Newspaper Editors vs the Crowd: On the Appropriateness of Front Page News Selection

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Newspaper Editors vs the Crowd: On the Appropriateness of Front Page News Selection

  1. 1. Newspaper Editors vs the Crowd:On the Appropriateness of FrontPage News SelectionArkaitz ZubiagaCity University of New YorkSNOW 2013 – May 13, 2013
  2. 2. The front page is theshowcase that mightcondition whether or not onebuys the newspaper.
  3. 3. Either in vending machines...
  4. 4. ...or in news stands
  5. 5. Editorial meetings● Newspaper editors discuss to select thenews that will be part of next days frontpage.
  6. 6. 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?
  7. 7. StudyVS
  8. 8. Data● Whole year of (2012) NYTimes newspaperstories [1]:– Stories both in front page and inside.● Number of times each of these stories...– was tweeted.– was posted on FB.● [1] http://www.nytimes.com/pages/todayspaper/
  9. 9. Data● For each story:– Category: nytimes.com/date/category/headline– Part of front page: 0 or 1– FB posts: #– Tweets: #
  10. 10. Daily ranking● For each day, check the overlap between:– Front page stories.– Top stories on Twitter and Facebook.
  11. 11. 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.
  12. 12. Results
  13. 13. Summarizing...● Little overlap between front page news andtop social news.● While editors pick hard news for the frontpage, users are rather into softer news.
  14. 14. 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?
  15. 15. 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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