This is a listing of all of our 2011 Year In Review content. Here, you’ll find our top lists for stories, videos and galleries that got the most traffic and comments, as well as editors’ picks for the best content of the year.
December 24, 2011 at 8:00 PM
BIZ QUIZ | 2011 separated the winners from the losers of the Great Recession. The bigs — Microsoft, Amazon.com, Starbucks — got bigger; a few more small community banks disappeared. Boeing delivered its long-delayed 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 cargo jet and sealed the tanker deal with the Pentagon. So take this test and see if you’re a winner. Good luck!
December 22, 2011 at 6:00 AM
We asked readers to rank their top local stories of 2011. The results are in, and here are the top vote getters:
December 21, 2011 at 10:32 AM
In 2011, Seattle Times photographers and videographers captured the screaming of the Blue Angels and first flights of the Boeing Dreamliner, slipped underwater to see salmon swim in the Elwha River and traveled far and wide to create videos for seattletimes.com. If you missed any of these videos or would like to view them once more, here are some of our favorites from 2011.
1. Removing the dams, restoring a river. As a part of a special report on the removal of the Elwha River Dams, photographer Steve Ringman hiked with scientists and dived into streams in order to document the hard work of scientific field work. In doing so, he gathered amazing video of fish swimming by and the environment that will be forever changed by the dam removals.
December 21, 2011 at 6:05 AM
World events dominated the list of most-viewed photo galleries on seattletimes.com in 2011. And even though Amanda Knox is from West Seattle, the story made headlines around the world.
Top 10 seattletimes.com photo galleries, based on page views:
December 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM
Here are the top 10 news terms searched for by seattletimes.com readers this year. They mostly reflect the largest news stories of the year, except possibly for the omission of “Japan earthquake” and “tsunami.”
1. Amanda Knox
6. Darren Berg
Here’s a word cloud showing the relative popularity of our top internal search terms:
December 19, 2011 at 6:00 AM
The legions of regular commenters on seattletimes.com sure found plenty to argue about in 2011, thanks many times to politicians.
Here’s the Top-10 list:
(By the way, you’ll notice there’s often a difference between the headline on the comment thread and the one on the story. That’s because the comments-thread headline keeps the first headline on the story when it’s posted, while the story shows the revised headline after more information is added to the story over time.)
1. Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining (1,439 comments)
2. Debt-ceiling outcome as unclear as ever (1,409)
3. White House releases Obama birth certificate (1,304)
8. Game thread, Mariners vs. Yankees, May 28 (1,074)
December 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM
So what were the stories you, the readers, viewed more than any others in 2011? Prepare to be surprised.
Sometimes the top 10 most-read stories are not what you might expect. The number of times a story is viewed is affected by a variety of things and is often unpredictable.
For example, when other websites link out to our stories on seattletimes.com, viewership skyrockets.
At other times, Google searches bring in readers far from Mount Rainier’s shadow.
Sometimes the smallest stories, only one paragraph, will garner huge readership. (See the No. 1 story on the list.) And we’re not sure why …
Stories that are popular on the website might not get much attention in the newspaper. In fact, it’s not unusual for a story to appear online and not appear in the paper at all. Different audiences, different news appetites?
Stories that stood up for the little guy or shed light on an issue that needed to be brought out of the dark drew your attention, as did pieces about people with remarkable stories that needed or wanted to be told.
Before we get to the Top 10, here are some stories that missed the cut, but fetched high readership:
- Why straight-A’s may not get you into UW this year,
- Family faces $2,500 water bill for a leak not even on their property
- Danny Westneat’s column on a perfectly legal $800 tow.
- And you can’t leave out Amanda Knox’s overturned murder conviction
And now, here are the top 10 most-read stories:
- Woman dies in fall at high school reunion at a Shelton casino (July 31, 2011)
- Seattle murder conviction tossed out over ‘racist’ comments (June 9, 2011)
- Sign him up! Fan catches bat, saves beer (March 6, 2011)
- OK for suspect to view child porn in Tacoma jail (July 13, 2011)
- 40 kittens later, ‘Harry Potter’ movie franchise calls it a wrap (July 9, 2011)
- Educating Gabriel, 13, an off-the-charts prodigy (Oct. 8, 2011)
- Wis. Democrats say AWOL lawmakers will return (March 9, 2011)
- 12 wounded as gunfire erupts at Kent car show (July 23, 2011)
- 96-year-old woman confesses to 1946 murder (June 8, 2011)
- Together 74 years, Kirkland couple die less than a day apart (Aug. 7, 2011)
December 14, 2011 at 6:28 AM
We’d like your help in choosing the top local stories of the year. You can contribute to our ranking by weighing random pairs of topics and deciding which was more important (or memorable, or interesting — use your own criteria). If there’s a story you think we missed, use the “Add your own idea” button to submit it. Check back next week for the final results.
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