Nieman Journalism Lab
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@niemanlab archives: March 2010

Mobile data traffic expected to grow by 40 times in the next 5 years, video a key reason 
ProPublica wants to make you a match, if you’re a local journalist covering the federal loan mod program that is 
Voice of San Diego “engagement editor” sparks interesting comment thread. Should reporters do this job themselves? 
Are you willing to pay for an app? iPhone users are the most wiling (57%), then Blackberry users (33%), Android (16%) 
Saving journalism: an $88 billion task or $660 million? Texas Tribune chairman responds to Alan Mutter 
BBC online video news views up 25% in four months, comscore study finds 
Self-publishing authors will get a crack at the iPad too, thanks to deals with Smashwords and Lulu 
NYT videos that appear within articles are now shareable via embed code (via @davidaKaplan
Collaboration at work: ProPublica tool displayed differences between Senate, House health care bills at a glance 
Good morning! European ad exchange launches to take on Google’s DoubleClick, Yahoo as a more localized competitor 
Cool new job opening: What does an “engagement editor” do? Avoid tree-falling-in-forest syndrome, mostly 
Scientists discover a special magnet to the skull can disrupt moral reasoning. Could the technique save newspapers? 
Tough times for Twitter lovers in India, 96% of companies prohibit social media. (46% of U.S. companies) 
Advertisers are catching on to “hot spotting,” new technology that makes elements in online videos clickable 
How do you measure “recurring reader affection”? Gawker’s ad maven on its branded traffic metric 
Congratulations, Lukas Prize winners! Awards for excellence in nonfiction writing announced today 
Milton Wolf Seminar: Parting thoughts on NGOs as newsmakers, fragmentation, the politics of platforms 
The Guardian gets a homepage redesign 
Another revenue stream? Trib to sell archived photos dating back to early 1900s (via @iwantmedia) 
New York Press Association launches $4 million statewide campaign to sell people on local papers 
What does This American Life look like? A designer visualizes the radio 
Google fixed Buzz privacy concerns in a flash, but 11 House members still want FTC to investigate 
Good morning! Gawker tracks “recurring reader affection” as an impact metric 
Why mobile matters: by third quarter 2011, analysts predict 49% of U.S. cell phone users will have smart phones 
Android users now constitute 42% of AdMob’s US smartphone audience 
Android users now constitute 42% of AdMob’s US smartphone audience 
We need better mapping of our local media ecologies, argues @beyondbroadcast 
Behold, the mother of all Facebook-data infographics (via @mediabistro) 
NewsRoulette and the Daily Me: What would it take, @chanders wonders, to build a true “serendipity-maker”? 
Comscore study suggests online ads can raise site visitation, even if click-through rates are minimal 
“Bring me wonder and magic and I’ll love you forever.” 
Now streaming live: panel on PEJ’s “State of the News Media” report, w/ Vivian Schiller, @jimbradysp, others 
Coder behind Random Guardian creates another serendipity-maker…for the NYT (via @rachelsterne) 
Web’s big boost to magazines? No, not the iPad — selling print subscriptions 
Asian suppliers may now ship 8-10 million iPads in 2010, up from prior estimate of 5+ million 
Journalism’s biggest legal questions answered: come to Harvard April 9th! 
Want to hear experts examine journalism’s biggest legal questions? Come to Harvard on April 9 
FT’s iPad app will be free for 2 months — and then $190 a year 
Is Al Jazeera English practicing the @jeffjarvis idea of networked journalism? 
A short (no surprise!) history of the no fewer than 5 ways Twitter has suggested it could make money 
Good morning! Yahoo exec says they’ve integrated ad sales across platforms, boast an advantage in mobile 
Because it is Friday: the difference between “nerd,” “dork,” and “geek” explained…in a Venn diagram (via @macloo) 
News Corp’s UK titles to pull out of Nexis; they’ll remain on Murdoch-owned Factiva 
Employers’ most sought-after tech skills: the JournalismJobs content analysis! (via @10000Words) 
Magazine publishers can imagine a new kind of cover for the iPad. Sunset releases neat mockup of ocean scene 
Facebook JavaScript library suggests its Insight tool is being prepared to take on Google Analytics 
Wikipedia to get a new look in April; will affect both the editing and the user sides 
‘Nearby,’ 2.0: Google’s search redesign may display users’ location–prominently–in search results 
Smartphones are on track to outnumber feature phones in the US by 2011 
Collaboration in action: Frontline, Planet Money, NewsHour team up for a multimedia project on Haiti