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

@niemanlab archives: January 2012

“Self-promotion, rather than being a Twitter turn-off, can actually be an added value” 
Good Weave: A new open source software that makes it easy to put together interactive data visualizations 
Now that NBC is in the ebook business, how will its archive, talent and video production help it win? 
Of course there’s still time to apply for the Nieman/Berkman Center fellowship in journalism innovation 
Friendly reminder: Today is the last day for US journalists to apply for a Nieman Fellowship 
One way Patch is trying to get good will in communities? Cutting prize checks to local school districts 
To make users more comfortable with Timeline, Facebook is offering a movie-making app to users 
With daily coverage from papers shrinking alt weeklies are picking up the slack online 
The latest “Why’s this so good?” from @niemanstory: Sally Jenkins picks Kwame Brown 
How one reporter learned the business side of journalism and is sharing that knowledge 
Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo says “2012 is going to be the Twitter election” 
How a new open source software wants to make it easier for journalists and citizens to visualize data 
Exiting AP CEO Tom Curley talks about changes in the news business to @romenesko 
A new app wants to make it easier for citizen journalists to shoot – and get paid for – video stories 
Three of Demand Media’s founders are leaving the company 
Newly drafted social-media guidelines for public media: The rules are the same on and off the clock 
Re: @dskok’s piece about journalism in 1923 (, from @brainpicker: Yup, still broken 
The former editor of Cosmo has donated $30 million for media innovation at Columbia, Stanford 
The winners have been named for Localore, an initiative to stimulate new kinds of storytelling in pub media 
The future of the book is the stream 
Today @Slate launched MySlate, which lets readers follow favorite authors and save articles for later reading 
How designers made “feel” like the Globe, with inspiration from gravestones and Glaser 
This Week in Review: Debating Google and evil, and a case study in breaking news accuracy 
David Skok: Aggregation is deep in journalism’s DNA 
MinnPost ends 2011 in the black 
The newsonomics of global media imperative 
New Facebook data: Be topical, ask questions, and tell jokes to win audience 
Gina Chen: Breaking-news situations require a breaking-news approach 
The Public Insight Network, now swimming in data, launches its own reporting unit 
The forgotten history of Access Atlanta, one of the early web’s most innovative newspapers 
How Rick Perry helped America discover the Texas Tribune 
A Post-mortem with Raju Narisetti: “I would have actually tried to move faster” 
Meet Deep Dive, the New York Times’ experimental context engine and story explorer 
How a tightly paywalled, social-media-ignoring, anti-copy-paste news site became a dominant force in Nova Scotia 
The week that was (evil/not evil/more social) for Google, and the JoePa fiasco 
With online traffic that beats Fox News and MSNBC, is CNN winning the battle of the cable nets? 
The Atlantic’s @JamesFallows annotated the State of the Union address, interactively 
RT @charlesapple: Cartoonist John Cole has the final word on those premature reports of Joe Paterno’s death. 
This week in review: Debating Google and evil, and a case study in breaking-news accuracy 
Why @MinnPost values visits from Minnesotans more than total uniques 
The aggregators of today will be the original reporters of tomorrow — it’s how disruption happens. 
Good morning! @jilliancyork says “withholding” tweets is censorship. “But alas, Twitter is not above the law.” 
Nonprofit @MinnPost had a good 2011, finishing in the black for a second consecutive year 
PSA RT @adrianholovaty: Come work with me. We’re hiring a second designer at @everyblock in Chicago. 
For media companies, what does it mean to be a “national businesses with stronger global intentions” 
In today’s collaboration news Pulse and Readability are teaming up 
PSA: Wired is looking for reporters, editors and web producers 
32,694 Likes, 2,525 comments, 4,268 shares: HuffPost’s stats from live coverage of SOTU on Facebook 
A British advertising group is accusing Groupon of actually peddling snake oil 
This week in Newsonomics: Why media companies now have to think global first