Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
The Journalism Creators Program at CUNY teaches participants to launch their own news products, from wherever they are
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
July 14, 2014, 2:35 p.m.
Aggregation & Discovery
LINK: twitter.com  ➚   |   Posted by: Joshua Benton   |   July 14, 2014

nymag-most-popularIf you look at the list of most popular stories on New York magazine’s front page, you’ll see in the No. 2 slot this piece by Ann Friedman, “Why I’m Glad I Quit New York at Age 24.”

And if you click through, you’ll see that it was published last September.

Why did it resurface? New York pushed it out on Facebook yesterday, as if it were a new story.

And why did it do that?

New York now has over 950,000 likes on Facebook. And, as publishers are keenly aware, most of your Facebook fans never see what you publish anyway.

Good on New York for finding a new audience for an old piece. But I also want to highlight something useful that the BBC is doing to counteract the impression that years-later bursts of social activity can give — that an old news event is happening right now. As sighted by Meg Pickard, formerly of The Guardian (and a few days earlier by this guy):

(The bra story in question is about Brandi Chastain at the 1999 Women’s World Cup and it was originally posted in April.)

Leaving New York is eternal, and I imagine Chastain’s story will continue to be told for a long time too. In these cases, their newness or oldness isn’t crucial. But that’s not true on all news stories. I’m glad the BBC now has a system for highlighting when a popular news story isn’t necessarily a new one.

Show tags Show comments / Leave a comment
 
Join the 50,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
The Journalism Creators Program at CUNY teaches participants to launch their own news products, from wherever they are
One lesson from pandemic times is that journalism education doesn’t have to happen in person, and remote learning can open up more opportunities for journalists to launch their own products.
Google releases new tools for journalists — and shares insider insight on what’s trending on the search platform
Pinpoint, which uses AI and machine learning to help reporters sift through investigative materials, is part of the recently-released Journalist Studio.
Older people and Republicans are most likely to share Covid-19 stories from fake news sites on Twitter
The far-right site The Gateway Pundit was by far was the most-shared fake news domain; in some months, its stories were shared almost as often as stories from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNN.