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November 29, 2005

Hacking baby cheetahs and hunger strikes

Here are some interesting stats for all you media hackers1 out there to mull over. They help answer the ever-pressing question for jornalists - what do readers actually want to read.

ETHIOPIA: Jailed opposition leaders to go on hunger strike
20 related stories on Google news

ETHIOPIA: Troops rescue cheetah cubs
141 related stories on Google news

1 Phrase coined, I think, by Ethan Zuckerman, of My Heart's in Accra and the now award-winning Global Voices. Media hacking means something like using blogging and internet statistics to get the inside story on where stories are being read and how they are being used. There are some good examples of the practice here and here.

Posted by aheavens at November 29, 2005 6:48 AM