Network News: June 9-15, 2012

In The Spotlight

Molly Bloom

This week’s spotlight story comes from Molly Bloom of StateImpact Ohio. Although the piece first aired on June 8, it was #5 last week in terms of total visits. Exploring the pros and cons of computerized essay grading could have been a real snooze fest. But her humorous, irreverent approach made the piece lighthearted, interesting and fun. It also tackled an approach to grading that is rarely explored, yet is becoming more ubiquitous in schools around the country. All this and more helped it garner attention long after the original air date. Nice work, Molly.

Reader Faves

Most visited stories, in raw numbers:

  1. Florida: What Students, Teachers do During the Final Days of Class
  2. Pennsylvania: Shale Play: Natural Gas Fracking in Pennsylvania
  3. Texas: Revolving Door: Oil & Gas Companies Hire Former Texas Regulators
  4. Ohio: Bullying Gut Check: Is It Really an Epidemic?
  5. Ohio: The Pros and Cons of Using Computers to Teach Students How to Write
Most vis­ited con­tent on each site, in order of popularity:

What does that mean? Well, we took the top post from each of your states, accord­ing to traf­fic. We adjusted those fig­ures to reflect each state’s pop­u­la­tion and then ordered the results.

  1. Penn­syl­va­nia: Fracking Disclosure: Colorado’s Compromise Is Pennsylvania’s Controversy
  2. Florida: What Students, Teachers do During the Final Days of Class
  3. Idaho: Outdoor Recreation An “Overlooked Economic Giant”
  4. Okla­homa: Declassified: Chesapeake Wants ‘Relief’ from an Oklahoma Law It Helped Write
  5. New Hamp­shire: Pen­sion Reform: Some Myth-Busters To Fol­low The Stalemate
  6. Indi­ana: How IU Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom Changed The World
  7. Ohio: Bullying Gut Check: Is It Really an Epidemic?
  8. Texas: Revolving Door: Oil & Gas Companies Hire Former Texas Regulators

Three of the eight top stories were actually published the week prior, which speaks well of the quality of our content… though perhaps not so well for the volume of coverage this past week. With everyone back from the sick ward, hopefully we can all get our groove back moving forward.

New vs. Return­ing Visitors

Return­ing vis­i­tors’ top five sto­ries this week from across the net­work (also weighted accord­ing to population):

  1. Pennsylvania: Fracking Disclosure: Colorado’s Compromise Is Pennsylvania’s Controversy
  2. Florida: What Students, Teachers do During the Final Days of Class
  3. Idaho: Jobless In Idaho: Short-Term Work Is A Short-Term Fix
  4. Oklahoma: The 10 Fastest-Growing Oklahoma Jobs … of the Future
  5. Pennsylvania: Shale Play: Natural Gas Fracking in Pennsylvania
The message is consistent: our return visitors are coming back for investigative, informative, public service journalism. Take note of the stories that are most popular with return visitors on your site.

Around the Network

Last week:

  • Our partners at KUT in Texas won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage of the Texas Drought.

 This week

  • A special report on drought and water use in Texas, produced by KUT and StateImpact Texas in collaboration with Texas Monthly, will air this Friday, June 22 at 3:00 pm. It will also air on several other Texas public radio stations (including those in Houston and San Antonio) at later dates.
  • Jes­sica Pupo­vac will be organizing several report-backs, posting blog posts and contacting reporters this week to share all that she learned at the Inves­tiga­tive Reporters & Edi­tors’ con­fer­ence in Boston.

Feed­back

We hope all of this is help­ful. Keep up the great work and please do let us know about your suc­cesses and chal­lenges so that we can all con­tinue to learn from each other.

Chris Swope, Jes­sica Pupo­vac, Ken Rudin & Becky Lettenberger

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