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Nieman Journalism Lab
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@niemanlab archives: April 2009

30
Apr
Our 40 most-recent links, ranked by popularity http://tr.im/j3QM (And on the blog, we’ve started integrating tweets into the stream.) 
 
@digitaljournal We’ll fight them for it! Or just taunt @Newsweek with this image from their homepage: http://pic.im/2oK 
 
GoDaddy advises against buying .tv domain names because Tuvalu, the island that controls .tv, is sinking :( http://tr.im/k8kN 
 
In Missoula, tweeting continues unabated in courtroom upstairs from where Twitter was banned http://tr.im/k8gc 
 
New USA Today publisher: “There is paid digital content in some areas in the future for us” http://tr.im/k89N 
 
Montana judge just banned @NewWest reporter from tweeting a trial because witnesses were reading along (via @citmedialaw
 
Before the Times won a Pulitzer for its military analyst series, it won a FOIA complaint. Here’s the story http://tr.im/k7Gg 
 
Many of you think the Flip is a flop. Fair enough, but it’s great in a pinch. See the TV segment here: http://tr.im/k7uu 
 
White House reporters @JakeTapper (ABC) and @JulieMason (Examiner) are asked if their tweeting = news. “No” http://tr.im/k7m9 
 
@Vanderleun Haha, the pay is more than zero, in fact! It’s part-time. As Apple fans, we considered calling them nanointernships. 
 
Have you heard about our summer microinternships? The deadline to apply is a week from today http://tr.im/jw4o 
 
Creative storytelling: @PoliticalMath effectively describes the scope of Obama’s budget cuts with pennies http://tr.im/k6N2 
 
The Committee to Protect Journalists (@pressfreedom) names 10 worst countries to be a blogger http://tr.im/k6CO 
 
New at the Lab: How The Globe and Mail used Cover It Live to report on a shooting, the NHL, and swine flu http://tr.im/k5Tl 
 
UNC’s student paper, The Daily Tar Heel, is seeking comments on its website redesign http://tr.im/k5CO 
 
@A_L Hah, yeah, @Newsweek is another (slightly brighter background). I’m working on an avatar update, but #990000 is likely to survive. 
 
Every journalist’s favorite toy, the Flip cam, now sports an HD model that takes AA batteries. Mmmm… http://tr.im/k5AG 
 
Good morning! Early data from Detroit indicates that cutting back home delivery hasn’t hurt readership http://tr.im/k5zw 
 
29
Apr
The Supreme Court’s profanity ruling may end up boosting net neutrality (i.e., restriction-free Internet) http://tr.im/k4pF 
 
NYT’s @JonathanLandman jokes re Twitter followers: “We’re kicking the ass of @PerezHilton and @AlGorehttp://tr.im/k3Cl 
 
The top query on Microsoft Live Search is… Google http://tr.im/k3mM 
 
Stay safe down there! RT @deanbetz: No disrespect to Austin, but I’ll horn-toot chron.com’s swine flu channel http://chron.com/health/ 
 
As an experiment, The Austin American-Statesman booted up a standalone site with links to swine flu news http://tr.im/k2X5 
 
If news sites were megafauna: Velocireporter (TPM), Linkodactyl (Drudge), Snark-Toothed Tiger (Gawker), etc http://tr.im/k2F2 
 
New at the Lab: Data shows the Kindle skews old. Does that dampen hopes of a new revenue stream for news? http://tr.im/k2rF 
 
Truly “ultimate guide” to building your portfolio site on WordPress: themes, tips, apps, examples, links http://tr.im/k27R 
 
A spate of news sites in Maplewood, NJ has turned the suburb into a hyperlocal petri dish http://tr.im/k22V 
 
General Mills has recruited 900 bloggers who — yikes — have to contact the company before a negative review http://tr.im/k1Ow 
 
The Guardian’s @arusbridger saw Huff Post’s model and thought, “Isn’t it better to do it to ourselves?” http://tr.im/k0Ni 
 
European mobile users trend ahead of the curve, so it’s worth noting what info they crave on their phones http://tr.im/k0Ji 
 
@timoreilly on reinventing the book: what if each page, like a blog post, could be read on its own? http://tr.im/k0KS 
 
Good morning! Is that the defunct New York Sun peeking over the digital horizon? http://tr.im/k0Oi 
 
28
Apr
Seattle blogger wins $225,000 settlement over delay in releasing public records (via @citmedialaw & @rcfp) http://tr.im/jXRe 
 
Much to be excited about in Kickstarter, a new platform for crowdfunding artists, *journalists,* others http://tr.im/jXDU 
 
Well, this is awesome: Google Public Data visualizes local unemployment rates and census data http://tr.im/jX4e 
 
Cold water on Twitter’s growth (via @msbeat): 60% of new users don’t return the following month http://tr.im/jWTr 
 
Terrified of recording that audio slideshow? A voice coach offers breathing techniques for broadcast http://tr.im/jW8n 
 
Google to sell premium ads against highly targeted search results for NYT and WaPo content — or something? http://tr.im/jVPM 
 
What if newspapers answered reader questions in the style of a customer service line? http://tr.im/jVBX 
 
Newspapers under 10,000 circ aren’t exactly making money, but their prospects are better than big papers http://tr.im/jVlQ 
 
Hunch: NY Post replaces all latinate words (“arrest”) with germanic ones (“nab”). I smell WordPress plugin! http://tr.im/jVbY 
 
New video at the Lab: Media lawyer Rob Bertsche with important online copyright advice for news orgs http://tr.im/jUJh 
 
Huge demand for *explanations* of swine flu and its symptoms. That’s what people are searching for http://tr.im/jUAE 
 
@Irizaurus Yeah, I like the concept in Cedar Rapids, even if it’s not original, but execution and business model remain to be seen. 
 
The potential of an iPhone-esque “media pad” from Apple and Verizon has me a little giddy this morning http://tr.im/jUw3 
 
Is this heaven? No, it’s the innovative newsroom reorganization at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa http://tr.im/jUs9 
 
Good morning! If URL-shortening services seem a little terse, try http://gianturl.com 
 
27
Apr
This tweet may contain forward-looking statements: The SEC is nervous about corporate Twitter accounts http://tr.im/jRGM 
 
“Portfolio needed to make as many waves on the web as it did at Michael’s” http://tr.im/jRFn 
 
A new feed in town: @googlenews is one item per hour, which seems like right pace, and links directly to source (via @carr2n