Reimagining Largo

Over the past few months, we've been soliciting feedback about Largo from members and the broader journalism-tech community – how they use it, what they like about, and, most importantly, what we can do to make it better. The next version of Largo is a full rewrite of the theme, with new layouts, easier customization, and additional editorial controls. We're keeping the most important parts of Largo – the features that are unique to the needs of publishers – but this is a great time for us to rethink the way we're meeting our member's needs and fill some of the gaps we've identified since the last major version. So far, the most common feedback we've received has been about the need to easily customize a Largo site after launch. Site owners want to have more control over page layouts and an option to add their own CSS directly to the theme.

Nerd Alert 114: Enter At Your Own Risk

For the next two weeks, our Office Hours will feature Largo-specific ideas sessions. This is a great chance to shape our ideas and get that one feature you've always wanted in the next version! We'd love to hear your feedback, so make sure to join us on Friday, March 24 and Friday, March 31 from 2-3pm EST.

Nerd Alert 98: They opened this email and YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT…

What we're reading this week.   Adam: Perhaps more than ever, this is a great time to support independent nonprofit watchdog journalism, particularly at the local and state level. If you’re in a position to donate, here’s a handy list of organizations to help you get started.   Ben: Did you know that we here at the INN Nerds Distributed Office™ hold weekly office hours that anyone can join? Join us Fridays from 2-3 p.m. Eastern on your computer screen or telephonic communicator as we answer your questions and talk about random things.

Nerd Alert 97: Happy Thoughts & Puppies

What we're reading this week.   Adam: About a year ago now, Kelsey Proud wrote that 2016 would be a turning point for public trust in the media. We’ve still got a month and a half. Let’s get to work.   Ben: Play Mario Kart in your browser, implemented mostly through CSS3!

Nerd Alert 96: Steve Zissou Gets Broadband

What we're reading this week.   Adam: As we start the process of redesigning Largo, I’ve been reading a lot about BEM (block element modifier) CSS patterns to bring more structure to our markup and styles. This post has some great tips regarding common BEM gotchas and how to avoid them.   Ben: Are you voting in the US general election? Read up on ProPublica’s Electionland project and how you can participate, and then send them a text after you’ve voted.

Document Everything: My First Week at INN

Allow me to introduce myself. I’m RC, the new Lead Developer here at INN. This week I’ve spent a lot of time diving into documentation. Much to the delight of this new guy, it seems like everything we do has documentation.