AgileBits explaining how the NSA backdoored the Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator algorithm used to generate encryption keys. The math is explained in translucent prose, at least.

  Jack: The Wall Street Journal has a Snapchat team of five people pushing out content eight times a day. The Washington Post snapchatted (now a verb) during the Nigerian elections and has expanded its use of the burgeoning social media platform known for its young user base.  So how do many teens use Snapchat? It’s a different world.

  Ryan: Walk through this "Paint a room" exercise to see just how bad you are at schedule estimation. When you're through, send the link to anyone who needs to be convinced of the importance of evidence based scheduling.

  Bert: The Netflix graphical user interface is colorful and friendly, they say. But numbers are so much more fun.


BE OUR GUEST

This week's guest contributor

Our guest this week is Pam Dempsey (@pamelagdempsey), executive director, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

Four years ago, we refocused The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting with an investigative lens on agribusiness. Based in Champaign, Illinois, agribusiness is a billions-dollar industry in our region which reaches nationally and internationally. Yet coverage of agribusiness is sparse.

But with our strategy to provide not only in-depth reporting but also training and research, our stream of content became lost in the noise.

To resolve this, we recently launched Big Ag Watch, a new brand of our Center to exclusively focus on the big dogs of agribusiness through original reporting, commentary and curation. This provides a clear channel for our investigative work on big ag while giving our research and training work - and more general agriculture stories - a better defined space at the Midwest Center.


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

The Texas Tribune is seeking an Audience Engagement Director.

Oklahoma Watch is hiring a State Issues Reporter.


SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Tuvan throat singer Huun-Huur Tu.

WATCH: In 1969 we either went to the moon or faked the whole thing.

EAT: Can’t go wrong with a recipe that starts with “Bacon wrapped cheese and mushroom”.


Houston we have a problem
moon with a rocket stuck in its eye

Nerd Alert Issue 58: Red Datum, Blue Datum. One Datum, Two Data

Some people call us nerds, some call us engineers, and we're happy with all that. But scratch us beneath the surface and you'll quickly discover our inner Carl Sagan. That's right, we're cosmologists of news. So in a galaxy far, far away let's boldly go where no one has gone before.

HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Adam: Reminded this week of this excellent post by OpenNews’ Erin Kissane on why your conference/community needs a code of conduct and how SRCCON went about writing theirs.

  Ben: Suppose the CSS that was loaded first was the CSS required to load the “Above the fold” portion of your page, and everything else was loaded later. It could potentially be very fast, but it would be a lot of work, right? Rejoice, for someone’s already done the work for you! (via Eli Gladman)

  Jack: Back in the day, news organizations built their own distribution systems. Today many of us rely on third-party platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and YouTube to reach audiences. As the platforms themselves become more powerful, we might want to think about what it means for the future of news.

  Ryan: Keybase.io released Keybase filesystem (alpha) this week, which promises cryptographically secure public directories for Keybase users. Read more about what it is and why you (might) need it.

  Bert: What kind of mess did you git into? Let’s straighten you out.


SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

Who would have guessed? Nonprofit news networks are fostering greater impact and sustainability. We like this trend.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting published a new guide to the private financial interests of lawmakers, the bills they have sponsored and what committees they sit on, pulling together data from lawmaker income disclosure forms and other public records. Nicely done!

GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

The INN Product and Technology Team is looking for one (or more) apprentices to join our team for the summer of 2016. All INN apprenticeships are a paid, living wage situation and we are committed to helping people grow.

SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: It's truly a mad world.

WATCH: Carl Sagan sciences the hell out of science.

EAT: Mardi Gras is upon us. Let us eat cake.

Meanwhile back in the INN Nerds Science Lab...

Man dancing with a glass of beer held secure in a steadycam rig

Nerd Alert 48: It’s November!

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The sun sets early
Church bells tolling off-kilter
The year is ending


HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Adam: When AOL’s Patch collapsed in 2013, a number of observers jumped on this failure to call hyperlocal news unsustainable. Not so fast, say a number of former Patch editors who’ve decided to go it alone with the support of organizations like LION and the use of open source tech like INN’s Largo.

  Ben: Autotune for images can regularize patterns or highlight and distort differences. But what will it do to family portraits?

  David: The history of WordPress.

  Jack: Are news websites some of the slowest on the web? Let’s make them go faster.

  Kaeti: It’s far too easy to make assumptions about our users when creating a product. This is a fantastic reminder of why it’s so important to design with empathy.

  Ryan: Check out slouchy if you’d like a constant reminder that your posture is terrible.

  Bert: Tensegrity tetrahedrons, tripping through thy tubes.


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

Public Source is looking for an interactives and web developer.

The NPR Visuals Team is hiring a developer.


SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

unnamed

From streets.mn, an analysis showing that planned light-rail extensions avoid neighborhoods with lots of carless workers.


SOME OTHER STUFF

Gather ye rosebuds

LISTEN: Moon Hooch.

COOK: Egg in a bagel hole.

WATCH: Live stream of the “Drones as Disruption” forum on drone law at The Ohio State University.

GIF: Happy owl.

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Nerd Alert #44: INN nerdbots exterminating the roadblocks

We definitely believe the Internet should be free, fast, and open to all comers. We also like farms.


HOT LINKS

What we're reading this week

  Adam: From Maine FarmLink, a list of farms for sale (or lease, for the noncommittal).

  Ben: Today is a good day to write tests. Here are some test strings.

  Jack: Google’s new plan for Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) promises to kick the speed of news on the mobile web into hyperspace. Or it might destroy the open web. We can’t wait to find out which!

  Kaeti: A helpful collection of CSS #protips.

  Ryan: Zappos is tossing its organizational chart in favor of a new system with no job titles or descriptions.

  Bert: Happy packets make for a better Internet. You don’t want to make them angry >:)


GET A JOB

Good jobs with good people

INN seeks an apprentice.

Also, a contract WordPress developer.

ProPublica is hiring a Data Fellow.

Religion News Service (RNS) has an immediate opening for a full-time Web Developer.

MinnPost is looking for a Director of Development, and an Education Reporter.


SHOUT OUT

Work we admire by our journalism peers

IRE y NICAR lanza una lista de correo en español.

The Texas Tribune's God & Governing series examines how Texas legislators' religious beliefs guide their lawmaking.

FBI recognizes Wapo and the Guardian for collecting better data than the FBI.


SOME OTHER STUFF

Just thought we'd overshare

LISTEN: Wagakki Band: Too good!

GIF: Let's speed up everything! What could possible go wrong?

Dalek exploding

Nobody Said This Would Be Easy

Allow me to introduce myself: I’m the idiot who joined the INN tech team and thought he could be on top of things right away.

OK not totally on top of things, but how hard could it be? I spent the past 28 years working for public broadcasting in a variety of roles, most recently as New Media director at Illinois Public Media. I’ve designed and coded dozens of websites, set up and run Content Management Systems, and provided training, documentation, and support for staff and public users of Illinois Public Media’s websites and digital services. Prior to the web I produced lots of radio using tape decks and razor blades, learned the ropes in television production, and got caught up in on-air hosting for a while. As digital technology came along I migrated from tape to computers, file systems and servers, and I had to learn about this thing called data. I edited our first websites using Netscape Communicator, and started posting broadcast archives online as RealMedia. After 28 years I knew everything about our operation, what the work was, and how to do it.

Now I’m completing my first week at INN as your new manager of support, training, and documentation, and suddenly I’m working with about 110 different news organizations. Each of these has different needs, and relies on INN for a variety of mission-critical services. There’s a whole new INN technology stack developed by people smarter than me, and a different way of working than anything I’ve experienced. (Although, lots fewer meetings!) The INN team has a pace that is both more intense and somehow more relaxed than I’m used to.

These people know what they’re doing, and it’s clear to me I don’t yet. This is a very uncomfortable feeling, and it causes me to question if I have what it takes.

But wait: This feeling is familiar, it’s just that I haven’t experienced it for a long time. I’ve been doing the same work in the same ways for at least 15 years, with lots of incremental change but no seismic shifts.

If you have worked in news for the past 20 years, odds are good that you have also experienced  a feeling of deep anxiety and displacement in the digital age. As change in technology and audience behavior has accelerated, the ground has shifted under our feet and we find ourselves in a strange new landscape. We don’t know the rules, the skills, or even the roles required for effective digital journalism. I’ve seen this in many of the people I’ve worked with, and it can lead to stress, conflict, and even organizational failure.

We are seasoned news professionals who have won many awards, and deserve our sense of accomplishment. Acknowledging this doesn’t change the fact that the technology, business,  and social base of our industry has changed, and that change will continue.

So my first week at INN was a bit of a wake-up call, which I pretty much knew was coming. It would have been much easier to stay where I was, doing the same things I had long been doing. It would be much more comfortable for us veterans of the news business to pretend change isn’t happening, and that we can keep doing our business as usual. But none of us can afford that illusion, and we owe it to our communities and stakeholders to take the next steps in the evolution of news.

I’m not sure how we do that comfortably, without stress and anxiety. Speaking for myself, I am aware once again that I have much to learn and this will take some hard work. It definitely helps that my teammates at INN have also experienced this seismic shift, and understand that we’re all in this together. As I was tempted to panic this week, they reminded me that I actually do have what it takes.

And here’s the best part: so does the nonprofit news industry, and INN is here to help.