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

@niemanlab archives: January 2010

29
Jan
Journalism startups should “go pure mobile” Geek squad founder says. Worry about a computer application later http://j.mp/8fNV9T 
 
Young readers wish the Kindle had photos, color and a touchscreen. If only that product existed…http://j.mp/dxcn3E 
 
Time Warner Cable plans to deliver localized interactive ads to 7 million homes this year http://j.mp/bqBsBX 
 
AOL’s Seed shepherds a citizen journo project for Spinner: 6 weeks, 2,000 SXSW band profiles, $50 per item http://j.mp/aAPeB4 
 
It’s been a big news week for the future of news: iPad, NYT paywall, Newsday 35. Mark Coddington sums it up http://j.mp/a4tYt4 
 
Hoping for an iTunes effect on print media, president of Conde Nast Digital calls iPad a “game-changer” http://j.mp/awvSAc 
 
Good Morning! Online ad spending expected to rise 8.9% in 2010. Newspaper ads to drop 5%, magazines 3% http://j.mp/bDgYbt 
 
28
Jan
Web marketer says Facebook is hitting “tech lock in,” better known as “worldwide domination” http://j.mp/cbgsMM 
 
Google exec says NYT paywall won’t make money: “It’s too easy to bypass” http://j.mp/aJVB55 
 
Bloomberg may launch a $100 million site on the intersection of biz and politics, employing 40-50 http://j.mp/cPVVZS 
 
Bono’s private equity firm will invest up to $100 million in Yelp, home to 9 million user-generated reviews http://j.mp/dwF399 
 
Publisher XXL aims to cash in on rising ad revenue in women’s magazines http://j.mp/994ta2 
 
Hunting for new revenue stream, WSJ to launch travel service http://j.mp/7KaGox 
 
From consumer behavior to ads: Five ways the iPad will (or won’t) change the game for journalism: http://j.mp/bqKwRB 
 
Good morning! Postal subsidies once saved journalism $2 billion a year (in 2009 dollars), today: $288 million http://j.mp/coVOnq 
 
27
Jan
Study shows U.S. journalism has always benefited from gov’t subsidies. Recently, support has plummeted. http://j.mp/coVOnq 
 
Got a question for Obama? CitizenTube makes SOTU interactive http://j.mp/b32TH5 
 
McClatchy CEO hints at a paywall http://j.mp/cTU6xQ 
 
In a move to avoid regulation, ad industry agrees to a new privacy icon http://j.mp/9dcejm 
 
iPad: $499 starting price. Discuss at the Lab’s liveblog http://bit.ly/bcYsv8 
 
Sorry for the churning, our liveblog tool, coveritlive, is experiencing some technical difficulties. We’re waiting it out. 
 
Reminder: Josh Benton will host an Apple announcmeent liveblog with special guests at 1 pm EST. http://j.mp/bhaU7Y 
 
Join us at 1pm EST for liveblogging of Apple’s tablet unveiling. What will it mean for journalism? http://j.mp/bhaU7Y 
 
Good Morning! On Apple tablet day, remember magazines, you got a third, $5.6 million, of iphone’s launch budget http://j.mp/aBVJRK 
 
26
Jan
Newsday paywall update: 3 months later, 35 subscribers http://j.mp/d7wJSY 
 
Deadline for Taylor Award for “fairness” in reporting is coming up. Grand prize: $10K http://j.mp/9rSPHg 
 
There’s a click, and then there’s a click. Point system hopes to measure full “value” of online marketing http://j.mp/5EVngh 
 
Printers of Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Rolling Stone expected to merge http://j.mp/8wChJ1 
 
Will NYT profit from its paywall? Could you turn your tumblr into a cash cow? Play Paywall to find out! http://j.mp/7TOLqN 
 
Good morning! Click a broken link yesterday? My fault. I’m @lkmcgann, it’s my 2nd day at the Lab. Excited! http://j.mp/lyJp 
 
25
Jan
Twitter smokes all other Internet startups in pocketing “paralyzed” venture capital in ’09 http://j.mp/70BTx1 
 
Swimming upstream, nonprofit @MinnPost ad sales rise 35% in 2009 http://j.mp/4wfR0x 
 
At least three days running for Facebook privacy story as NYT “most emailed”: http://j.mp/4z8wA1 
 
Did a story make a splash? 76% of journos use traffic stats when deciding: http://j.mp/7Vq2I6 
 
TV stations “salivating” over predicted $300 million boost in ad sales thanks to campaign finance decision: http://j.mp/6vgdT6 
 
22
Jan
Google is now accepting your simple and structured questions. http://j.mp/7P5MnE 
 
Coke bought ad space on external websites to drive people to its Facebook app. http://j.mp/5YZ6FJ 
 
A for-profit advocate is now the EIC of the nonprofit Bay Area News Project. Here’s what that might mean. http://j.mp/7DYjcM 
 
The week in review: the NY Times’ meter, tablet talk gets loud, MediaNews bankruptcy, and a lot more. http://j.mp/7dySec 
 
Staffers at the Bay Area News Project will include reporters (as you’d expect) and community managers. http://j.mp/5IGxoG 
 
Good morning! GQ’s Dec. and Jan. iPhone apps netted around $40,000 combined. http://j.mp/7n1NsJ 
 
21
Jan
@JennBeckett Well played! (Working on getting back online btw … sorry for the delay!) 
 
Does mainstream media have a future? @jimbarnett26 looks at that and other questions asked by the FCC. http://j.mp/8uGfl5 
 
Facebook, Twitter and blogs accounted for 6.46% of NYTimes.com’s Dec. ’09 traffic, reports @venturebeat. http://j.mp/6Xtkqm 
 
Is Apple mulling its own search technology? The idea pops up in this BusinessWeek piece: http://j.mp/8UDqll 
 
In a notable shift, Amazon is letting ebook publishers manage their own digital rights management. http://j.mp/8b1bwQ 
 
The Guardian’s site gets around 100k searches per weekday. @CurryBet shows how they put that data to use. http://j.mp/5fGQ1C 
 
Mediaite plans to apply its Power Grid (e.g. http://j.mp/5M6aNL) to the geek sector. http://j.mp/5NT8NX 
 
Good morning! It’s a good time to be a music lover. Nearly 400 services offer 11 million tracks. http://j.mp/8Q8jzl (PDF) 
 
20
Jan
Ars Technica wiped out excerpts in its redesign. Article text now appears higher on the page. http://j.mp/7a4g0g