As we have talked about many times before, this is a new era of rapid change in the news media in general and for The Columbian in particular. So it is somehow reassuring to see some holiday traditions retained in our business.
Take, for example, the editorial cartoons. In the last seven days of the year, you can count on seeing at least one, and probably more, political cartoons featuring an old man wearing a sash of the current year and a baby wearing the New Year’s sash. Below it, there will be some witty and topical saying. On Thursday morning, I went looking for political cartoons for the weekend papers — Greg Jayne is on vacation — and found several to run.
Probably the biggest sign that the year is drawing to a close is the “year in review” stories. We can’t resist doing these staples. You’ll find them in newspapers big and small, and on every subject. By Thursday, a Google news search turned up 202,000 instances of “Top stories of 2019,” published by an array of media ranging from CNN to the Charlotte, N.C., Business Journal.
On Sunday, The Columbian will add to those search results with our own lists of top stories of the year. I think we have done a “Top Stories” story every one of the approximately 21 Decembers that I have worked at The Columbian.
Reporter Adam Littman put together this year’s feature. He started by looking at a list Web Editor Amy Libby compiled of the top-viewed stories on our site. We brainstormed more ideas, and Adam solicited more nominations from the reporters. We ended up with a list of 27 nominees.