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Why Listicles Are Here to Stay


Listicles, or articles in list form, have been around for decades. Traditional magazines like Cosmopolitan have had them on their cover for years (aka: “10 Sexiest Things To Do With Your Man Tonight!”)

But the resurgence of the listicle online really found its home on BuzzFeed. The news aggregator and youth-centric site is the most famous example of the listicle done right. Peruse the site and you will find thousands of lists on any subject you can think of. Most are humorous, some are enraging, others, uplifting. Take ”21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity,” an inspiring collection of photographs that has been viewed over 14 million times. They know what they’re doing, and they do it well.  Although BuzzFeed was once known as the silly home of cat memes, it now also focuses on international news and politics. A U.S. Senator recently caused quite a stir by creating his own listicle: ”11 Reasons Why Congress Needs to Fix Student Loan Rates Now,” mixing D.C. policy decisions with images and GIFs.

BuzzFeed’s editorial director Jack Shepherd recently told 10,000 Words via email about what makes listicles so attractive to his millions of readers. But first, he had a few things to say about the word itself. Read more

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10 More News Organizations To Follow On Pinterest

If you’re ready to hop aboard the Pinterest bandwagon but don’t know where to start, looking to other news organizations can serve as a source of inspiration. We’ve already shared five ways journalists can use Pinterest, five organizations to follow and how The Wall Street Journal is using the new social pinboard. Here are five more organizations to follow — and possibly to mimic if you like their ideas.

1. ProPublica

Board worth noting: ProPublica’s Fracking Board is a visual way for readers to follow a topic extensively covered by the news organization.

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A list of seven journalism related end-of-year roundups

This is the time of year news organizations pump out end-of-year “Best Of” lists highlighting the top stories from readers or editors. I wanted to pass on a few of my favorite end-of-year best lists related to journalism and news. Please submit your favorites I missed in the comments, so we can all enjoy it.

The 20 Unhappiest People You Meet In The Comments Sections Of Year-End Lists

This list from NPR made me physically LOL when I first read it. It’s spot on when it comes to the reaction you see in the comments sections of many stories, not just the year-end lot. It’s appropriate fodder to start with as you wade into other year-end lists.

Top 10 Longreads

The Longreads founder pulls together his team’s favorite of the longform stories and articles this year. Bonus: Readers submitted their own best of 2011 lists as well. These should keep you busy until next year’s list comes out.

The year in media errors and corrections features Osama/Obama, Giffords

Regret The Error is always one of my personal favorite end-of-year roundups. It makes me feel better about any errors I may have let slip when I see the truly colossal oopsies that made the air or print. This year’s listing — including never-to-be-lived-down classics like “Obama Bin Laden is dead” — doesn’t disappoint.

The 50 Funniest Headlines Of 2011

From a “horse herpes outbreak” to “meatball sandwich horseplay” Buzzfeed’s roundup is amusing even if it’s impossible to be all-inclusive. It’s probably not surprising that a surprising number of these have to do with food or animals, is it?

The Ten Worst Media Disasters of 2011

In case you’re more a fan of the worst lists than the bests, here’s a round-up of media moments some important people would like to put behind them as they head into a new year. Read it and resolve not to make this list next year.

Top Ten Comedic News Stories of 2011

If you enjoy CSPAN and CNN as much as the not-news shows on that other C-channel — Comedy Central — then this list will make you grin. It’s the top 10 funny stories this year from “political comedian” Will Durst.

The Year in News 2011

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism says the economy topped the 2011 news cycle, taking up some 20 percent of the news hole — up from 14 percent in 2010. Mideast unrest came in a distant second, followed by the 2012 Presidential election. Read the full study to see what else rounded out the top stories of the year based on coverage.

Finally, if you haven’t had enough, Fast Company made an amazing mashup of 2011 best and worst lists. It’s a bit overwhelming but more than a bit worth grazing.