Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
Serial meets The X-Files in Limetown, a fictional podcast drawing raves after just one episode
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
Nov. 28, 2012, 2:12 p.m.
LINK: www.niemanlab.org  ➚   |   Posted by: Joshua Benton   |   November 28, 2012

Yesterday, we shared with you the results of an experiment by NPR Digital Services into what kinds of local news stories generated the most engagement (liking, sharing, commenting) on Facebook. After testing out lots of stories from NPR member stations, Eric Athas and Teresa Gorman were able to identify — and categorize — the stories that work best.

Go read the full story for all the details, but NPR’s Russ Gossett put the nine most successful types of stories into this infographic. Enjoy.

Show tags Show comments / Leave a comment
 
Join the 15,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
Serial meets The X-Files in Limetown, a fictional podcast drawing raves after just one episode
“Serial had to stay nonfictional. At the end of the show, it didn’t necessarily mean that it had a conclusion. That’s the biggest advantage we have: We’re making it up. So we can give you an ending.”
The Atlantic is returning to blogging
“We missed the kind of writing it represents. We missed the kind of audience engagement it represents.”
The mourning of AJR is less about a decline in press criticism than the loss of an institution
Like the media it covers, journalism criticism has moved from the work of a few established institutions to something more diffuse.
What to read next
2351
tweets
The New York Times built a Slack bot to help decide which stories to post to social media
The bot, named Blossom, helps predict how stories will do on social and also suggests which stories editors should promote.
1287Jo Ellen Green Kaiser: Do independent news outlets have a blind spot when it comes to ethnic media?
The head of the Media Consortium argues that, by defining themselves in opposition to mainstream media, independent progressive outlets miss out on the power of ethnic and community journalism.
1029Newsonomics: 10 numbers on The New York Times’ 1 million digital-subscriber milestone
Digital subscribers are proving to be the bedrock of the Times’ business model going forward. How much more room is there for growth — and at what price points?
These stories are our most popular on Twitter over the past 30 days.
See all our most recent pieces ➚
Encyclo is our encyclopedia of the future of news, chronicling the key players in journalism’s evolution.
Here are a few of the entries you’ll find in Encyclo.   Get the full Encyclo ➚
Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism
The Orange County Register
Semana
New York
GateHouse Media
E.W. Scripps
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Awl
Newsday
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Journal Register Co.
Suck.com