It’s been over six months since our design and development teams delivered our new branding. We’d like to share this creative take on our branding brought to you by our talented Software Developer Dan Bowles.
Alley’s State of Obesity project has recently published a special series — SNAP Stories, produced by Upworthy and StoryCorps — highlighting the positive impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on the health of individuals and communities.
So you’ve made the decision to start working with agile. Great choice! You’ve decided to use Scrum to get yourself and your team into peak performance mode, and now you are really rolling. But wait a minute — you start doing your homework, and you read in Jeff and J.J. Sutherland’s Scrum book that this framework was created “as a faster, more reliable, more effective way to create software.” If you are like me, your next thought is, “Uh oh, I’m not a developer. I guess this isn’t for me…”. However, don’t put down that Scrum book just yet.
We’re creating an Alexa voice skill that will simulate exploring an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt museum in-person.
Celebrating holidays with a remote or distributed team may seem challenging, but with a bit of focus, intention, and dare we say Halloween magic, it is indeed possible. We had the opportunity to experience this throughout the entire month of October – and even before – as Alley team members grew excited about Halloween.
Earlier this year, the Kaiser Family Foundation approached Alley with a challenge: the foundation needed a way to display state-level data on a map, with an accompanying table, in a format that was easy to use and embeddable within posts across their WordPress site.
Kevin Fodness and Pattie Reaves presented on practical approaches to accessibility for an audience of academic technologists at WPCampus in St. Louis.
Since April, our team at Alley has been working hard in tandem with the team at Civil to deliver an awesome publishing platform to its first fleet newsrooms. We’re hoping what we’ve built will boost many more new businesses than the dozen or so we’ve pushed to market so far. At Alley, we’re all about pushing the boundaries of journalism business models, so we were psyched to get a chance to participate in a bold experiment like Civil.
At Alley, working as a distributed team while solving complex challenges for large-scale digital publishers has required us to scale our company practices accordingly — and embrace the opportunities created for continual positive change.
In mid-September, the Alley team headed to Austin, Texas, for the annual conference of the Online News Association. More than 2,700 publishers, editors, journalists, and technologists took over the JW Marriott Austin downtown, and we were glad to be a part of it.
What I like most about managing projects with Jira is the level of organization and filtering I can achieve by tagging stories. As someone who used to keep his CD collection in alphabetical order by artist (with secondary ordering by year), I am deeply satisfied by how the tagging options help me structure projects. I am a Jira nerd and proud of it!
Last September, CEO Austin Smith was named an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Lenfest Institute for Journalism. He served as a mentor to the Institute’s community of grantees, most of whom were building tools to sustain local media. As part of this program, Austin did extensive research on local news organizations, studying the opportunities and challenges of their unique revenue models, as well as investigating what their path to future success and sustainability looks like.
Does where you live affect how long you’ll live? That’s the question posed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in a newly launched data feature Alley designed and built for the foundation in September 2018. The interactive allows users, for the first time, to find life expectancy for all 73,000 Census tracts in the United States.