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

@niemanlab archives: August 2009

@imajes Yes, sure, and both recently redesigned. Wasn’t being critical. Just find it interesting. 
@madshrew And they were both recently remade as part of a company-wide redesign. Not a criticism. I just think it’s interesting. 
Geeks only: How similar are the LA Times and Chicago Tribune websites? Have a look at the code (HT @A_L
Clever, if true: Do news sites write about Google Doodles so their stories show up when the logo’s clicked? 
Before redesigning its site, NPR researched user behavior and expectations. Here’s what they found: 
Who, really, is The Associated Press accusing of copyright infringement? (final part of our series) 
Vancouver artist @blprnt creeps himself out by conducting investigative journalism on his Twitter stream 
Call it a best-of album: the most-frequently favorited tweet from 19 journalism-minded Twitter users 
C-SPAN has a big interview. Washington Post’s @EzraKlein, a big audience. So they’re throwing in together 
Linked today in a NYT memo: Twitter discussion of the “link economy” f/t @mathewi @TimObrienNYT @harrisj 
Good morning! Really dig this TIME cover from 1953: “Amateur Photography: Every man his own artist” 
@bergus @JTEMPLERMN @howardweaver @johnrobinson Appreciated your concerns about the delay and tried to answer here 
The document I’ve been reporting on: “Protect, Point, Pay — An Associated Press Plan for Reclaiming News Online” 
@howardweaver @johnrobinson Literally, the answer is because my boss is on the phone. Will post, explain. Been working nonstop. 
Latest from “AP CONFIDENTIAL” memo: What the Associated Press’ tracking beacon is — and what it isn’t 
Hah! The Steal-o-Meter: @mediatwit rates various methods of excerpting, aggregating, and linking to others 
How Us Weekly prepared for an onslaught of traffic to its exclusive Michael Jackson video 
RT @felixsalmon: I respond to @NiemanLab‘s discussion of the AP trying to SEO its Googlejuice: 
@gwfrink3 @scottkarp With just AP content on topic pages, seems imbalanced. But if member content were included and they shared revenue… 
Can’t tell you how often I’ve referred to @ksablan‘s post on “topic pages for journalism.” Really useful 
@gwfrink3 Yeah, it will be interesting to see how the AP makes the case to clients that there’s balance in the relationship. 
Are ads on NYT, ESPN, WSJ more effective than on portals like AOL, Yahoo? Publishers, naturally, say yes 
@gwfrink3 Certainly, if it caused clients to leave AP, then it’s not brilliant. But if they stay, they’d likely have no choice. 
More from “AP CONFIDENTIAL” memo: How the Associated Press plans to rival Wikipedia in search results 
Good morning! Among the most popular YouTube videos, 23% are user-generated, 36% professional, 36% pirated 
@wikisignpost I’ll expand on that tomorrow. Anything good been written about Wikipedia’s dominance in search results? 
And as always, keeping track of the Twitter reactions here: Thanks for all your responses! 
Good comments on our report of AP’s plans to hold back some web content from members — including from AP 
@ehelm Interesting question. Don’t know, but I’ll see if I can find out. Whole plan is work in progress, so AP’s answer is probably “maybe.” 
@Chanders Doesn’t entirely answer your question, but AP has told us previously that 2% of nat’l wire comes from members 
Exclusive: The AP, rethinking web syndication, plans to hold back some online content from member websites 
“We have a motivation and incentive to distribute our content broadly.” Why MSNBC lets you embed its video 
Regarding the emotional impact of baby-killer mug shots: Print 1, Internet 0 
The most popular times for watching online video are 12 pm – 3 pm and 11 pm – 1 am (via @mtdukes
Why the New York Times Co. might not be as quick to sell the Boston Globe as you’d think 
@LyndaSylvia @bmclaughlin Well, since you have to pay for access to much of, they may have lower traffic but higher revenue. 
Good morning! Top 10 print-media sites in U.S.: NY Times, USA Today, People, Washington Post, TV Guide… 
Brief thoughts on the brief lifespans of brief URLs: what news sites can do 
@RoddyOr Yeah, seems like the chronological streams are better as an option or additional feature rather than the main interface. 
@ClaraJeffery Thanks, will try! I heart Mother Jones! 
@RoddyOr Interesting, thanks. You mean, it doesn’t work for you as a user? 
Recent news-stream experiments — Times Wire, BBC News Radar, — stress time over importance 
And related to @currybet‘s question, remember: It’s never the coffee that’s free 
A good question from @currybet: What’s more enticing from a local café — free newspapers or free WiFi? 
HSBC ad campaign recruits five prolific commenters from New York magazine’s website (concept > execution) 
@Chanders @charlesarthur @mathewi @marcelinnz If “exclusive content” is in addition to stuff currently produced, then… “pay summer home.” 
Re cheese and artisanal news, @brianboyer points to and @TakomaCubsFan asks key follow-up: how would it smell? 
@charlesarthur Yeah, sounds different. Can’t see @s_m_i‘s tweet, but I didn’t call it a paywall. Do you more about what’s being considered? 
If it’s good enough for cheese: What would artisanal news look like? 
Regarding the data on streaming TV shows, @ExBud notes that it’s half of *online* Americans ages 18-24, not all Americans.