The 25 Most Popular Nieman Lab Stories of 2013
In rough chronological order, and with a pinch of design inspiration from BuzzFeed.
posted on December 27, 2013 at 10:00am EST
The Financial Times is ahead of the curve in harnessing data on its customers — both readers and advertisers — to optimize revenue. By Ken Doctor.
“Programming is a means to an end, not an end in itself. You should be trying to do as little of it as possible to make the thing that you want.” By Jake Levine.
Paywalls are generating real money for American newspapers in 2013. But would they have in 2007, or 2002, or 1997? By Ken Doctor.
On the occasion of a new pope, the Times offered up a new commenting platform that filtered reader responses by mood and identity. By Justin Ellis.
A study of the social news site’s voting behavior finds that about half of its most popular links died quiet deaths on first submission. By Caroline O’Donovan.
A New York Times social media editor says they don’t attract an audience and “are aesthetically damaging.” By Daniel Victor.
Says the editor of De Correspondent: “I don’t believe in ‘the news’ in the objective sense of the word. You can describe the world in infinite ways, and ‘the news’ happens to be one of them.” By Loes Witschge.
Times Haiku are generated from stories on the homepage of NYTimes.com, just in time for National Poetry Month. By Justin Ellis.
Aaron Kushner and Co. are bucking the emerging conventional wisdom around paywalls and trying new twists on some popular ideas. By Ken Doctor.
“What if news organizations confronted the reality that nearly all media will be ‘social media’ a decade hence?…What if news organizations acknowledged this — or even got out in front of it, ahead of the curve this time — and organized themselves as platforms for talent?” By Nicco Mele and John Wihbey.
Over 2.5 million files analyzed by a global team of journalists reveal financial information about politicians, fundraisers. and celebrities from over 170 different countries. By Caroline O’Donovan.
Article pages now have added depth and context, providing more opportunities for readers coming from social media to discover more content. By Justin Ellis.
At least on the new version of OS X. Untying news alerts from apps is a small step towards a more sophisticated, customizable real-time system for connecting news to the readers who want it. By Joshua Benton.
Most publishers are concentrating on milking more revenue out of existing customers. Hearst is focused on building a new native-to-digital audience. By Ken Doctor.
The idea of a once-a-day summary of news has obvious appeal for people overwhelmed by streams and feeds. But you’ve also got to get that summary in front of readers. By Sarah Darville.
Gawker wants its Kinja platform to be a “truly interactive news platform.” By Adrienne LaFrance.
A newly open-sourced tool from Quartz makes it easy for newsrooms to build quick, attractive charts from datasets on deadline. By David Yanofsky.
In Wisconsin, the state’s largest newspaper has committed itself to tough watchdog, investigative reporting. It’s led to journalistic success and respect from its audience. By Adrienne LaFrance.
How’s a listicle different from a definitive list or a framework list? Adding a little data science and taxonomy to the numerology of the web’s premiere list auteurs. By Caroline O’Donovan.
The world’s top newspaper companies are realizing they need to invest heavily in data analysis to maximize their business opportunities. By Ken Doctor.
A new NYTimes.com is in the works, and the company is previewing a prototype homepage, section front, and article page. By Justin Ellis.
You might think the principal coder behind PolitiFact took naturally to math. You’d be wrong. By Matt Waite.
What drives sharing? It’s a mix of attention, emotion, and reaction. Here’s hard data on which news stories took off and which didn’t on social. By Sonya Song.
The paper, printed by The Newspaper Club, is a collection of longform Guardian stories selected and laid out with the help of algorithms. By Justin Ellis.
“The Stream might be on the wane but still it dominates. All media on the web and in mobile apps has blog DNA in it and will continue to for a long while.” By Jason Kottke.