Topic: news stories
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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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The Today File is a general news blog featuring real-time coverage of Seattle and the Northwest. It is reported by the news staff of The Seattle Times and edited by Assistant Metro Editor Nick Provenza.
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