Last year was a crazy busy year for news. I am sure you noticed!
The presidential campaign/election/challenge story lingered through Inauguration Day, and the coronavirus pandemic has now surpassed a year in the news. Both those stories are continuing, of course. I checked our archive and we appear to have had at least one mention of former President Donald Trump every day this month; our most recent photo of him was printed on Feb. 26. And the virus story will be a fixture for many months to come as we work our way through getting vaccinated and, hopefully, achieving the coveted herd immunity status.
But both of these stories are probably past their peaks. That led me to wonder: What stories are popular with Columbian readers right now?
Of course, we can’t measure which stories are read in the print edition in the privacy of your own home. But we can tell which stories are the most popular online. I get a daily report of the 10 most-read stories on our site.
Curious as to what was popular, I went back and looked at seven days of online reports, from Wednesday, March 3, through Tuesday, March 9. I would be the first to tell you this is not a scientific approach to research, but it was a pretty normal week for news. Plus, I had the reports available.
My first observation: Local news tends to dominate our readership, which is good. That’s what we try to do best. And that was true in the week I studied.