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NPR experiments with local news headlines on national home page

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People who visit NPR.org in 13 cities around the country will see local news headlines on the home page for the next month. It's an experiment to see if NPR can use its website to bring attention to member stations' newsgathering. For one group of stations (WBURWNYCWAMUWHYYWFIUKPCC and North Country Public Radio), the headlines link directly to stories on the member stations' sites.

For a second group (Michigan RadioKPLUKQEDKUT,Oregon Public Broadcasting and Boise State Public Radio), the headlines link to story pages on NPR.org, but the pages carry the member stations' branding and have prominent links to their Facebook pages. "Our goal here is to build longterm audience growth through a connection between the local NPR.org user and the station's Facebook page," write Bob Kempf and Mark Stencel in a blog post.

Kempf, the vice president in charge of NPR's digital services team, told me in an email that NPR will measure referrals from NPR.org to member stations' sites, traffic to the NPR-hosted story pages, and Facebook engagement (number of fans and how often people comment on or share stories) related to those local stories. "We want to see if there is consistent engagement in local content alongside what is usually a national/international news consumption use case, and more importantly if we can offer more than a transitory 'drive by' visit to a single story."
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Nonprofit news sites won’t have to pay to use Google Maps API

Nieman Journalism Lab | Google Geo Developers Blog
Google has responded to concerns about its plans to charge to use the Google Maps API, which powers all kinds of map-based news applications. The company now says it won't start charging until a site exceeds the usage limit for 90 consecutive days, and it won't charge nonprofit organizations (although one wonders whether Google will rely on the IRS to decide what counts as a nonprofit). "Nonprofit news orgs look to be in the clear, and Google could declare other news org maps apps to be 'in the public interest' and free to run," writes Josh Benton. The new limits take effect in 2012. || Earlier: News developers worried about new cost to use Google Maps
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News developers worried about new cost to use Google Maps

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If the developers in your newsroom seem unusually stressed this week, it's probably because Google will start charging for use of the Google Maps API after Jan. 1. "An era has ended for the first API that really made mashups mainstream," writes ReadWriteWeb's Marshall Kirkpatrick. For basic maps, Google will allow 25,000 uses of the API free per day (9.125 million a year). That drops to 2,500 per day (912,500 a year) for maps that use custom styles. Above that, Google will start charging by the use or try to sell an "enterprise" license. According to Serdar Tumgoren, a developer at The Washington Post, that license costs $10,000 for a million page views a year and goes up to $40,000 for 5 million a year.

"5 million PVs per year is not a lot for a large news site," tweeted Ken Schwencke, who works at the Los Angeles Times. Wired.com's Scott Gilbertson writes that "Google appears to be interested mainly in collecting fees from sites with consistently heavy traffic rather than experiments that see a one-time traffic spike." But, PolitiFact developer and University of Nebraska journalism professor Matt Waite said via Twitter, it puts developers in the "perverse situation where you'd want traffic, but not that much. ... I really hope this unleashes renewed interest in open mapping tech, in newsrooms and out. It's got my attention." Scott Klein, ProPublica's editor of news applications, asked why custom styles cost dramatically more, prompting Washington Post developer Jeremy Bowers to respond, "I dig custom maps. But it's going to cost resources in an election year." || Glass half-full: GoogleMapsAPI tweeted in response to concerns: "Google Maps API is still free! Just has a limit of 25k maps/day. That means pricing only affects the top 0.35% sites!"
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Data visualization ‘on another level’ compared to a few years ago

Forbes Wilson Andrews, The Washington Post's information designer, discusses his data visualizations and the progress of the field in a Forbes interview. "The kinds of graphics that are now being done, especially online, are on another level than what was being produced several years ago," he says. "Long form journalism is just as important as it ever was, but often long form pieces are greatly enhanced by smart and clear data visualization." He says that he starts with the simplest possible design, only adding movement and interactive elements if they will help people understand the information. Examples of his work are in the interview. Related: WNYC's John Keefe finished up his New York evacuation map as he rode the subway to work last week.
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Knight News Challenge gives $1.5 million to projects that filter, examine data

The Knight Foundation is directing almost a third of its $4.7 million in News Challenge grants this year to help journalists and the public organize and analyze data and documents.

In different ways, several of these projects seek to solve … Read more

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Holovaty: EveryBlock’s new community focus will ‘help you make your block a better place’

Monday afternoon, EveryBlock announced a major shift in focus, from a geographically-based, hyperlocal news site to a “platform for discussion around neighborhood news.”

In describing the changes, founder Adrian Holovaty wrote on the EveryBlock Blog that the site is … Read more

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News Organizations Publish WikiLeaks Documents With Caution, Innovation

Elusive WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is scheduled to appear in London on Monday with Daniel Ellsberg, best known for leaking the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times in 1971. The appearance follows the Friday release of about 400,000 … Read more

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4 Digital Tools to Improve Your Government Coverage

Monday and Tuesday, about 40 journalists are gathering at Poynter to learn how they can use free digital services to cover government more effectively. They’ll learn how to share and annotate documents, share data on politicians and lobbyists, understand voting … Read more

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Updated augmented reality browser aggregates location-based information

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The augmented-reality company Layar announced a new version of its browser that will allow Android users to find location-based information visually, simply by using the browser. Previously, phone users had to enter a search, or open a “layar” (for … Read more

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Crisis Commons project enables public to report oil spill info from their phones

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Oil Reporter, a new project from Crisis Commons, is a data initiative that seeks to gather any and all public data on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The group has released iPhone and AndroidRead more

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