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Nieman Journalism Lab
Pushing to the future of journalism — A project of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard

@niemanlab archives: March 2009

31
Mar
@mathewi Actual teletype from Kennedy assassination not so different http://tr.im/i43m @jbenton discusses it at 35:26 here http://tr.im/hDnT 
 
New Samsung LED TVs can display widgets for Twitter, Flickr, Yahoo News, USA Today sports, more http://tr.im/i38B 
 
FAIL: The Sun’s story on cheating husband caught by Google Street View? A 19-year-old’s hoax, apparently http://tr.im/i2EX (h/t @palafo
 
Voice of San Diego honored by Investigative Reporters & Editors http://tr.im/i2AU for this coverage http://tr.im/i2B4 
 
@themediaisdying 52,600 working for newspapers (not all print media) in 2008, according to ASNE http://tr.im/i2wO New census next month 
 
How the Austin American-Statesman is reinventing weather coverage with Twitter, Google Maps, & user videos http://tr.im/i2uA 
 
Diving deeper into ONA report, @myersnews finds online journalists aren’t really embracing social media http://tr.im/i2qJ 
 
“The Internet is throwing sharp relief to the illogical nature” of British media law http://tr.im/i127 
 
New video at the Lab: NPR’s Adam Davidson, of “The Giant Pool of Money,” on explanatory journalism http://tr.im/i2g4 
 
Our friends and media law experts at CMLP take an early look at Twitter libel suit, coin the term “twibel” http://tr.im/i10G 
 
Good morning! Life.com relaunched today under Time Inc. and Getty Images. Looks good! @pkafka likes it, too http://tr.im/i23y 
 
30
Mar
Top links: Design for youth online http://tr.im/hYln Seattle P-I traffic down http://tr.im/hYg1 HuffPost’s non-profit http://tr.im/hYdh 
 
For evening crowd, we posted video today on music in news videos & slideshows (with NYT’s @amyoleary) http://tr.im/hZmH 
 
Perils of automation: NYT’s Times Extra pairs college financial aid story with links to, well… http://twitpic.com/2m8y5 
 
Number of statehouse reporters down 32% in six years, AJR survey finds http://tr.im/i0zj (h/t @michelemclellan
 
“Sports reporting…does not lend itself well to beatblogging.” True? Here are some who succeed, anyway http://tr.im/i0oo 
 
“Lois [Lane]! I’ve got to save the newspaper industry!” “Oh just give it up, Clark [Kent] and start a blog” http://tr.im/i0je 
 
@palafo Agreed those reactions to HuffFund are harsh. I’m looking forward to their stories — and their first tax return. 
 
Critical reactions to HuffPost Investigative Fund: “window dressing” http://tr.im/i06Y “PR play—and not much else” http://tr.im/i074 
 
Washington Post: “A single page of newsprint multiplied by about 650,000 copies costs roughly $2,500″ http://tr.im/i03O 
 
What do you think of this new ad for Detroit Free Press and Detroit News? f/t lead singer of Verve Pipe http://tr.im/hZTE 
 
Applications for Nieman fellowships up 32% from last year, but apps from newspaper reporters fell http://tr.im/hZN1 
 
Young online readers prefer sans-serif fonts and like when “key phrases are highlighted in bold” http://tr.im/hYln 
 
Here’s a list of “daily newspapers that have reduced publication days since last year” http://tr.im/hYgI 
 
Internal NYT memo on new global edition: “One sixth of the readers who click onto NYTimes.com do so from int’l addresses.” 
 
With shrunken newsroom, online-only Seattle P-I sees 20% drop in traffic http://tr.im/hYg1 
 
Disgruntled reporter? Boston Globe editor Marty Baron is not @martybaron, reports @dankennedy_nu http://tr.im/hZnL 
 
The New Media Lexicon Decoded: e.g., “Kindle — v. To burn your old business model” http://tr.im/hZms 
 
New video at the Lab: Mixing music and journalism — great insights from @amyoleary of NYT http://tr.im/hZmH 
 
This piece compares online ads to outdoor billboards: you see them for 2 seconds, and costs are similar http://tr.im/hYfp 
 
Libel law, meet Twitter: Courtney Love (@courtneylover79) sued by fashion designer for defamatory tweets http://tr.im/hYeN 
 
RT @myersnews: Poynter’s Bill Mitchell now doing a blog, which examines how news will be transformed and sustained http://is.gd/pF6s 
 
Why The San Francisco Chronicle is in much worse shape than similar metro dailies: geography http://tr.im/hYeg 
 
Newspapers didn’t hit doorsteps in Detroit this morning. Here’s a good overview of home delivery changes http://tr.im/hYea 
 
International Herald Tribune’s site now points to NYT global edition, but individual IHT stories are busted http://tr.im/hYhj 
 
Good morning! The Huffington Post is launching a $1.75 million non-profit for investigative reporting http://tr.im/hYdh 
 
27
Mar
On the Lab today: Jeff Howe video http://tr.im/hUb5 NYT cuts to Escapes, magazine http://tr.im/hTZY Local papers’ output http://tr.im/hUb6 
 
Top links: Gannett employee quits in tizzy http://tr.im/hTlH What to do with P-I news boxes? http://tr.im/hTpQ Reddit ads http://tr.im/hT1e 
 
What the Grand Island Independent has learned hosting daily news chats with readers http://tr.im/hUaF (by @stephromanski
 
New post: NYT plans modest cuts to Escapes & Sunday magazine. What does that say about next news ecosystem? http://tr.im/hTZY 
 
@jayrosen_nyu Added today’s Boston Globe (23 news stories, 19 sports) and Herald (17, 13) but awaiting moderation http://tr.im/hTAe 
 
RT @davidpleonard: Seattle residents should do what Chicago ppl did in Logan Square: community swap boxes http://tr.im/hTrQ 
 
Seattle P-I has lots of newspaper boxes but no newspaper. What to do? http://tr.im/hTpQ There’s always @nickbilton‘s idea http://tr.im/hTpU 
 
Gannett TV editor quits with a bang, assailing “repetitive Web clutter” & “preoccupation with the Internet” http://tr.im/hTlH 
 
Online Journalism Awards, administered by @ONA09, now open for entries http://tr.im/hTl8 
 
Online obituary service pitches itself as supplanting dying newspapers, says obits are nearly $1B industry http://tr.im/hTcc 
 
Listening to @dankennedy_nu, @lisawilliams, @universalhub, et al. discuss future of local news on WBUR http://tr.im/hTa5 
 
Technical but fascinating: How NYT shifted back end of Travel Guide to a “service-oriented architecture” http://tr.im/hT7t 
 
Kindle’s text-to-speech function great for news, says @agahran, who listens to WSJ in “robotic NPR” voice http://tr.im/hT3C 
 
CSM reporter Mary Wiltenburg’s yearlong series on 9-yr-old Congolese immigrant has its own Twitter feed! @litlbillclinton