Network News: June 18-24

SCOTT DETROW/STATEIMPACT PENNSYLVANIA

In The Spotlight

Scott Detrow of StateImpact Pennsylvania hit the road at a moment’s notice on Thursday after learning of a methane leak at a gas well in the northern part of the state. His willingness (and ability) to go straight to the source resulted in a timely exclusive packed with people, pictures and details. He also cultivated several sources and exciting leads that he never could have gotten without showing up—promising more to come for the growing number of visitors still arriving at the site.

Reader Faves

Most visited stories, in raw numbers:

  1. Indiana: ‘Uniquely Qualified or Not Qualified Enough? What They’re Saying About Mitch Daniels’ Move to Purdue
  2. Florida: The Truth About Bullying In Florida’s Schools
  3. Pennsylvania: DEP Investigating Potential Shell Methane Migration
  4. Pennsylvania: Chesapeake to Pay $1.6 Million for Contaminating Water Wells in Bradford County
  5. Indiana: It’s Official: Mitch Daniels Will Lead Purdue As University’s Next President

When Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels was named Purdue University’s next president, StateImpact Indiana was all over the story, covering not only the announcement and public reaction, but—perhaps more importantly for the StateImpact mission—the policy implications.  Covering breaking news comprehensively and intelligently brought lots of attention to the StateImpact Indiana site throughout the weekend.

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. Indiana: ‘Uniquely Qualified’ or ‘Not Qualified Enough’? What They’re Saying About Mitch Daniels’ Move to Purdue
  2. Idaho: An Entrepreneur, Stimulus Money and An Idaho Mill Town That Wants To Rise Again
  3. Pennsylvania: DEP Investigating Potential Shell Methane Migration
  4. Florida: The Truth About Bullying In Florida’s Schools
  5. Oklahoma: Four Things You Should Know About Chesapeake’s New Chairman and Board
  6. Ohio: New State Board of Education Appointee Stanley Jackson Played For Ohio State But Never Graduated
  7. Texas: Life By the Drop: Running Dry in Robert Lee
  8. New Hampshire: Another Tax on Campgrounds?

 

Social Media

Social media engagement is way up this week. We hope that is fueled, at least in part, by a growing awareness on your part of just how valuable a tool these sites can be. So, what is working?

Tools Most Often Used to Reach Our Content:

  1. Facebook (which accounts for 71% of all social media traffic to our sites)
  2. Reddit (accounts for 12%) (More on this to come…)
  3. Twitter (accounts for 10%)

And the stories that were most often reached through social media were (in order):

  1. Florida: The Truth About Bullying In Florida’s Schools
  2. Indiana: It’s Official: Mitch Daniels Will Lead Purdue As University’s Next President
  3. Pennsylvania: Chesapeake to Pay $1.6 Million for Contaminating Water Wells in Bradford County
  4. Pennsylvania: DEP Investigating Potential Shell Methane Migration
  5. Texas: Life By the Drop: Running Dry in Robert Lee
  6. Pennsylvania: Corbett Asks for Automatic Withholding on Drilling Royalty Payments
  7. Oklahoma: Four Things You Should Know About Chesapeake’s New Chairman and Board
  8. Ohio: New State Board of Education Appointee Stanley Jackson Played For Ohio State But Never Graduated

The sites most frequently visited by returning readers were almost identical.

Around the Network

Last week:

  • We got word that StateImpact Ohio won several awards from the Cleveland Press Club’s Ohio Excellence in Journalism competition, including:
    • First Place in New Media, Online Feature Story, which went to Molly Bloom for “Ohio’s Collective Bargaining Fight”
    • First Place in New Media, Analysis, which also went to Bloom for “Ohio’s SB 5, Explained”
    • And Second Place in Radio, On-going Coverage, which went to Ida Lieszkovszky for “Senate Bill 5”

The judges even tipped their hats to Bloom’s explainers, noting that she “made sense of numerous state laws affecting Ohio’s education system breaking their impact down for parents, students, teachers and other stakeholders.” Well done, Ohio!

  • Last week, StateImpact Texas’ excellent documentary, “Life By the Drop,” explored the state of water and drought in Texas with interesting characters, personal tales and policy analyses. As a collaboration between StateImpact Texas, KUT News and Texas Monthly, it features unique components for multiple platforms and we highly suggest you check them all out.

 This week

  • Watch for Amanda Loder of StateImpact New Hampshire’s new series, “Getting By, Getting Ahead.” Loder has been hard at work over the past month gathering stories about how people in New Hampshire’s various regions are faring in this economy.  Her series is slated to kick off this week.

Feed­back

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 one another.

Chris Swope, Jes­sica Pupo­vac, Ken Rudin & Becky Lettenberger

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