Newspaper Editors vs the Crowd: On the Appropriateness of Front Page News SelectionPresentation Transcript
Newspaper Editors vs the Crowd:On the Appropriateness of FrontPage News SelectionArkaitz ZubiagaCity University of New YorkSNOW 2013 – May 13, 2013
The front page is theshowcase that mightcondition whether or not onebuys the newspaper.
Either in vending machines...
...or in news stands
Editorial meetings● Newspaper editors discuss to select thenews that will be part of next days frontpage.
Editorial meetings● Newspaper editors discuss to select thenews that will be part of next days frontpage.● But how efficient is this news selection soas to matching the interests of theaudience?
Data● Whole year of (2012) NYTimes newspaperstories :– Stories both in front page and inside.● Number of times each of these stories...– was tweeted.– was posted on FB.●  http://www.nytimes.com/pages/todayspaper/
Data● For each story:– Category: nytimes.com/date/category/headline– Part of front page: 0 or 1– FB posts: #– Tweets: #
Daily ranking● For each day, check the overlap between:– Front page stories.– Top stories on Twitter and Facebook.
Results● Most popular story of the day on Twitter:– Appeared 147/366 times on the front page.● Most popular story of the day on Facebook:– Appeared 73/366 times on the front page.
Summarizing...● Little overlap between front page news andtop social news.● While editors pick hard news for the frontpage, users are rather into softer news.
Thoughts● Its hard to imagine front pages where newsabout science, technology, or fashionpredominate.● But would this “modernization” really helpsell more newspapers when the dailycirculation is declining?
Thoughts● Recency of news: how many hours had pastsince the news broke?● e.g., the Boston Marathon bombing ranked7th the next day on Facebook, and wouldntmake the front page.
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