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

@niemanlab archives: June 2009

30
Jun
As Vibe folds, Quincy Jones says he wants to buy back the magazine he founded. But: “I’m'a take it online” http://tr.im/qoAa 
 
“Just because the journalism business is going to hell…doesn’t mean that journalism isn’t thriving” http://tr.im/qonF by @jackshafer 
 
“The Not-So-Hidden Politics of Class Online” http://tr.im/qlWL Facebook, MySpace and privileged spaces online, by @zephoria 
 
New at the Lab: In a new era for sports journalism, news orgs battle leagues for more open access http://tr.im/qlEB 
 
Instructive failure: Five lessons for building a hyperlocal news site — from one that’s shuttering tomorrow http://tr.im/qkPo 
 
@MacDivaONA You’d have to look at expenses. Steady or slightly lower traffic with fewer staffers is net positive — financially, at least. 
 
New at the Lab: How ambient visual data can make news sites user-friendly http://tr.im/qitQ 
 
Checking in with 11 newspapers that have gone online-only http://tr.im/qits (It’s a useful list but too focused on traffic.) 
 
@roseg Haha, yes, I’m a person: @zseward http://bit.ly/LSIa3 I guess you’d prefer this feed be more… personal? I could do that! 
 
You won’t miss them — that’s the point — but 37 major news sites have rolled out those new ad units http://tr.im/qir1 
 
Good morning! Doing some work this week on memes and viral culture with respect to news. Got any links I should check out? Thanks. 
 
29
Jun
Very cool screensaver mashes up New York Times headlines and Flickr http://tr.im/qd7k (via @donohoe
 
@sugarblum Glad you enjoyed it! You might like the stuff our colleagues do here: http://nieman.harvard.edu/narrative/home.aspx 
 
New series at the Lab: Whither sports journalism as leagues and players provide coverage of themselves? http://tr.im/qc16 
 
@mistersugar Thanks. Agreed that there could never be a code of ethics for all bloggers. Maybe among smaller groups of bloggers, though. 
 
@gwfrink3 That was just a quote from the piece, but I think you’re right that some sluggishness is OK as long as servers hold up. 
 
Ad networks to blame for sluggish performance of news sites as MJ news broke on Thursday http://tr.im/qb0H (via @c4cm
 
Puerto Rico’s only English-language daily newspaper is a non-profit with a motley assortment of funders http://tr.im/qaoZ 
 
On the bar code’s 35th birthday, Mario Garcia ruminates on their place in newspaper design http://tr.im/q9qM 
 
New at the Lab: Strategic bankruptcy might be the best way for some newspapers to end up in local hands http://tr.im/qalL 
 
“How can any system that doesn’t work precisely when people need it the most be considered the future of communications?” http://tr.im/qafl 
 
New at the Lab: Spot.Us, pioneer of crowdfunded journalism, plans expansion to other cities http://tr.im/qa70 
 
From 911 to TMZ to @CNNbrk to bit.ly, how Michael Jackson’s death spread across the web http://tr.im/q9rQ (via @maryvale
 
Interview with Ezra Klein (American Prospect –> WaPo) and Ross Douthat (Atlantic –> NYT) on their moves http://tr.im/q9ir 
 
AOL’s strategy: leanly staffed news sites focused on lucrative niches (Daily Finance, PoliticsDaily, etc.) http://tr.im/q9ga 
 
Tools and tricks for citizen journalism by The Uptake http://tr.im/q9cn Part of YouTube’s just-launched Reporters’ Center. 
 
Good morning! In a study of U.S. bloggers, a majority supported some kind of blogging ethics code http://tr.im/q9a2 
 
26
Jun
“Video is not a blog.” Behind the redesign of Boing Boing Video, which features an unusually large player http://tr.im/pTbt 
 
New at the Lab: A single link from Yahoo breaks traffic records at The New York Times http://tr.im/pSG9 
 
News widgets, Twitter, web video, games: How Adobe is integrating Flash with your next TV http://tr.im/pRNw 
 
On email news alerts: The only one I subscribe to pings me when Drudge puts up a siren http://tr.im/pRKQ It’s a great filter. 
 
@EthanZ tweeted, went to dinner, and returned to discover he was an expert on Michael Jackson and Twitter http://tr.im/pRsD 
 
New at the Lab: How Stanford is revamping the Knight journalism fellowships to focus on innovation http://tr.im/pQQh 
 
Yahoo is working on a “fluff-o-meter” to let readers choose how much entertainment and hard news they see http://tr.im/pQtJ 
 
Good morning! YouTube says mobile uploads to the site have increased 400% since the iPhone 3GS was released http://tr.im/pQsf 
 
25
Jun
For book on new forms of storytelling, @nickbilton wants to track analytics “to see when people get bored” http://tr.im/pKZx 
 
@stoicboy @mattmansfield Yeah, they could totally sell the tech if it succeeds. Kramer broaches that possibility at the end of the video. 
 
New at the Lab: In a very cool attempt to rethink classifieds, MinnPost tries “real-time advertising” http://tr.im/pKMs 
 
Sanford saga generated 1.7m page views for The State yesterday http://tr.im/pJTY But here’s why that doesn’t mean $$$ http://tr.im/hwSA 
 
Landmark: Interactive media to overtake newspapers in U.S. ad spending next year (still trails TV, mags) http://tr.im/pJaO 
 
Gov. Schwarzenegger encourages Californians to try balancing state budget with LA Times app http://tr.im/pIKO 
 
CNN corroborates iReport material from Iran by comparing multiple videos of same event. Volume is an asset http://tr.im/pIDz 
 
NYT Co. memo: “May came and went and, contrary to the prediction of one writer, we did not stop printing” http://tr.im/pIt2 
 
New at the Lab: an open-source tool for pushing old stories to new media http://tr.im/pI7B #knc09 
 
Good morning! Even the most devoted print newspaper readers spend 3.7 hours/day online, which is average http://tr.im/pI7n 
 
24
Jun
LA Times videos are on “hiatus” for at least the next month while its staff builds a proprietary player http://tr.im/pDY8 
 
Metrics and benchmarks are essential to online journalism. @MarkBriggs explains the why and how http://tr.im/pCDX 
 
@doingitwrong His explanation may not be satisfactory, but see my interview with Brill here http://bit.ly/mysl4 
 
Thanks @perryhewitt @jbeeker @mathewi for your Bill Wasik questions http://ff.im/4nHT1 I’ll definitely ask them. 
 
New at the Lab: Newsy art project seeks to link disparate communities with storefront video screens http://tr.im/pAMj #knc09