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@niemanlab archives: May 2009

31
May
Barbara Ehrenreich’s speech to j-school grads — “Welcome to the American working class” — hits the right note http://tr.im/mZAh 
 
Psychologist @RichardWiseman to test for extrasensory perception using Twitter http://tr.im/mXPr (That would be useful for newsgathering!) 
 
If we had a Sunday edition, it would include “First sketches of history” http://tr.im/gVJe & “Reporters are like priests” http://tr.im/hBlY 
 
Hooray! WSJ’s Rebecca Dana and Rich Turner, two of the best media scribes, are now blogging http://tr.im/mXG4 (via @alansmurray
 
30
May
WSJ piece leads with @poetcharles as example of homeless with homes online http://tr.im/mUTX (via @mikenizza
 
@TeakMedia Looks like they want $1/mo out of 10% of visitors (or $10/mo out of 1%, etc.) That seems… optimistic, but I want to know more. 
 
@doingitwrong That’s the first time I’ve seen 88-91. Getting more details is on my agenda for next week, though. Thanks for asking. 
 
Steve Brill’s plan to charge for news: It’s the “88-91 formula,” and we’ll be hearing a lot about it http://tr.im/mU03 
 
29
May
Today on the Lab: Froomkin’s 5-point plan to reconnect with readers http://tr.im/mMVA and my 4 points about pay walls http://tr.im/mNCf 
 
“Barack Obama and Sonia Sotomayor are now friends.” Latest political news as told through Facebook http://tr.im/mQqX 
 
Everything we’ve written about advertising (at Gawker, Talking Points Memo, NY Times, Time Inc., more) http://tr.im/mPPC 
 
Welcome, everyone! (And thanks, @natives.) By way of introduction, my 40 most-recent links, ranked by popularity http://nieman.40twits.com 
 
Here’s a data point: newsprint consumption among U.S. newspapers declined 30% in April from year prior http://tr.im/mPjW 
 
@AlRoker‘s twitpic from jury room causes tempest in teapot http://tr.im/mOVy 
 
NYT letters formula told here (“with a jab rather than a roundhouse…the efficiency of haiku”) sounds like a good tweet http://tr.im/mONt 
 
For #followfriday, old school meets new: @timestraveler (NYT headlines from 100 yrs ago) and @Boston_Police (like listening to the scanner) 
 
NAA meeting wasn’t secret, says attendee. “Asked about the specifics of what occurred…Golden declined to comment” http://tr.im/mOqV 
 
The first Knight News Game Award (@G4C) goes to Play the News, a fascinating site. Sort of a real-life Risk http://tr.im/mNNX 
 
New at the Lab: I can haz pay wallz? Four points about charging for news that are often overlooked http://tr.im/mNCf 
 
The web may be rendering our notion of news sections obsolete. NYT developer @harrisj mulls it over http://tr.im/mNb1 
 
New at the Lab: Dan Froomkin’s five-point plan on how to reconnect with readers http://tr.im/mMVA 
 
@jayrosen_nyu I do think there’s a weird hostility that paints the debate in moral terms and also ignores that pay walls are still rare. 
 
Dow Jones, betting the Bloomberg terminal will go out of style, is revamping its data services for the web http://tr.im/mMkn 
 
The growth in long-form video streaming on sites like Hulu is being driven by 35-49-year-olds, not teens http://tr.im/mMKe 
 
Good morning! NBC News has great tweets at @InsideObamaWH as they film a day-in-the-life special at the White House today #followfriday 
 
28
May
Slate: “Does today’s hush-hush meeting of newspaper executives violate antitrust law?” http://tr.im/mJOb 
 
@dan360man, the voice behind widely acclaimed @ColonelTribune, has been hired by PR firm Weber Shandwick http://tr.im/mJj5 
 
“First rule of Newspaper Pay Wall Club…” Some great reaction tweets to our news about the NAA meeting http://ff.im/3lNDY 
 
Breaking: NAA confirms meeting of newspaper execs in Chicago but treads carefully because of antitrust laws http://tr.im/mIUI 
 
Seeking funds for non-profit journalism? Foundation Center’s directory of grantmakers is free today http://tr.im/mHVP (via @pndblog
 
Watching @ryansholin demo Publish2′s new tool for soliciting reader tips. Some info here: http://tr.im/mHu4 
 
Analyzing shared vocab to graph relationships on Twitter http://tr.im/mHdq (Confirms no one is quite like @THE_REAL_SHAQ
 
Technical but crucial: how to ensure that Google indexes your subscriber-only content http://tr.im/mH1I 
 
10 cheap cameras that shoot HD video: a good overview if you’re in the market for one http://tr.im/mGLC 
 
Early verdict: Microsoft’s new Bing beats Google at searches related to restaurants, travel, and shopping http://tr.im/mGnj 
 
NYT, 5/28/1909: “Sen. Bailey Assaults Reporter; Angered by Article in New York Times, Throttles Man Who Did Not Write It” http://tr.im/mFMI 
 
@GeorgeDearing Been meaning to try Evernote as a replacement for my current, haphazard system. Maybe today’s the day. Thanks. 
 
A few paperless tools for notetaking http://tr.im/mFIz Do you have other favorites? 
 
@jny2 Seems not to work this morning, but this’ll normally do that for you: http://venn-d.appspot.com/ 
 
While news execs contemplate paid content in Chicago today, GigaOM has gone ahead and done it: $79/yr for extra analysis http://tr.im/mFxt 
 
MediaNews Group’s customized-printing experiment begins in 25 Denver homes and a Marriott hotel next week http://tr.im/mF2z 
 
Oooh, ahhh: Hands-on with Plastic Logic’s much-anticipated, touchscreen, large-format e-reader http://tr.im/mEVv 
 
Good morning! Yahoo exec says readers click on local stories more than non-local by “orders of magnitude” http://tr.im/mF6j 
 
27
May
Pulitzer-winning PolitiFact gets a new theme song http://tr.im/mB1w But for a site that separates fact from fiction, why so much Auto-Tune? 
 
Playing around with new, embeddable Google Web Elements, which include Google News and YouTube news http://tr.im/mA4U 
 
The Huffington Post, not yet profitable, names its first chief financial officer http://tr.im/mz1k 
 
A topic page, of sorts, with links to great posts about topic pages on news sites http://tr.im/my61 
 
Sotomayor would be first justice “with a history of precedent-setting rulings on cyber law issues” http://tr.im/muNQ 
 
Tribune Co. is readying a news aggregator for Chicago, and @pottsmark can’t wait to see it http://tr.im/mxI0 
 
New at the Lab: Gawker VP says sponsored posts will bring in majority of revenue one day http://tr.im/mxFP