Nieman Foundation at Harvard
How to b-e-e of use: Signal Cleveland hosts second annual community spelling contest
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
Jan. 21, 2009, 6:20 a.m.

Morning Links: January 21, 2009

— The interactive crew at The New York Times are answering questions from readers all week. Of particular note so far are the answers to the second question, from Andrew Dunn:

I’m a student journalist trying to break into the journalist-programmer field. I’m curious — what skills do you need to have to be successful in this regard? And what’s the best way to learn them?

— Google gives up on selling print ads. Before you get too gloomy, at least note that Google has been killing off a lot of products lately. (Local Onliner has some more background.)

It’s always difficult to say goodbye to products…But as we grow, it is important that we focus on products that can benefit the most people and solve the most important problems.

— Who says paper is dead? Designer Jeremy Keith reports from PaperCamp, a miniconference on innovative ways to interact with and create with print. Includes mention of “craft-bioinformatic-origami-unicorns.”

Joshua Benton is the senior writer and former director of Nieman Lab. You can reach him via email ( or Twitter DM (@jbenton).
POSTED     Jan. 21, 2009, 6:20 a.m.
Show tags
Join the 60,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
How to b-e-e of use: Signal Cleveland hosts second annual community spelling contest
“Listening is great, and talking to community members is great, but we also have to figure out how to be of use.”
How South Africa’s largest digital news outlet plans to cover the chaotic 2024 election
“There is definitely anticipation in the air of change — not radical change, but some change.”
Postcards and laundromat visits: The Texas Tribune audience team experiments with IRL distribution
As social platforms falter for news, a number of nonprofit outlets are rethinking distribution for impact and in-person engagement.