Nieman Journalism Lab
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@niemanlab archives: March 2012

Mandarin-English luxury magazine boosts revenue for Observer Media Group 
After a major First Amendment ruling, Boston police settle a cellphone recording lawsuit 
Thirty-seven percent of the links you’re sharing are “awesome” — but how many are “rad”? 
How a talking rodent is one of the pioneers of the opinion pages at The New York Times 
This American Life’s retraction of the Mike Daisey story set an online listening record 
Designing for the iPad, using analytics data, understanding attention, and creating delight: Great videos from Webstock 
Mohamed Nanabhay on Al Jazeera’s online growth and the future of news distribution 
A judge dismissed the suit brought by unpaid Huffington Post bloggers, saying “no one forced” them to work for free 
People who should be wary of robots: Traffic, business reporters via @agahran 
MAD Magazine is coming to iPad on April 1 
Reporters: This $40 shotgun mike for iPhone lets you record sound like a pro 
“Who breaks a story has become nearly as important in media circles as the actual story being broken” 
Since it made No. 1 on @NiemanLabFuego, we have to tweet it: Look how high this robot can jump! 
How bloggers cherry-picked from social media to cast Trayvon Martin as a menace 
PSA: @Radiolab is looking for two summer interns (not clear if the positions are paid) 
CNN web designers skipped the templates, went for style and impact with “Slavery’s Last Stronghold” 
How much does a great piece of investigative journalism cost? $150,000? $200,000? 
You know who’s most pumped about the return of Ron Burgundy? Local TV news anchors [corrected link] 
This week in review: Grappling with ground-up activism, ‘pay-less’ paywalls, The Guardian’s open journalism 
Facebook (with the help of an ex-Google engineer) is turning its attention to search 
You know who’s most pumped about the return of Ron Burgundy? Local TV news anchors 
Good morning! @Gizmodo is requiring commenters to log in with Twitter, Facebook, or Google accounts 
Dave Winer: How a river of news benefits news organizations and their audience 
Ebooks were just the beginning: How news companies could let hundreds of new products bloom 
The winning app from the Boston Globe baseball hack day asks fans to put a little money behind rally time 
For the infographic lovers: A colorful chart of “the insanely great history of Apple” via @brainpicker 
How the Bay Citizen plans to become a lot more experimental 
The Guardian has an iChat-esque interactive with text & audio for the Supreme Court health care arguments 
Google has rolled out a new online pay model for publishers we discovered a few months ago 
It’s the final day to get your votes (or likes) in for the @Knightfdn News Challenge on Networks 
Nielsen and ABC are partnering to measure video viewership on the iPad 
Dave Winer: How news organizations can merge their technology and their community 
PSA: The Boston Globe is looking for a data visualization programmer 
Newsonomics: Are news companies on the verge of a “let-a-hundred-products-bloom revolution” 
Just how important is it to have an iPad enabled bed, desk or lamp? 
Change comes to the Bay: The new Bay Citizen will focus less on breaking news and more on investigations 
Freemium Alert: Access to all subscriber content on is free for 24 hours 
What’s the most popular camera among Flickr users? The iPhone 4 
Editor of @CivilBeat John Temple, formerly of the Rocky, offered managing editor job at The Washington Post 
Would you use a credit card that rounds up the price of purchases to benefit public media? 
News Corp. is planning a sports network in the United States to rival @ESPN, Bloomberg reports 
The New Republic scraps its online paywall for articles, keeps it in place for archives and comments 
What Harry Potter can teach you about ebook publishing 
Trend alert: @WNYC becomes the latest news organization to detail its history via Facebook’s timeline 
The top 100 apps in iPad’s Newsstand only make a combined $70,000 per day 
The @NewYorkObserver’s parent company finds a valuable niche magazine market — in another language. 
The links you’re sharing are mostly “awesome,” according to data from news delivery app @newsdotme 
Husband of Maine congresswoman buys 75 percent stake in Portland @PressHerald and two other newspapers 
Good news for citizens who believe they have the right to record police activity in public 
Using documentary film to advance breaking news? @NYTimes has proof that it’s possible