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@niemanlab archives: November 2009

30
Nov
@spf2 @hourlypress Hah, guess that’s a peril of handing editorial control to the crowd. But with so many tweets, maybe that spam is news? 
 
Newspaper obits hardly dead, finds Medill report, which sees a future in social networks for the deceased http://tr.im/Geej 
 
Washington Post launches a “how the sausage is made” blog for the backstories and detritus of its articles http://tr.im/GdXx 
 
Thanking its readers, Talking Points Memo lists the top 10 tips that have come through its inbox this year http://tr.im/GcvV 
 
Why the Boston Globe’s local search project never caught on (and how they salvaged it) http://tr.im/Gco1 
 
The Guardian’s whiz-bang developers help a Zimbabwean news site in exile with SEO, analytics, topic pages http://tr.im/Gcjm 
 
After a New Zealand news site began to charge, pageviews were down, of course, but so were other metrics http://tr.im/GcaY 
 
Good morning! Amazon says Kindle sales set a record in November http://tr.im/GbZ1 while the Nook is scarce http://tr.im/GbZg 
 
24
Nov
Business Week executive editor @JohnAByrne is leaving “to launch a new digital media company” http://tr.im/FHDs 
 
Handy chart on fundamental differences between TV and Web as “velocity of media consumption” increases http://tr.im/FHcG 
 
Cartoonist, who calls herself an “information radical,” documents how she made $55,000 giving away her work http://tr.im/FH3S 
 
Video, maps, deep links, catalog photos, and comparison shopping: Google reviews its newest ad formats http://tr.im/FGTL 
 
Shoes you can use made of news http://tr.im/FGqL 
 
@kboutelle I don’t have a great sense of newspaper pricing, but in general, higher demand = higher prices. It’s all about balance. 
 
Why are major newspaper companies charging double or more for their Thanksgiving editions? The ads, natch http://tr.im/FFQP 
 
Small thing I like about NYT’s new BlackBerry app: Headlines dim to gray after you’ve read the story http://tr.im/FFDg 
 
“Can news orgs be everywhere?” @Lavrusik ponders a ubiquitous social-media strategy. Good comments, too http://tr.im/FFw7 
 
GlobalPost’s business model includes an investment research firm paying for special reports from China http://tr.im/FFpJ 
 
23
Nov
@meaghano Hah, yeah, it’s definitely a “better than nothing” strategy at this point. We’d love to and hope to do more. 
 
“Sometimes our search results can be offensive. We agree,” reads a new Google house ad http://tr.im/FBY5 
 
@jcstearns All tweets hit Tumblr, Facebook, and FriendFeed using Ping.fm — sort of a “why not” strategy. Wish we did more in those spaces. 
 
@cophotog @mariancw Agreed. “Go where your audience is.” Like us: ~30% of traffic through Twitter. Only 9.5% of visitors are to front page. 
 
RT @bigboxcar: We have a tumblr, too. Not nearly nice as Newsweek’s http://minnpost.tumblr.com | Us, “too!” http://niemanlab.tumblr.com 
 
Speaking of news orgs on Tumblr, @NYT_JenPreston says the NY Times is getting in on that “very soon” http://tr.im/FBAJ 
 
Nice. Newsweek has a Tumblr, and it looks good, links out http://tr.im/FBtW (HT @bigboxcar
 
NYT’s Bill Keller dropped the term “living articles” in speech to staff; said it could be a “major venture” http://tr.im/CxzG 
 
@jcstearns Hadn’t seen that. Thanks! 
 
@caaquino Thanks! We’ll be folding it into the site soon, but all credit for the concept and execution is due to @laheadle and his crew. 
 
NYT tries a “living article” for global warming http://tr.im/FBeD Andrew @Revkin explains what he’s up to http://tr.im/FBeM 
 
@jcstearns Sure have! We linked to it last week. http://tr.im/FB2B 
 
Lots of news about news this morning. I was away, so I’m catching up algorithmically: http://niemanlab.hourlypress.com/ 
 
20
Nov
Have a great weekend! Here are my 40 most-recent links ranked by your clicks http://nieman.40twits.com/ 
 
@nickgould Hah, yeah, but not quite as polite as “refined.” 
 
How Steve Brill has adjusted his pay-for-news pitch: I take a close look at his public comments this year http://tr.im/FoeB 
 
NYT’s Chicago edition debuted today without paid ads http://tr.im/FnZj Bay Area edition had a half-pager http://tr.im/C2uj 
 
The AP literally tore apart Sarah Palin’s book to scan and search their exclusive copy http://tr.im/FnP4 (HT @jenny8lee
 
Fox Sports challenging ESPN, Comcast, and regional newspapers in big fight for local markets on the web http://tr.im/Fn6u 
 
Important! Part two of @dannysullivan‘s interview with Josh Cohen of Google News. Lots of great advice http://tr.im/FmZP 
 
Take a look at the huge infographic on A1 of the The Daily Herald in Everett, WA yesterday http://tr.im/FmV7 
 
As the FTC takes a look at the news industry, an argument for giving nonprofits their due http://tr.im/FmQ3 
 
Good morning! BBC News gets 29% of UK traffic from search engines. And now its headlines are SEO-friendly http://tr.im/FmM0 
 
19
Nov
Gawker calls it a “completely inexplicable media crossover” — animated New Yorker cartoons on the Xbox http://tr.im/Fkco 
 
Intelligent failure: “What Happens When Stuff Breaks On NPR.org” http://tr.im/FjIK 
 
“What’s happening?” is Twitter’s new prompt for status updates http://tr.im/FjnN Facebook asks, “What’s on your mind?” 
 
MSNBC may develop EveryBlock, the local-info aggregator, on its own instead of folding it into MSNBC.com http://tr.im/Fjb6 
 
@mojo_girl Haha, yeah, that would definitely skew it. But, no, it was a self-reported survey. 
 
Need a lawyer? @citmedialaw‘s new Online Media Legal Network can help you out. Launching today http://tr.im/Fi6d 
 
Good morning! The median age of Twitter users is 31. On Facebook, it’s 33; MySpace, 26; and LinkedIn, 39 http://tr.im/Fi51 
 
18
Nov
Techmeme, the invaluable tech-news aggregator, adds three more human editors, doubling its staff http://tr.im/FfkY 
 
New York Times is ditching Times Extra, which nobody used, and rethinking the best way to link out http://tr.im/Ff8d