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@niemanlab archives: March 2011

31
Mar
The coder behind paywall-jumping NYTClean got a letter from the legal department of The New York Times http://nie.mn/dM9d1c 
 
Newspaper CEO on digital revenue: “We’d have to grow it at 80% or more to make up the [print] losses” http://nie.mn/gKXbbB 
 
5,000 fish! Smithsonian scientists use Facebook to crowdsource their research (via @BBCPhilippaT) http://nie.mn/hRnQmA 
 
Enjoying the convo in the comments of our “Is gaming the NYT stealing?” post. Thoughts to add? http://nie.mn/gc5jg9 
 
RT @CJR: RT @nickbilton NYTimes employees gathering to welcome home 4 reporters taken hostage in Libya last week. http://instagr.am/p/CtH1p/ 
 
Joan Didion + Arianna Huffington = Newspaper Business Model http://nie.mn/dZcICv 
 
.@emilybell: “The first thing we have to do is remind ourselves what the core purpose of journalism is” http://nie.mn/ggKH19 
 
So, #dickbarred? Twitter, citing its desire to keep working on in-app discovery tools, scraps the QuickBar http://nie.mn/fcKsVZ 
 
The best thing we’ve seen today, summed up in five words: “Thom Yorke as a Paperboy” http://nie.mn/eRIG5K 
 
NYT reporter C.J. Chivers is chronicling his reporting from Libya…on his Tumblr (via @gillianmae) http://nie.mn/fnFiFz 
 
A million syllabi culled from the web. Help @robinsloan do something awesome: What data should he parse? http://nie.mn/eVUIKo 
 
“Statistics are like a bikini. What they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.” http://nie.mn/e6rmaO 
 
The question nobody wants to ask: “How long do newspapers have?” http://nie.mn/gKXbbB 
 
“Journalism needs more nerds”: @brianboyer‘s @CJR profile http://nie.mn/e9fi3C 
 
The Open Network Foundation wants to let programmers take control of computer networks http://nie.mn/gogOHP 
 
Good morning! Blogger’s new look wants to “change the typical way people consume content on the web” http://nie.mn/eWsEjg 
 
30
Mar
Gaming the NYT meter: Are the ethics of the digital world different than the ethics of the physical? http://nie.mn/gc5jg9 
 
Erick Schonfeld of @TechCrunch is interviewing Twitter co-founder @jack, right now: http://nie.mn/fw046T 
 
RT @NYTPRGUY: @rafat $40 million is a high guess, but yes marketing is part of the expense of the digital subscription service. 
 
 
Canadians are more willing to pay for ringtones than news, fresh survey finds http://nie.mn/fJM2Lr 
 
@Lavrusik We have been up and down today—very heavy traffic. Working on it! 
 
Don’t see Google’s new +1 button in search results yet? You can manually enable the feature right here: http://nie.mn/fZvk2O 
 
So if you jump the NYT’s paywall…are you stealing? http://nie.mn/gc5jg9 
 
The NY Times pay model is a step toward NPR’s (and don’t call it a paywall!) http://nie.mn/icvHBe 
 
Is paying for news our “civic duty?” Tom Foremski: http://nie.mn/g5UsGs 
 
After a profitable 2010, The Atlantic kicks off a 2011 hiring spree http://nie.mn/eloiIP 
 
RT @lisannette: The surreal life of a journalist in Libya: 3 am pressers, trips to nowhere, sedatives in their food http://bit.ly/gLo0Qe 
 
Blogger says New York paper ripped off his article about tiny giraffes, then taunted him http://nie.mn/exJ3CY 
 
Good morning! @paidContent names the top 50 digital media companies. (Farmville is doing a lot better than the NYT.) http://nie.mn/elSQYR 
 
29
Mar
What’s Project Thunderdome, you ask? Inside Jim Brady’s new job at Journal Register Company nie.mn/eCHFAl 
 
Berkeleyside founder: “An independent online news site can be launched on a wing and a prayer.” http://nie.mn/gTNF69 
 
Tweet more and embrace the weekend: Using data to develop a social media strategy http://nie.mn/fKeFvl 
 
1. Congrats to Jim Brady and JRC! 2. So, um, what’s Project Thunderdome? http://nie.mn/fuYyMI 
 
How BBC journalists try to meet the ethics and challenges of user-submitted content http://nie.mn/fgR5vB 
 
Why advertisers may be missing the mark with users by judging click-through rates http://nie.mn/fN2aLX 
 
The Washington Post is tapping Foursquare to plumb the depths of DC’s love of cherry blossoms http://nie.mn/dUtKFM 
 
Emphas.is and lessons on crowdfunding to support photography http://nie.mn/fbIvN9 
 
Different Times: The Times (UK) says they have 79,000 digital-only subscriptions a month http://nie.mn/ekMlBe 
 
“I know that we can and will do scratch on our (i)pad app.So far, though, sniff is a problem.” http://nie.mn/edgxR4 
 
Al Jazeera English wants to connect less-reported stories and communities to the world with The Stream http://nie.mn/i2C6H1 
 
PSA: BBC America is looking for a social media producer http://nie.mn/ezUth7 
 
“Well, it’s too touchy. Even though I’m better with it now.” A mom’s review of the iPad http://nie.mn/eKh5uS 
 
NYU’s Studio 20 Explainr offers journalists a guide for FAQs and “Making One That Doesn’t Suck” http://nie.mn/gW6Ef5 
 
The Guardian is expanding into the US and may partner with OpenLeaks http://nie.mn/eUwAsg 
 
Discussion: The NYT reportedly spent $40M on the pay plan. What if they invested in start-ups instead? http://nie.mn/hrJPCY 
 
The Geico Gecko meets The AOL Way: Are display advertisers too obsessed with click-through rates? http://nie.mn/fN2aLX 
 
While helping disaster relief in Japan, crowdsourcing maps for humanitarian work still has a way to go http://nie.mn/eFJAWN 
 
Journal Register adds Jim Brady to team, will head up “Project Thunderdome” engagement initiative http://nie.mn/hDZVe8 
 
Good morning! The Tribeca Film Institute is awarding over $1M for interactive storytelling projects http://nie.mn/eCEi9N