From the Onion: Most e-mailed list tearing NYT newsroom apart:
Nagourney, currently stuck covering Barak Obama’s presidential campaign in Minnesota, said he’s been trying to make his stories more e-mail-friendly. But so far, success has eluded him.
“I thought my Elizabeth Edwards breast cancer article the other week had a great chance, as it was at the intersection of politics, health, death, and familyâ€”and had the word ‘breast’ in the headlineâ€”but it didn’t even make the top 10,” Nagourney said. “Whatever.”
I’ve seen first hand how much consternation the most-viewed and most e-mailed lists can cause among newsroom staffers. “What do you mean, my 40-inch think piece on the new county budget only had 10 page views?”
True… and too funny!
I’d guess the most-emailed stories are likely to be the less important and less widely read news of the day. You’re not likely to e-mail to your friend a story that everybody is already reading. You’ll e-mail a story that you’ve found, that you think they might miss otherwise.