Wikinews writing: A personal year in review

Since I started writing Wikinews last year, I’ve had published 226 articles.  This year, these articles combined had about 558,000 total views.  Including articles from last year, the top ten most popular articles I wrote this year were:

  1. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 25,875 views
  2. Canberra central business district trials urinals – 19,728 views
  3. Three cities submit bids for 2020 Summer Olympics – 15,792 views
  4. 2012 Report on Gender Equality and Development credits Icelandic parental policy with ‘hopeful’ changes – 15,641 views
  5. 2012 Report on Gender Equality and Development looks at women’s issues in India – 15,379 views
  6. Wikinews interviews Spain’s most decorated Paralympian, Teresa Perales – 9,518 views
  7. Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott – 8,598 views
  8. Icelandic Hekla volcano shows signs of activity – 8,284 views
  9. Quakes push Canary Islands up eleven centimetres – 8,041 views
  10. IOC visits Madrid as part of 2020 Olympic bid process – 7,633 views

Many of these articles were written this year. Some, including the most popular, were written last year.  They represent a wide variety of topics, and types of reporting including original reporting, interviews and synthesis reporting.  Some articles are featured and a few are short articles.

In January, my most popular articles were:

  1. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 5,488 views
  2. Three cities submit bids for 2020 Summer Olympics – 4,350 views
  3. Real Madrid defeats Celta Vigo 4-0 in Copa del Rey octofinals – 1,756 views
  4. Australia earns one medal on day three of 2012 IPC Nor-Am Cup – 1,680 views
  5. Wikinews interviews Spain’s most decorated Paralympian, Teresa Perales – 1,658 views
  6. Abby Wambach wins FIFA World Player of the Year – 1,606 views
  7. Australia women’s water polo team into FINA Women’s World League Super Finals quarter finals – 1,407 views
  8. Australian Broadcasting Corporation plans to call California for Obama before polls close – 1,115 views
  9. Canberra Capitals beat Chinese women’s national B basketball team in pre-season – 1,010 views
  10. Wikinews interviews United States disability skier Jasmin Bambur – 988 views

A number of these articles were carry overs from 2012. For February, you can see I’ve clearly been in Spain doing original reporting and some of this is reflected in the popular articles this month. I went to a Real Madrid game, interviewed Teresa Perales, and covered the IPC Alpine World Championships. I also wrote about Madrid’s Olympic and Paralympic bid.

  1. Gambling sites favor Cardinals Marc Ouellet, Peter Turkson, Francis Arinze as next Pope – 3,973 views
  2. Reports of at least fourteen dead this week due to gun-related suicides in the United States – 3,647 views
  3. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 3,646 views
  4. Pope Benedict XVI resigns effective February 28 – 3,029 views
  5. 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships preparations underway – 1,678 views
  6. Three cities submit bids for 2020 Summer Olympics – 1,406 views
  7. Wikinews interviews Spain’s most decorated Paralympian, Teresa Perales – 1,125 views
  8. Austria regains medal leadboard after fourth competition day of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships – 976 views
  9. Real Madrid defeats Sevilla 4-1 in La Liga play – 972 views
  10. Wikinews interviews Irene Villa – 955 views

In March, I returned to Spain but some of the articles written in February continued to get views. I wrote again about Australia.

  1. Icelandic Hekla volcano shows signs of activity – 5,402 views
  2. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 2,632 views
  3. Austria regains medal leadboard after fourth competition day of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships – 2,594 views
  4. Canberra central business district trials urinals – 2,281 views
  5. Kiribati acquires international funding for solar power – 1,781 views
  6. New Zealand’s Adam Hall and Corey Peters finish run at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships – 1,753 views
  7. Nathalie Carpanedo finishes wild card run at 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships – 1,424 views
  8. Austria wins friendly team competition at end of 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships – 1,416 views
  9. France finishes 2013 IPC Alpine World Championships on top of medal ladder – 1,394 views
  10. Stolen Utahraptor recovered in Australian Capital Territory – 1,390 views

For April, 4 out of the 10 most popular articles were written before April. I was again writing Australian related topics.

  1. Quakes push Canary Islands up eleven centimetres – 5,674 views
  2. Canberra central business district trials urinals – 3,284 views
  3. Interview: University of Guam’s Ron McNinch on North Korea’s nuclear threats – 3,226 views
  4. Two unconscious drug-overdosed men discovered outside University of Canberra residence hall – 2,520 views
  5. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 1,985 views
  6. Wikinews interviews USA wheelchair curler David Palmer – 1,423 views
  7. Brookfield, Wisconsin man charged with stealing toilet and urinal parts – 1,120 views
  8. Kiribati acquires international funding for solar power – 1,057 views
  9. As Italy prepares for new government, shots fired near prime minister’s office – 983 views
  10. Chicago Bears select Marquess Wilson in seventh round of NFL draft – 914 views

In May, only one of my most popular articles were written this month. To be fair, I do not produce ten articles every month. I produced seven in December. 4 in November, 9 in October, 9 in September, 6 in August, 6 in July, 0 in June, 1 in May, 7 in April, 12 in March, 17 in February, and 4 in February.

  1. Canberra central business district trials urinals – 3,031 views
  2. Miles Franklin Literary Award nominates only women for potential winners – 2,573 views
  3. Australian Jesse Williams drafted in fifth round by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks – 1,941 views
  4. Report finds Canberra and Northern Territory have most expensive cocaine in Australia – 1,660 views
  5. Three cities submit bids for 2020 Summer Olympics – 1,558 views
  6. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 1,471 views
  7. As Italy prepares for new government, shots fired near prime minister’s office – 1,351 views
  8. Chicago Bears select Marquess Wilson in seventh round of NFL draft – 877 views
  9. Kiribati acquires international funding for solar power – 860 views
  10. Wikinews interviews Spain’s most decorated Paralympian, Teresa Perales – 854 views

With no production in June, my total article views dropped. This month I was busy moving from Australia to Spain, so I had less time to dedicate to Wikinews than I would have liked.

  1. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 2,040 views
  2. Three cities submit bids for 2020 Summer Olympics – 1,783 views
  3. Canberra central business district trials urinals – 1,634 views
  4. Report finds Canberra and Northern Territory have most expensive cocaine in Australia – 1,017 views
  5. Wikinews interviews Spain’s most decorated Paralympian, Teresa Perales – 917 views
  6. IOC visits Madrid as part of 2020 Olympic bid process – 766 views
  7. Wikinews interviews Irene Villa – 744 views
  8. Kiribati acquires international funding for solar power – 614 views
  9. Miles Franklin Literary Award nominates only women for potential winners – 593 views
  10. Wikinews interviews USA wheelchair curler David Palmer – 591 views

My production was up a bit in July. I formally began my involvement with the Spanish Paralympic Committee. This is reflected in popular articles this month.

  1. Canberra central business district trials urinals – 1,851 views
  2. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 1,771 views
  3. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Gustavo Nieves Campello – 1,265 views
  4. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Elena Congost Mohedano – 1,043 views
  5. San Fermín de los Navarros church in Madrid celebrates patron day – 978 views
  6. Three cities submit bids for 2020 Summer Olympics – 939 views
  7. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos – 903 views
  8. Catholic Democrats tell Chicago Cardinal George not to pull funding from immigration campaigners supporting same-sex marriage – 840 views
  9. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete Alberto Suárez Laso – 700 views
  10. Wikinews interviews Spain’s most decorated Paralympian, Teresa Perales – 691 views

In August, I continued to interview Spanish Paralympians and there was an audience for this content.

  1. Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott – 3,666 views
  2. Peter Capaldi named twelfth Doctor Who – 1,927 views
  3. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font – 1,919 views
  4. Canberra central business district trials urinals – 1,917 views
  5. Illinois high schools now required to buy insurance for athletes – 1,786 views
  6. Catholic Democrats tell Chicago Cardinal George not to pull funding from immigration campaigners supporting same-sex marriage – 1,590 views
  7. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 1,434 views
  8. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Marta Gómez – 1,288 views
  9. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer María Delgado – 1,253 views
  10. Three cities submit bids for 2020 Summer Olympics – 1,011 views

Late August and September and I wrote more about gender equality issues. This is reflected in page views.

  1. Russian government homosexuality position leads to NYC Russian vodka boycott – 3,666 views
  2. Peter Capaldi named twelfth Doctor Who – 1,927 views
  3. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font – 1,919 views
  4. Canberra central business district trials urinals – 1,917 views
  5. Illinois high schools now required to buy insurance for athletes – 1,786 views
  6. Catholic Democrats tell Chicago Cardinal George not to pull funding from immigration campaigners supporting same-sex marriage – 1,590 views
  7. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 1,434 views
  8. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Marta Gómez – 1,288 views
  9. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer María Delgado – 1,253 views
  10. Three cities submit bids for 2020 Summer Olympics – 1,011 views

In September and October, I was interested in data mining. A lot of this was focused on CFPB numbers, and these articles got a fair number of views.

  1. 2012 Report on Gender Equality and Development credits Icelandic parental policy with ‘hopeful’ changes – 5,654 views
  2. 2012 Report on Gender Equality and Development looks at women’s issues in India – 5,330 views
  3. Bank of America leads Consumer Financial Protection Bureau complaints about mortgages – 3,695 views
  4. Sallie Mae leads Consumer Financial Protection Bureau complaints about student loans – 3,161 views
  5. Canberra central business district trials urinals – 2,484 views
  6. 2012 Report on Gender Equality and Development suggests Australian women are doing okay – 2,015 views
  7. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos – 1,957 views
  8. Australia has mixed OECD rankings for literacy and numeracy amongst adults – 1,773 views
  9. CFPB records fewer complaints in early days of US government shutdown – 1,695 views
  10. Spain sits near the bottom of OECD rankings on adult literacy and numeracy – 1,532 views

In November, there continued to be a fair amount of interest in the articles about gender equality, even though new content was produced by me.

  1. 2012 Report on Gender Equality and Development credits Icelandic parental policy with ‘hopeful’ changes – 4,878 views
  2. 2012 Report on Gender Equality and Development looks at women’s issues in India – 4,854 views
  3. Bangladesh government makes Hijra an official gender option – 4,546 views
  4. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos – 2,032 views
  5. US Congresswoman Jackie Speier comments about Obamacare, Paralympics – 1,970 views
  6. US Marines change hat style in response to manufacturer’s closure – 1,774 views
  7. ONCE defeats Getafe 86-36 in Spain’s top level wheelchair basketball league – 1,564 views
  8. Wikinews interviews academic Simon Ličen about attitudes towards US Paralympics – 1,462 views
  9. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 1,382 views
  10. Bank of America leads Consumer Financial Protection Bureau complaints about mortgages – 1,084 views

With the month mostly over, though still having a week left, most of the articles are popular for this month. There are a few articles not in the top of the list for the month. Given enough time, they may crack the list.

  1. 2012 Report on Gender Equality and Development credits Icelandic parental policy with ‘hopeful’ changes – 3,682 views
  2. 2012 Report on Gender Equality and Development looks at women’s issues in India – 3,676 views
  3. New Zealand study finds correlation between church attendance and adolescent obesity – 3,162 views
  4. Bangladesh government makes Hijra an official gender option – 2,397 views
  5. Pickens County, South Carolina sheriff refuses to lower US flag to honor Mandela – 2,116 views
  6. Sepp Blatter pick for FIFA World Cup draw presenter labelled as sexist – 1,819 views
  7. Wikinews interviews academic Steve Redhead about Australian women’s soccer – 1,641 views
  8. Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic track and field athlete David Casinos – 1,484 views
  9. FanFiction.Net adult content purge felt across fandom two weeks on – 1,288 views
  10. Wikinews interviews former Matilda’s player Sarah Walsh about Australian women’s soccer – 1,270 views

And just to end on a different note, the ten most popular articles published on English Wikinews includes a number of editors who were new or write few articles. There is original reporting and other types of reporting.

  1. Haitian cholera victims threaten United Nations with lawsuit – 29,228 views
  2. Mandela discharged from hospital – 28,346 views
  3. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies aged 87 – 27,427 views
  4. Study: Taste of beer causes chemical reward in male brain – 24,289 views
  5. Ninth World Games open in Santiago de Cali, Colombia – 24,169 views
  6. Healthcare workers, public officials struggle to address influenza outbreak across much of U.S. – 23,970 views
  7. Record size 17.4 million-digit prime found – 23,569 views
  8. First successful womb transplant recipient passes six-week pregnancy mark – 23,508 views
  9. Two people confirmed dead in Boston Marathon bombing – 22,385 views
  10. Researchers create rat kidneys in a laboratory – 20,428 views
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