Nieman Journalism Lab
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@niemanlab archives: September 2010

Genius! David Simon is among the winners of this year’s MacArthur fellowships 
Good morning! Per @nicknotned, “a Facebook edition could be Gawker’s future” 
“journalism needs a better understanding of how its products could actually be used to effect change” 
“Can’t we know people through their writing? Is face-to-face contact the only way to build strong ties?” 
Just imagining what the @niemanlab Twitter TV show would be like 
Chicago’s Better Govt Assn has been investigating corruption since Al Capone. Here’s what it’s like in a digital age 
You launched your startup. Now what? 
What should a good government organization look like in 2010? 
Why buy an ad on Forbes when you can buy your own blog? 
The AP is developing an app that brings the logic of ad circulars to iPads and smartphones 
“In an IM Denton sent me…he wrote, ‘You can write anything as long as you mention I tripled the traffic both times.’” 
Author of the Facebook Effect lays out five myths about the networking giant 
New Twitter ad platform gets mixed reviews from marketers 
Why impatience is a virtue…and also a vice 
Meet Library Systems & Services, the private company that runs the fifth-largest library system in the US 
Pulitzer winner, en route to new gig with @WSJ, uses prize money to create fund for “Rural Computer-Assisted Reporting” 
Some news about Apple: per a Pew study, the company commands an inordinate amount of media attention 
Good morning! Condé Nast creates an award for business savvy among its editors, publishers 
Got a free couch? Adopt a hacker 
Foreign Policy experiments with ebook publishing, giving new life to dispatches from Afghanistan 
Journal Register teams up with to create Philly portal 
What’s the impact of SEO on journalists? Reporting from the field 
Beauty and usability: new trends in digital design, featuring ideas from @jbenton 
But does she blog? Barbie gets her 125th job, journalist 
“Forums can be inscrutable to outsiders. And they get far less attention than the other two culture-drivers” 
Google’s Eric Schmidt: “People are willing to spend an awful lot of money on fake animals.” 
Catch up on this week in the future of news 
Which coffee shops does Malcolm Gladwell like best? That and more in WSJ’s new weekend section (via @iwantmedia
Catch up on all your future of news news with the latest installment of This Week in Review 
Looks like Verizon is following in AT&T’s footsteps with tiered data plans and a cap 
Good morning! Has the UK Times’ paywall killed its blogs? 
Vkontakte spanks Facebook in Russia 
@jkandel thanks to @mthomps
Some neat graphics on the state of the blogosphere 
Couldn’t make the Block by Block conference in Chicago? Catch it streaming live 
Peter Rojas on the Web: “It’s sort of a tragedy of the commons where the tragedy is our attention” 
New Newsonomics column: how the news biz is figuring out the middleman (Apple) 
Does your news org chase traffic or drive traffic? Reports from the field on SEO 
Trained professional, or slave to Google Trends? How some journalists think about SEO in the newsroom 
Hearst puts some skin in the game, offers “financial rewards” for employees whose ideas go into development 
Why the Apple/newspaper tiff matters so much 
Huffington on Downie slam: “We need to stop pretending that we can somehow hop into a journalistic Way Back Machine” 
Facebook signed on to Nielsen experiment meant to improve data given to online advertisers 
Traffic has increased four fold since the NYT foreign pages and the IHT integrated online to form the Times Global edition… 
Journal Register teams up with to launch a Philly-centric portal 
Len Downie says HuffPo draws traffic from “titillating gossip and sex” 
Forbes gets a Facelift 
Good morning! Twitter will launch a real-time analytics dashboard later this year 
John Cook on his return to Gawker: “I think Nick Denton is going to win the Internet.” 
“There’s a role to be filled by providing simplicity, a more limited universe of choices, and information underload.”