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Today, Chartbeat celebrates World Press Freedom Day and journalists around the globe.

As part of our commemoration, we wanted to spotlight 14 examples – gathered and curated directly from the Chartbeat team – of critical stories that may not have seen the light of day without the efforts of courageous reporters and editors. These stories drive home the integrity and bravery of journalists worldwide, and underscore the importance of a free and thriving press.

  1. They are slaughtering us like animals’ – Daniel Berehulak, The New York Times

    A photojournalistic look at President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal antidrug campaign in the Philippines, documenting 57 homicide victims over 35 days.

  2. My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard: A Mother Jones Investigation – Shane Bauer, Mother Jones

    A
    Mother Jones reporter worked for four months as a private prison guard for an unconstrained look inside the U.S. penal system.

  3. The CountedThe Guardian

    A Guardian investigation revealed the true number of people killed by law enforcement in the U.S., told the stories of who they were, and established the trends in how they died. The US government responded.

  4. How Ingrained Is Sexism in Silicon Valley? Ask the Women Trying to Get Funding – Doree Shafrir, New York Magazine

    ‘When she asked whether or not the investor had seen the background on her company, he replied, “No, I didn’t. Actually, I’ve got to be honest with you — I didn’t look into it at all. I just took the meeting because you’re hot.”’

  5. Killings of Gay Chechens – Elena Milashina and Irina Gordienko, Novaya Gazeta

    An investigation into persecution of the LGBTQ community in Chechnya. Since publishing this piece, the reporter, Elena Milashina, has had to go into hiding.

  6. The Atrocities in Yemen – Iona Craig

    Iona Craig is interviewed on Al Jazeera English about the UN report discussing the atrocities in Yemen — and the need for a truly independent coalition to conduct such investigations.

  7. Part I: Afghan Refugees Forced to Return to a Home Many Have Never Known
    Part II: Police Harassment Drives Afghan Refugees Out of Pakistan – Umer Ali, News Deeply


    In the “Return to Afghanistan” series, Umer Ali travels to the Pakistani border city of Peshawar and digs into the forced return of thousands of Afghan refugees, its effect on families, and reports of their intimidation.

  8. Photojournalism from Syria – Rami Jarrah

    Rami Jarrah, a Syrian political activist, uses his Instagram account to document the Syrian civil war through photographs of the Syrian people.

  9. Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005 –  David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post

    In a video obtained by
    The Washington Post, Donald Trump brags in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone.

  10. How Erdogan became Turkey’s biggest media boss – Ufuk Sanli, Turkey Pulse

    A ferocious onslaught on critical media over the past year has left President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey’s biggest media boss. “If I were a dictator,” he said, “you wouldn’t be able to say all this.” Sanli, the author of this piece, has been
    arrested twice.

  11. How the Affordable Care Act Drove Down Personal Bankruptcy – Allen St. John, Consumer Reports

    An in-depth look at the Affordable Care Act and how expanded health insurance has helped families across the country stay out of bankruptcy.

  12. The Khadija Project

    Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova covered the corruption of Azerbaijan’s ruling family before she was arrested on Dec. 5, 2014 and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison on September 2015. She appealed and was set free on May 25, 2016. The Khadija Project continues her work on behalf of other journalists behind bars in Azerbaijan.

  13. ‘Our daughter has no memory of her father’: Chhattisgarh reporter gets bail after 17 months – Malini Subramaniam, Scroll.in

    “These two laws are widely held as draconian as the ‘unlawful activity’ laid down in these Acts are vague and so broad as to be highly amenable to gross abuse and arbitrary and unreasonable action by the state police and administration,” said Sudha Bharadwaj, general secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties.

  14. “Northern coyotes are increasing quotas for Trump” – Oscar Martínez, elfaro

    An in-depth look at undocumented immigration and the “coyotes” who facilitate it in Central America and Mexico.

According to recent Chartbeat research, the answer is no.  

The different ways a visitor can land on your content influence not only what they read, but also how they read. Recent research from Chartbeat shows that people exhibit different content consumption behaviors when coming from external platforms like Facebook and Google than when already on your site.  

While exploring the differences in content consumption, we dug into a common myth: do more shares on social media mean more subsequent engagement on the article? What is the correlation between what people share on Facebook and what they actually read?

It turns out, high interactions or virality on social media don’t always translate into actual reader engagement with stories.

Gap_FacebookShares_ArticleEngagement

To examine the relationship between social engagement and readership, we looked at the 1,000 most shared stories on Facebook for November-December of 2016 and compared their share counts with the total amount of time visitors spent reading them on publisher websites.

While there is a small positive correlation between shares and total engagement, the relationship between the two is quite weak. For stories that attracted 1000 shares on Facebook, the Total Engaged Time they earned ranges from around 14 hours to over 1000 days. This tells us that social media interaction and actual reader engagement are not as closely aligned as many tend to think.

Why is this so important?  It speaks to the importance of headlines on Facebook, and to the need for content creators to evaluate not just social metrics like shares and likes, but also time spent with content, to get a true read on engagement.

For more insights on Facebook and Google behaviors and what they mean for your audience-building strategies, download our latest study here.

Are you seeing similar trends? To talk to us about it in more depth, email us at insights@chartbeat.com.

It’s a social world out there, folks, and we know that means your content doesn’t just live on your site anymore. Enter: Chartbeat Offsite Social. Powered by CrowdTangle and available to clients of both CrowdTangle Pro and Chartbeat Publishing, Offsite Social gives you an expanded view of article performance so that you can understand how the articles you write get read and distributed on social platforms.

We’re trying to close the social gap between understanding the data behind articles posted on your site and social activity surrounding your articles offsite in real time. A new lens on your data shows you how your article is performing on social platforms including Facebook, Instagram, and Reddit, to give you a complete view of your articles: not just who’s reading them on your site, but who’s sharing, liking, and talking about them across social media channels. Read more about the feature here

 

What will this let me do?

Know at a glance where your stories are being picked up, how they’re being viewed, and how many readers are interacting with them – in real time – so you can do something about it in the moment: participate in the conversation, promote the story elsewhere, or identify prominent influencers for your brand.

 

How do I get in on this?

We’re opening up our beta! If you’d like to learn more or find out how you can become a beta partner for the Offsite Social feature, reach out to offsitesocial@chartbeat.com.

We’re headed to #ONA16!

September 13th, 2016 by Katie

On Thursday, the Chartteam is taking a little trip out of NYC and over to Denver for #ONA16.

This is one of our favorite events of the year, always filled with fun and engaging discussions with the industry’s brightest – and we don’t want to miss you! We’ll be holding down the fort at booth M11 in the Midway. We have a lot to show you – new tools, company updates, and of course, Chartbeat t shirts (and iPhone cases!).

We can’t wait.

 

Here’s what else we’ve got going on while we’re there:

 

Audience Building in the Age of Platforms

Don’t miss Chartbeat’s session, Audience Building in the Age of Platforms, as Josh Schwartz, Chief of Data Science, talks about how publishers should be thinking about quality and audience attention in a multi-platform world.

1:00pm on Saturday in the Mineral C&B room

 

Product Training & Demos

Want to just say hi and see what’s new? Make sure you stop by our booth (M11) and look out for our Product Training and Product Demo sessions in the Bullring: Data Discovery in the Newsroom on Thursday, 9/15 from 11:25-11:45am, and Best Practices for Building Loyalty on Saturday, 9/17 from 12:35-12:55pm.

 

See you there!

Scrolling in the Deep

August 10th, 2016 by Katie

To scroll or not to scroll? When 35% of desktop users leave a page before scrolling down at all, you should do whatever you can to capture the attention of the other 65% and make sure they’re actually reading your content.

How readers are moving around on your pages — particularly, how far down the page they’re scrolling — can tell you a lot about how to make your pages more engaging. Take a look at these remarkable statistics about page interactions:

  • The most viewed area of the page is just above the fold. Viewership peaks (just over 80%) at about 550 pixels.
  • The portion of the page below the fold is viewed for nearly three times as long as the top of the page. Pixels at the top of the page are in view for the shortest amount of time — about 4 seconds — and the amount of time in view steadily rises as we move down the page, peaking at around 1200 pixels.
  • Readers who do scroll down past the fold engage much more towards the bottom of the page than they do at the top. We see this represented in the figure below, where we show the amount of time each area of the page was actively viewed by those who scrolled to view it at all.

 

Engagement Across the Page

What does this mean? Don’t just structure your content like every other article out there. Since there’s a large drop-off of readers once you get past the fold, you should touch on your main point early on to speak to all of your readers. When finalizing layout, however, keep in mind how readers typically read and scroll through pages. By setting up your articles to suit these behaviors, you’ll see much more engagement with your content.

Want to learn more about how to improve your layout strategies? Download our checklist for Engaging Article Layout, and get in touch at productoutreach@chartbeat.com.