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@niemanlab archives: July 2009

@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 Alerting reporters to comments 
@AmyCerbone @jcstearns Haha, I’m loyal to because their API allows for our own “real-time news service” 
@greglinch Hah, yeah, I use @trimurls to facilitate our own “real-time news service” c/o @davewiner, at one billion clicks a month, plans “real-time news service” based on most-popular links 
NPR’s newly redesigned site has the best 404 page in news (via @acarvin
Good morning! The average price for seven-day home delivery of a U.S. print newspaper is $3.66 a week 
@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: 
“Get me rewrite!” New York Times shifts night rewrite to the web desk, broadens job’s scope. Internal memo: 
@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 (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 
“What a persuasive-technology psychologist can tell us about paying for news online.” Not to force it 
Designing a news site that doesn’t look like a news site: we probe the philosophy of the new 
@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: 
@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. 
Why the New York Times is crowing about its (unpaid) product placement in Apple’s iPhone ads 
Trend to keep an eye on: As British papers die off, local governments are producing “propaganda” tabloids 
@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 
RT @citmedialaw: European Court of Justice rules that eleven-word snippets can infringe copyright 
Hacking, yes, but no coding required: @simonw lists 11 tools for non-developers to build news applications 
Yes, the Sacramento Bee’s 49ers blog is popular. But its beatblog on state workers has double the pageviews 
Good morning! For a recent cover, TIME used an amateur’s shot on iStockphoto. Cost: $30 (via @fimoculous
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 
@mathewi @stevebuttry $250m actually for all publishers. They won’t disclose estimate for top 25. Convoluted discussion here 
CBS sending a backpack journalist to Afghanistan. With a laptop and camera, she’ll be her own mobile bureau 
@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 
@TimOBrienNYT @stevebuttry @mathewi WSJ says less than 30% of its online subscriptions are expensed or written off on taxes 
How innovation is encouraged at the New York Times and the Arizona Republic 
@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? 
For online ads, Disney tracks users’ eye movements, heart rate, skin temperature, and facial expressions 
Good morning! Financial Times online subscriptions up 18%, but profits down NYT is studying their model. 
Have a great weekend, everyone! Here are my 40 most-recent links ranked by your clicks 
Weekend viewing: NYT’s Khoi Vinh presents, “Everything I know about design I learned in the nineties” 
Newsroom tours, backstories, tote bags, and an early look at the news: What the NY Times might charge for 
To wean off foundation support, Voice of San Diego mulls syndication, paid obituaries, for-hire reporting 
@rissriss222 Thanks for the question! I responded in the comments 
Buy a coffee, get the paper for a penny. Smart promotion — but also a lesson in what you can sell 
RT @niemanstory: How did a reporter inadvertently help win an NBA playoff game? Check out our latest Notable Narrative