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@niemanlab archives: July 2009

31
Jul
@jcstearns There were plans to do that, I think, but at the moment, it’s not open. 
 
Video from The Guardian’s hack day: Integrating e-commerce into articles http://tr.im/uVzo Alerting reporters to comments http://tr.im/uVzE 
 
@AmyCerbone @jcstearns Haha, I’m loyal to tr.im because their API allows for our own “real-time news service” http://nieman.40twits.com 
 
@greglinch Hah, yeah, I use @trimurls to facilitate our own “real-time news service” http://nieman.40twits.com c/o @davewiner 
 
Bit.ly, at one billion clicks a month, plans “real-time news service” based on most-popular links http://tr.im/uUZW 
 
NPR’s newly redesigned site has the best 404 page in news http://tr.im/uUzu (via @acarvin
 
Good morning! The average price for seven-day home delivery of a U.S. print newspaper is $3.66 a week http://tr.im/uUaQ 
 
30
Jul
@scottkarp In that case, no, they can’t track where it was reused, just that it was copied. 
 
@scottkarp @mathewi Yeah, and it’s also possible for publishers to shut off the “read more” links entirely and still use the backend. 
 
Pay wall produces almost no revenue for Arkansas newspaper, but publisher calls it a success. Here’s why: http://tr.im/uMoI 
 
“Get me rewrite!” New York Times shifts night rewrite to the web desk, broadens job’s scope. Internal memo: http://tr.im/uMfg 
 
@jdeckersacto What don’t you like? I find it very similar to the old version and not particularly elegant on my small-screen BlackBerry. 
 
In redesigning mobile site, Washington Post dedicates two editors to managing it http://tr.im/uLQY (I think that’s unusual.) 
 
@maryvale Nice! Let me know if the Sun ends up using it. Also, it’s possible to use the backend w/o giving readers those “read more” links. 
 
@malcolmcoles I find it annoying, too, but think the best part of the service is the backend. Publishers can shut off the “read more” link. 
 
Here’s a very cool way for news sites to measure reader engagement: how often their content is copied http://tr.im/uKWZ 
 
“What a persuasive-technology psychologist can tell us about paying for news online.” Not to force it http://tr.im/uKQC 
 
Designing a news site that doesn’t look like a news site: we probe the philosophy of the new AnnArbor.com http://tr.im/uKlN 
 
@srpriego I like that it has an official statement from the Boston Fire Department, eyewitness accounts, and a photo. All the usual stuff. 
 
This is what a breaking news report based entirely on Twitter looks like: http://tr.im/uJVO 
 
@rowlikeagirl Interesting. It does seem like there’s tons of crossover. I think a lot of it is through sites like Digg. 
 
@andrewkling Yeah, it feels like a real shift, with more Americans getting not only foreign news but general-interest news from the UK. 
 
Good morning! More than a third of traffic to U.K. newspaper sites arrives from the U.S. http://tr.im/uJH9 
 
29
Jul
Why the New York Times is crowing about its (unpaid) product placement in Apple’s iPhone ads http://tr.im/uAQn 
 
Trend to keep an eye on: As British papers die off, local governments are producing “propaganda” tabloids http://tr.im/uACJ 
 
28
Jul
@eric_andersen I believe it does, but all the numbers are a little (or maybe a lot) rough because they’re self-reported. 
 
Time spent on the Internet appears to have leveled off in the U.S. at 12 hours per week http://tr.im/urqV 
 
RT @citmedialaw: European Court of Justice rules that eleven-word snippets can infringe copyright http://tr.im/uq67 
 
Hacking, yes, but no coding required: @simonw lists 11 tools for non-developers to build news applications http://tr.im/upNV 
 
Yes, the Sacramento Bee’s 49ers blog is popular. But its beatblog on state workers has double the pageviews http://tr.im/uoXy 
 
Good morning! For a recent cover, TIME used an amateur’s shot on iStockphoto. Cost: $30 http://tr.im/uoyg (via @fimoculous
 
27
Jul
Lost my temper earlier with Jack Stokes of @AP_CorpComm because no one at the AP will answer my questions about their copyright stance. 
 
@mathewi I agree, mostly. Added some further thoughts in responding to a @scottros comment http://3.ly/gvb 
 
@mathewi @stevebuttry $250m actually for all publishers. They won’t disclose estimate for top 25. Convoluted discussion here http://3.ly/rD8 
 
CBS sending a backpack journalist to Afghanistan. With a laptop and camera, she’ll be her own mobile bureau http://tr.im/ufuK 
 
@StellaTran It’s a good question, but I don’t know the answer for print subscriptions. My guess would be more are expensed than online. 
 
Rather than “silver” and “gold” memberships, @MartinLangeveld says the NY Times should charge for niches http://tr.im/ueI8 
 
@TimOBrienNYT @stevebuttry @mathewi WSJ says less than 30% of its online subscriptions are expensed or written off on taxes http://3.ly/QKj 
 
How innovation is encouraged at the New York Times http://tr.im/udro and the Arizona Republic http://tr.im/udse 
 
@c4fcm Wonkette has said traffic and revenue are up since going independent, but they’re still far behind all Gawker sites. Funnier, though! 
 
Care to take a gander at two years of traffic data for Gawker Media’s blogs? http://tr.im/ucwC 
 
For online ads, Disney tracks users’ eye movements, heart rate, skin temperature, and facial expressions http://tr.im/ucvn 
 
Good morning! Financial Times online subscriptions up 18%, but profits down http://tr.im/ucsJ NYT is studying their model. 
 
24
Jul
Have a great weekend, everyone! Here are my 40 most-recent links ranked by your clicks http://nieman.40twits.com 
 
Weekend viewing: NYT’s Khoi Vinh presents, “Everything I know about design I learned in the nineties” http://tr.im/tUCz 
 
Newsroom tours, backstories, tote bags, and an early look at the news: What the NY Times might charge for http://tr.im/tUhm 
 
To wean off foundation support, Voice of San Diego mulls syndication, paid obituaries, for-hire reporting http://tr.im/tTpa 
 
@rissriss222 Thanks for the question! I responded in the comments http://bit.ly/BVHSs 
 
Buy a coffee, get the paper for a penny. Smart promotion — but also a lesson in what you can sell http://tr.im/tSAq 
 
RT @niemanstory: How did a reporter inadvertently help win an NBA playoff game? Check out our latest Notable Narrative http://tr.im/tRGo