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

@niemanlab archives: July 2011

31
Jul
A superhero can’t fix the debt crisis, but he can explain it http://nie.mn/oAuPva 
 
Questions for Baratunde Thurston: What The Onion can teach real news organizations about social media http://nie.mn/o9Ri0U 
 
Why The Atlantic joined up with Pulse — and what the app’s usage stats can tell data-hungry publishers http://nie.mn/pYL3Po 
 
The newsonomics of Netflix and the digital shift http://nie.mn/oUwgvL 
 
NYTimes.com’s most looked-up words for 2011 are…even more morose than last year’s list http://nie.mn/ngGcnb 
 
30
Jul
The Staff Recommends turns book suggestions and advertorials into a potential business model http://nie.mn/qh3xgl 
 
Designing a big news site is about more than beauty http://nie.mn/qSyrXA 
 
NewsTrust dives into the fact-check business with expanded Truthsquad http://nie.mn/q3rAxh 
 
For the Texas Tribune, “events are journalism” — and money makers http://nie.mn/mPEcGe 
 
Vadim Lavrusik: Five key building blocks to incorporate as we’re rethinking the structure of stories http://nie.mn/rsqqNs 
 
29
Jul
A week of design debate, mogul-watching, and more: http://nie.mn/qWWpt4 Have a great weekend, everyone! 
 
Move over, Spaghetti Western! Here is a Cereal Western. About Marshall McLuhan. (via @jonathanstray) http://nie.mn/pWYxLf 
 
“That’s a different level, when you don’t even prompt the collaboration with the audience—they just run with it.” http://nie.mn/o9Ri0U 
 
 
PSA: @TheAtlantic is looking for an associate editor for its Business channel http://nie.mn/nzkgm4 
 
WANT. RT @fmanjoo: A Desk That Lets You Sit or Stand. My @Slate video on my @GeekDesk, which I love love love. http://slate.me/qWngti 
 
There’s now a section of the Google+ center dedicated to the project’s feature updates http://nie.mn/n1Avnn 
 
Tablet and mobile now account for 22% of the FT’s web traffic (and 15% of new subscriptions) http://nie.mn/pm1rPv 
 
Rock the Kayak? Google introduces hotel search http://nie.mn/q9VeF6 
 
RT @marcfrons: Times Skimmer now has full-screen photo slideshows. They look amazing: http://t.co/IcM2AgK 
 
What @TheOnion can teach serious news orgs (seriously!): Serious wisdom from @baratunde http://nie.mn/o9Ri0U 
 
Sometimes the best way to explain something is through an old-school Q&A (via @NYT_JenPreston) http://nie.mn/oHsi8b 
 
Awesomeness, via @tcarmody: A Brief History of Apple Not Buying Things http://nie.mn/oEkOpK 
 
This Week in Review: Design and the NYT, Google+ growing pains, and more http://nie.mn/qWWpt4 
 
The World Almanac of the future: portable, data-driven, and produced by a news org http://nie.mn/n31Oo6 
 
.@Stevebuttry: “Is it better to be first or right?” isn’t the right question http://nie.mn/rlTLcb 
 
Good morning! Are hyperlocals changing the anonymity equation? http://nie.mn/riqi5i 
 
28
Jul
NYTers swap smartphones, feature the randomnest cameo ever (via @brainpicker @nickbilton) http://nie.mn/qGt2u1 
 
Smartphone users launch Pulse’s app twice as often as tablet users—but tablet users keep it open twice as long http://nie.mn/pYL3Po 
 
After five years, the WaPo’s Date Lab matchmaking service has 4,000+ applicants in its database http://nie.mn/qJxKeO 
 
“The print world ends not with a bang, but with price increase after price increase.” http://nie.mn/oUwgvL 
 
Twitter ads will now show up in user timelines http://nie.mn/qeVqPb 
 
Pulse: a trove a usage data for publishers http://nie.mn/pYL3Po 
 
RT @NiemanReports: Gut check time: @niemanstory presents this handy truthiness test for memoirs http://bit.ly/o6S9zG 
 
The streaming public: A Michigan news site defines communities through the water they share http://nie.mn/ntVDkY 
 
What news publishers can learn from Netflix’s bold move http://nie.mn/oUwgvL 
 
Report: Google Analytics has changed how they report Google Image search traffic (via @simondumenco) http://nie.mn/o3DvlO 
 
RT @ericuman: Loving handy little extension that automatically creates ‘single page’ views for articles: http://bit.ly/pUSUBf 
 
Good morning! 89% of Hulu users watch the service’s content directly on computers http://nie.mn/qAM80O 
 
27
Jul
First the Red Skull, now the debt ceiling: Captain America as the explainer-in-chief for @NationalJournal http://nie.mn/oAuPva 
 
The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies is now the Association of Alternative Newsmedia http://nie.mn/rstVtp 
 
Our dyspeptic and quixotic times: NYT releases this year’s most looked-up words list http://nie.mn/ngGcnb 
 
And now for something completely different, a design interlude involving doggies http://nie.mn/nxlI5B 
 
Can the advertorial be viable business model? Book suggestion site The Staff Recommends will find out http://nie.mn/p0wNJW 
 
Explainers Assemble! How Captain America is helping break down the debt ceiling for @NationalJournal http://nie.mn/oAuPva 
 
Ever wondered “what was that book I heard about on NPR?” They’ve now got a books site http://nie.mn/q4TT6t 
 
The NYTimes most looked-up words are back! And…surprisingly morose. http://nie.mn/ngGcnb 
 
When a journalist jumps to another outlet, should they be able to keep their Twitter followers? http://nie.mn/nUzdyV 
 
A salute to one of journalists most beloved technologies: The IBM Selectric http://nie.mn/mUojcc 
 
The NYTimes is now selling subscriptions through their iPhone app http://nie.mn/q6873h