Isabelle Roughol – The J junkie

The tribulations of a young journalist and writer looking for work

The best of “best of” lists

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I am like most readers; I love “Best of” lists. With the end of year coming, every newsroom almost has come up with theirs. Here are my favorite favorites’ lists, and since I don’t feel the need to make it a round number, it’s a top 7. 

7- New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2007: I haven’t read a single one, but it feels smart to know I know of them. A couple are on my to read list, especially “Imperial Life in the Emerald City.”  

6- Time’s 50 Top 10 lists: Get your craving satisfied. Among the noteworthy, the Top 10 Awkward Moments (hello, Britney), the Top 10 Man-Made Disasters (global warming, duh) and the Top 10 Green Ideas (Walmart and the U.S., really?). 

5- Ask.com’s Top 10 Search Words: MySpace is the top search (you’d think people could just type in myspace.com in the address field). Also the top 10 presidential candidate searches (Barack Obama at the top), 10 top TV show searches (Hannah Montana, seriously?) and the pregnant celeb watch, if that’s your thing. 

4- Wired’s Top 10 Startups Worth Watching in 2008: It makes me feel smart that I actually know (and use) three out of 10. 

3- OJR’s Top 5 Lessons for Online Journalism: Learn the 5 things to do with your news site right now, including “4) Ask readers for information, not articles.” Amen. 

2- Editor and Publisher’s Top 10 Newspaper Industry Stories of 2007: Of course, Murdoch and WSJ had to top the list. 

1- Foreign Policy’s Top 10 Stories You Missed in 2007: Scary to think I follow the news closely daily and I hadn’t heard of a single one of those major developments. The epidemic of dengue fever is one of the more worrisome ones: my brother got dengue when we lived in the Caribbean islands, and it’s not pleasant.  

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Written by Isabelle Roughol

Tuesday, 25 December, 2007 at 19:02

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  1. […] I know why! They grab the public’s attention on your cover better than a puppy hugging a baby (yes, the puppy’s doing the hugging). They usually consist of simply reformatting research done by someone else, giving you super high return of very little time investment. And, every town of significant size is bound to be in one at some point, setting off a flurry of local bloggers advertising your publication for free. Lists are great. […]


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