Most read stories of 2012

Tower Street is under water after the River Ouse burst its banks in September

The Queen at York Minster

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , jennifer.bell@thepress.co.uk

WITH a year that saw the Queen’s visit, a hot debate on a new stadium for York and floods strike the region twice, The Press website was the place to be in 2012.

The Press broke online figures records as we provided rolling coverage of live events and broke the news from political dramas to disturbing crimes, tales of woe but also stories that made you smile.

Figures from our parent company, Newsquest, have now revealed The Press’s ten most-read stories online over the past 12 months as we have continued to expand our website.

The top five were about flooding, with detailed coverage as heavy rainfall battered York and North Yorkshire at the end of September, forcing roads, schools and businesses to shut, with York recording its third-highest river levels. Then in November, more floods again hit businesses still trying to recover.

We kept readers informed minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour on our website as well as dedicated Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Our rolling coverage of the debate on plans for the the multi-million pound community stadium and retail outlet, at Monks Cross, in May also attracted thousands of online hits – and was the most commented-on article this year.

Rolling coverage of the Queen’s visit in May attracted a massive online audience as roving reporters covered the royal parade through the city. The discovery of an unexploded bomb in Lawrence Street in January also drew in the online crowds – as did a fire at the University of York in February that led to 400 people being evacuated.

Steve Hughes, editor of The Press, said: “The Press has one of the fastest growing newspaper websites in the country and we now attract almost 500,000 unique users each month. One of the reasons for our success is that no other media organisation in the area can provide the comprehensive coverage that we do day in day out.

“And when big stories do break, such as the floods or the Queen’s visit to York we pull out all the stops to bring our readers full live coverage, including news, information, picture galleries and video reports. “


Top 5 Stories

1 – Flooding report on September 26 - 70,897 page impressions
2 – Flooding report on September 27 - 57,427  page impressions
3 - Flooding report on September 25 - 49,122 page impressions
4 – Flooding report on November 26 – 44,824 page impressions
5 – Live coverage of stadium and shops plan – 41,913 page impressions

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9:28am Thu 20 Dec 12

peterstreet says...

was any body injutered?
was any body injutered? peterstreet
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1:14pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Buzz Light-year says...

The live rolling news articles are great. Definitely the way forward for online publishing.
The live rolling news articles are great. Definitely the way forward for online publishing. Buzz Light-year
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1:29pm Thu 20 Dec 12

pedalling paul says...

Noticed that a man was killed three times on the railway line near York........he must be pretty fed up by now!
Noticed that a man was killed three times on the railway line near York........he must be pretty fed up by now! pedalling paul
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7:12pm Thu 20 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Noticed that a man was killed three times on the railway line near York........he must be pretty fed up by now!
Groundhog day
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Noticed that a man was killed three times on the railway line near York........he must be pretty fed up by now![/p][/quote]Groundhog day Paul Meoff
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11:22pm Thu 20 Dec 12

MouseHouse says...

The top 5 stories were about flooding yet we have a photo of a senior citizen from London, a Mrs Windsor, at the top of the story, even though we are given no figures about 'impressions' for her visit. As ever with things to do with the unelected, unaccountable and increasingly secretive Windsors we are given no facts but are told of a "massive online audience". Facts and figures please, then we'll have some vague idea of whether this person is popular. Even better would be a referendum on a British Republic.
The top 5 stories were about flooding yet we have a photo of a senior citizen from London, a Mrs Windsor, at the top of the story, even though we are given no figures about 'impressions' for her visit. As ever with things to do with the unelected, unaccountable and increasingly secretive Windsors we are given no facts but are told of a "massive online audience". Facts and figures please, then we'll have some vague idea of whether this person is popular. Even better would be a referendum on a British Republic. MouseHouse
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9:57am Fri 21 Dec 12

Von_Dutch says...

MouseHouse, feel free to lobby for a referendum about this. You'd lose. Polls have consistently shown that 80% of the public are in favour of the monarchy, with only 13% in favour of becoming a republic.
MouseHouse, feel free to lobby for a referendum about this. You'd lose. Polls have consistently shown that 80% of the public are in favour of the monarchy, with only 13% in favour of becoming a republic. Von_Dutch
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11:06am Fri 21 Dec 12

cityforthepremier says...

The website is used because it's free and there is no competition in the newspaper market in the City of York. I bet the sales figures for the print edition tell a different story, despite the lack of a competitor.
The website is used because it's free and there is no competition in the newspaper market in the City of York. I bet the sales figures for the print edition tell a different story, despite the lack of a competitor. cityforthepremier
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