What we learned from the year’s most-read stories
It’s a nostalgic time of year, so it’s not surprising that clicking through the stories we wrote over the past 12 months felt a bit like visiting old friends—incredible researchers, hardworking students, ambitious graduates, and thoughtful staff and faculty members with great advice.
Compiling the top five most-read stories also taught us a few things about our readers that we thought we’d share:
1. You really enjoy a good joke
Our April Fool’s Day story about an anonymous donor Who Must Not Be Named was read thousands of times. Sadly, the story about adding moving staircases to the atrium of the Centre for Arts and Culture was a ruse, but we’re excited to share the other magical features of the new building when it opens in Fall 2017.
2. Reading about other people’s mistakes make you feel better about your own
We like to think that the interest in our story about first-day fails came from a place of commiseration rather than schadenfreude. Either way, stories about going to the wrong class for three weeks, unbridled enthusiasm and taking the wrong bus really hit home.
3. Long reads really resonate
In January, we started writing a series of long-form stories to accompany the university’s new Clock Radio podcast (you can subscribe on iTunes or Soundcloud). The very first installment was about safe spaces on campus.
Interestingly, several of our most-read stories of 2016 were part of our series of long reads. If you have some time over the holidays, check them out.
4. You like to celebrate success
We do too! Sharing stories about our brand-new graduates is one of the year’s highlights. In 2016, we had the pleasure of writing about students from the School of Business, Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Health and Community Studies, and Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications who are all off doing great things. We’re so proud.
5. You’re not afraid of the cold
Our story about winter biking in Edmonton wraps up the top-five stories of 2016. There are a surprising number of brave souls that trek to MacEwan by bike year-round. Read about their experiences and research into biking in the winter city.
We know this is a list of stories published in 2016, but we can’t help but give honourable mention to a story we wrote two years ago that seems to have earned a permanent place on our list of most-read stories. What ever happened to Little Albert? features research conducted by Associate Professor Nancy Digdon and Associate Professor Russ Powell that solved a longstanding mystery in the field of psychology.
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Take a look back at 2016: