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@niemanlab archives: December 2009

31
Dec
Economist says journalists with expertise and reputation will fare well. Others? Not so much. http://j.mp/7dO24d 
 
Good morning! The average YouTube user watched 83 clips in October. That’s up from 53 the year prior. http://j.mp/8oknwM 
 
30
Dec
Note service Evernote reached 2 million users in half the time it took to get 1 million. http://j.mp/4tgUzy 
 
Silicon Alley Insider suggests you check out original articles for “quotes and context.” Example: http://j.mp/6Mx1OK 
 
What’s it like to get 100 followers per hour? @anildash looks at life on Twitter’s suggested user list. http://j.mp/7tagRc 
 
29
Dec
Good morning! If you’re feeling retrospective, here’s a big collection of 2009′s “Media About Media.” http://j.mp/78XAvq 
 
28
Dec
Here’s a fun look at pre-launch iPhone prognostications http://j.mp/7mtFc0 “The AppleBerry”? 
 
Interesting idea for 2010: publishing orgs should buy mobile app development companies. http://j.mp/6J5O36 
 
23
Dec
With 138 million global visitors in Nov., Yahoo News is still the biggest news site no one talks about. http://j.mp/4oyMm5 
 
The Onion A.V. Club uses paragraphs, numbers and lists to make long-form content palatable online. http://j.mp/4HtbGa 
 
“Responsible communication” just became a very important phrase for Canadian journalists. http://j.mp/5Purc7 
 
Good morning! If you’re 30-39 years old, a Harris Poll says you’ll spend 18 hours online this week. http://j.mp/4NMp7o 
 
22
Dec
BusinessWeek.com gets 45% of its traffic from search. That’s up from 20% in ’06, says @johnabyrne. http://j.mp/8hyECS 
 
The Journalism Shop, a News Challenge applicant, wants to keep veteran journalists in the game. http://j.mp/7Jf3Qy 
 
.@jcstearns Texas Trib used Illustrator, After Effects and Final Cut Pro for Stump Interrupted. More here: http://j.mp/6gbEsZ 
 
It took 3 programs and “dozens” of hours for Texas Tribune to create this Stump Interrupted video: http://j.mp/6MVaAY 
 
ESPN (No. 8) and CNN (No. 10) among the top 10 sites accessed via mobile phones in ’09. Google is No. 1. http://j.mp/5XwHOj 
 
Readers average more than 23 minutes per month on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s site. http://j.mp/5Ij9SZ 
 
Good morning! Internet use among Latino adults rose 10% between ’06 and ’08, a new Pew study finds. http://j.mp/5u5qhs 
 
21
Dec
A look at the bonds and blurred lines between news outlets, aid organizations and citizen journalists. http://j.mp/7s1myd 
 
How much is a blog worth? The once popular but now rarely updated PVRblog.com just sold for $12k. http://j.mp/65x9hG 
 
News challenge hopeful Homicide Watch D.C. uses social media and reporting for victim-centric coverage. http://j.mp/4scV7c 
 
Coupon service Groupon is piggybacking on the sharing habits users honed on Facebook and Twitter. http://j.mp/62zVvY 
 
Reporting shaped MLB Network’s “pivotal moment” during Alex Rodriguez steroid story, says on-air analyst. http://j.mp/6wNAC4 
 
It’s still early, but it looks like the move from free to paid didn’t hurt the Shazam iPhone app. http://j.mp/89oJBT 
 
Good morning! Geographic ad targeting is only used by 51% of web publishers. http://j.mp/7C6aDE 
 
18
Dec
Have a great weekend! Here are our 40 most-recent links ranked by your clicks http://ping.fm/eKnbQ 
 
Looks like tr.im is having problems. Here’s a different link for the News Challenge story: http://bit.ly/4QQxBD 
 
Final News Challenge numbers: 2,489 applications. 65% were submitted through the closed category. http://tr.im/I17f 
 
 
It’s interesting to watch Twitter’s unintended transformations, like its API becoming a de facto standard. http://tr.im/I06R 
 
This panorama gives Boston.com’s Big Picture a run for its money: http://tr.im/HZDd via @techcrunch 
 
News Challenge applicant 101 Source wants to take Q&A to a new level. http://tr.im/HZaD 
 
Something to watch: The Netflix Prize could be a precursor to a looming data vs. privacy battle. http://tr.im/HYMw 
 
Good morning! More than 75% of House Beautiful magazine subscriptions are sold online. http://tr.im/HYOM 
 
17
Dec
A fascinating look at the hidden language of menus. http://tr.im/HVai Could be a great interactive feature 
 
A study finds around 70% of newspaper Twitter feeds are updated manually. http://tr.im/HUFa via @chanders 
 
We’re rounding up interesting News Challenge proposals this week. Share yours here: http://tr.im/HTTU 
 
Better aggregation through geography: News Challenge applicant FollowIndy keeps its eye on Indianapolis. http://tr.im/HTTU 
 
Time-lapse videos show the flow of traffic to NYTimes.com on the day of Michael Jackson’s death http://tr.im/HTGt 
 
Online music service Pandora is adding 600,000 new registered users per week. And it’s making money. http://tr.im/HSNf 
 
Is “top and to the left” the new “above the fold”? Google’s Browser Size tool suggests that’s the case. http://tr.im/HSUb 
 
Good morning! A Facebook study finds 11% of U.S. users are African-American, 9% are Latino, 6% are Asian. http://tr.im/HSPS 
 
16
Dec
Did you submit a News Challenge proposal? Tell us about it in the comments here: http://tr.im/HNOI 
 
@nhadtwit hmm, just worked for me. Sometimes it’s a little screwy. 
 
Looks like the New York Times’ new URL shortener (nyti.ms) is rolling out in staff tweets: http://tr.im/HONE 
 
NewsGraf has a big hairy audacious goal: show connections between newsmakers in a format anyone can use. http://tr.im/HNOI 
 
Cartoonist associations are expanding membership boundaries to counter print’s contraction. http://tr.im/HObT 
 
Email is the most used sharing tool (46%), according to makers of the ShareThis button. http://tr.im/HNWi /via @NAA_Community 
 
@gabosama Not yet. Hoping to get details on that very soon, though.