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@niemanlab archives: May 2011

“Words like ‘local’ and ‘niche’ characterize Dallas-Fort Worth media the way keratin defines a Texas longhorn.” 
PSA: @NYMag is hiring a social-media manager 
How the media handled Sarah Palin’s 2009 “death panel” claims and why it matters 
TPM got a C&D notice from the New York Stock Exchange after running a wire photo of the trading floor 
Reuters: Morgan Stanley will allow a test group of brokers to start tweeting next month 
#Longreads is getting more social 
The Huffington Post launches HuffPost Canada 
Correx to previous tweet: It’s two Groupon *founders* who’ve invested in Benziga (thx, @FelixSalmon @LaurenGoode) 
In other Groupon news, the company has made a $1.5 million investment in Benzinga, a financial news site 
The Boston Globe is getting in on the Groupon competition 
Topolsky and Bankoff on Engadget, SB Nation, and the new tech site that’s bringing them together 
Good morning! The @FreeNYTimes feed appears to be shut 
Metaphor and worldview: how spy researchers are studying our use of language 
RT @MacDiva: If you’re doing innovative digital journalism, you should enter the Online Journalism Awards: #OJA2011 
RT @mediagazer: Glenn Beck Planning Web TV Channel GBTV, Tagline: ‘The Truth Lives Here’ (@alexweprin / TVNewser) 
Many great innovators found success because they “asked better questions than everyone else” (via @marksluckie) 
@ericuman The range of access points: the full doc, the supporting doc, interviews, curated “further reading” links… 
The site for @FrontlinePBS‘ WikiSecrets doc is, among other things, a fantastic #futureofcontext case study 
The Montreal Gazette launched its paywall today in the metered-model style of the NYT 
Forbes: Facebook is launching a music-streaming service in partnership with Spotify 
.@Tribdata adds 27 agencies to its gov salary database; it now has info for 660,000 public employees (via @jlab) 
Barnes and Noble CEO: B&N’s market share in the e-book space currently exceeds 25% 
The Daily is approaching 1 million downloads …but has subscription estimates in the 4-digits 
Twitter: “We will continue to invest in the TweetDeck that users know and love.” 
HBO has soft-launched HBO Connect, its experiment with giving viewers a “second screen” experience 
Sulzberger: Print subs are “an enormously stable base from which to continue to leverage our journalistic activities.” 
RT @AntDeRosa: “I’m sorry but if you’re not aggregating, you’re going to die” – @emilybell #mesh11 
Hashtag of the day: #mesh11, the mesh ’11 conference in Toronto 
“Although he died in a place of tremendous violence, ultimately he died at liberty and he died at peace.” 
In an age of shrinking newsrooms, Bloomberg now has 2,300 reporters in 72 countries 
.@DanGillmor on true curation versus “lazy linking” (via @sdavy) 
Good morning! A New York Times article is tweeted every 4 seconds, Sulzberger says 
Marc Maron’s WTF moves from podcast to public radio program, with bleeping 
An FCC report says 26 million Americans lack broadband access; 1 in 3 Americans doesn’t subscribe 
RT @brianstelter: Spoiler alert: I’m about to tweet details of the last episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” 
Soon-to-be Duke grad @christine_hall really wants you to hire her via @simonowens 
An MIT startup records television and, simultaneously, the things being said about the programs and ads online 
Pardon his hokeyness, but John Horgan is upbeat about the future of science journalism 
We would like to welcome the new class of 24 Nieman Fellows 
Congratulations to the Nieman Foundation’s Class of 2012! 
RT @nicknotned: Gawker Media’s weekly pageviews at 114m — back to level before redesign. 
Inside the campaign to release Al-Jazeera English journalist Dorothy Parvaz (Nieman Fellow ’09) 
WTF? Marc Maron moves from podcast to program, “expanding the palette of public radio” 
It’s officially almost official: Twitter is reported to have acquired TweetDeck for $40 million 
“Today’s e-book power buyer—someone who buys an e-book at least once a week—is a 44-year-old woman who loves romance” 
Good morning! The NYT’s @lheron revealed the paper’s social-media policy: “Don’t be stupid.” 
How the web is driving the evolution of sportswriting 
.@CaliforniaWatch leader on the lawsuit leveled against it: “To this day, we can’t quite figure out why they sued us” 
.@NPR continues to push the limits of live remote broadcasting