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

@niemanlab archives: March 2009

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