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@niemanlab archives: February 2009

28
Feb
Unfortunate pre-roll ad on Guardian plane crash video http://tinyurl.com/dbffdp 
 
More details from @jeffjarvis on NYT local blogging experiment http://tr.im/gSRp CUNY collab includes business professors 
 
@vanityfairer I’d like to develop that thought (NYer’s edge in link economy) but don’t have much beyond anecdotal evidence. You? 
 
New app (in alpha release) collates tweets about NYT articles: http://tr.im/gSIr Solves problem that links aren’t hashtags 
 
@robinsloan Oh wow. Google Grid was prescient. But here’s hoping the News Wars of 2010 will, in fact, include a few news orgs. 
 
Update to that pre-history of news media goes through 2015: http://tr.im/gSEf Narrator is http://newsless.org/ (via @nonvivant
 
48.1% of tweets are sent from web. In other words, most tweeting is done on apps that Twitter didn’t build. http://tr.im/gSCt 
 
@donohoe Ah yes, you’re right. Rest assured, the Bushes are getting their Dallas Morning News http://tr.im/gSnJ 
 
Trippy video: a future history of media through 2014. Googlezon dominates, NYT is print-only http://tr.im/gSmY (h/t @metaprinter
 
Paging the Dallas Morning News circ dept: Laura Bush says of civilian life, “It has been slow to get the DMN delivered.” http://tr.im/gSlH 
 
27
Feb
For evening crowd, most clicked-on links today: Facebook metrics http://tr.im/gQj4 Rocky A1 http://tr.im/gQdN Newsday http://tr.im/gQkW 
 
Ahhh, makes sense: NYT collaboration with CUNY students on hyperlocal Brooklyn blog is a @jeffjarvis thing http://tr.im/gRjr 
 
Knight Fdn CEO: “For the first time…the delivery of news & information is not happening in the same space as democracy” http://tr.im/gR2S 
 
If @davewiner is right “that there will be thousands of Twitters, maybe millions,” then should news orgs start building? http://tr.im/gR2c 
 
Great news! Sen. Lieberman is pushing to make PACER federal court documents free http://tr.im/gR1f In meantime: http://pacer.resource.org 
 
@howardowens Exciting new gig! (http://tr.im/gQXq) Does this mean you still work for GateHouse, you own the site, or what? 
 
Wish some would tweet their process (@susanorlean sort of does) RT @palafo: Who is Twittering at New Yorker? http://bit.ly/D0vL0 
 
@thisbusymonster I agree competition breeds good journalism, but don’t think it’s always necessary. There was also a safety issue. 
 
$$ squeeze can lead to smart efficiencies: 3 Phoenix TV stations to share helicopter & flying reporters http://tr.im/gQVa 
 
Who Killed the Rocky? http://tr.im/gQUE “Scripps,” “Teh internets,” “It’s liberals, right?,” “No, just craigslist” (via @waxpancake
 
“How The Globe and Mail uses social media to engage its audience,” a slideshow and post by @mathewi http://tr.im/gQST 
 
E&P on NYT hyperlocals: one reporter as “anchor” for each blog will “lead the community in reporting” http://tr.im/gQRg 
 
@mathewi Is it your sense that “there will be blood” is why story spread? Evidence that great quote can go a long way online? 
 
Never know what’ll go viral RT @mathewi: Q&A w Niall “there will be blood” Ferguson is Globe&Mail’s most-read story ever http://bit.ly/4S0J6 
 
Interested in these NYT hyperlocal blogs http://tr.im/gQNw but don’t know what to add. Let me know if you have questions/thoughts. 
 
Interesting that CUNY students contributing to NYT’s The Local will also meta-blog it to share “findings w educators and journalists.” 
 
NYT spokeswoman tells me that new blogs will be called, appropriately enough, The Local. 
 
NYT digital editor confirms local blogs plan. Selling ads to local merchants. Muses about revenue share w non-NYT bloggers http://tr.im/gQL2 
 
For chs. 7-8 of our book club, lessons from popular searches http://tr.im/gQAR & @TimWindsor on TV talking heads http://tr.im/gQAT 
 
Useful data on US news consumption: print readership declines outpacing online growth http://tr.im/gQyw (via @amonck
 
Hearst developing e-reader w larger screen than Kindle. Exec says, “These devices will be a big part of our future.” http://tr.im/gQvT 
 
Newsday publisher: “Transforming…website into an enhanced, locally focused cable service.” Details TK. http://tr.im/gQkW 
 
Avg Facebook user interacts with 5-7% of friends — more “broadcasting” than “networking.” i.e., It’s a news site. http://tr.im/gQj4 
 
@cgorman Name & site still technically for sale, but Scripps CEO said, “Our goal is Rocky’s archives open to anybody.” http://tr.im/gQhH 
 
The last Rocky: front page (“STOP THE PRESSES”) http://tr.im/gQdN, PDFs of special section http://tr.im/gQdQ, 20-min video http://tr.im/gQdT 
 
26
Feb
NYT can’t really find anyone mad about Google News ads. Reuters exec given “pause for concern.” http://tr.im/gPln 
 
Scripps explored online-only Rocky Mountain News, reports @RMN_Newsroom. Dean Singleton, owner of Denver Post, had to but wouldn’t agree. 
 
The UK’s Audit Bureau of Circulations is now auditing web traffic for newspapers http://tr.im/gOZv Will it happen in US? 
 
Newsday paywall news happened so fast that everyone but Reuters missed it. Only info on this is one passing sentence from exec at 10 am 
 
Very weird: Cablevision announced charging for Newsday in one sentence of long conf call; analysts didn’t ask about it http://tr.im/gOT0 
 
I wrote a little about @RMN_Newsroom‘s realtime narrative of its final edition http://tr.im/gONr Twitter won’t save journalism, but… 
 
@RMN_Newsroom Thanks for the inside look at what I’m sure is a trying day. Could you tell us which reporter is sending out these tweets? 
 
Suggest following @RMN_Newsroom today for dramatic tweets of paper’s last edition (via @donohoe
 
Weekend reading: @Ctr4SocialMedia‘s report on Public Media 2.0 (pdf) http://tr.im/gOsV Slideshow: http://tr.im/gOto 
 
At least 5 online-only news outlets have made Pulizter submissions under new rules, E&P reports http://tr.im/gOoF 
 
http://observer.com redesign (in Drupal) aims to address predicament of news org that writes long weekly but updates daily. Does it work? 
 
Live video from the #WeMedia conference c/o @greglinch: http://www.mogulus.com/greglinch Founder of cit-journ site AllVoices speaking now 
 
I do think the New Yorker has edge in link economy, though. People don’t tend quote the gist. They say, “Go read this in full.” 
 
A few Seattle P-I reporters think aggregation cedes authority http://tr.im/gO9T “Sheesh. What’s next? Linking to the [Seattle] Times?” 
 
Claim that NYer has succeeded w/model of “Read for free, pay for print or stuff” http://tr.im/gO91 is belied by Conde Nast’s $ troubles