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Most of The New York Times’ most popular items last year weren’t news stories

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Last year’s most popular item in The New York Times was this interactive, an image gallery of sorts that showed the photographic evolution of four sisters over 40 years.

That interactive, which appeared in The New York Times Magazine section of nytimes.com, was more popular than the paper’s coverage of marquee news events, including the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the shooting of teenager Michael Brown and news of a suicide bombing in Iraq.

Many of the most popular items from 2014 aren’t conventional news stories at all — they’re contributed content (Dylan Farrow’s open letter about Woody Allen), quizzes (2013′s “How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk was on the list for two years straight), and question-and-answer sessions (The Times’ Q and A on the Ebola crisis made the list).

Compare that to 2013′s most popular list, which was peppered with news stories — Pope Francis’ selection, coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings, and an in-depth on homelessness in New York City. Read more

from Poynter. http://ift.tt/1z133eR

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