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Summit Voice: Most-viewed and weekend headlines

Travel, climate and photography …

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Moonrise over Independence Mountain.

FRISCO — A short weekend travel blurb on the opening of Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park quickly became the most-viewed story of the past week, followed by an architecturally themed photo essay — thanks, #FriFotos friends! Beyond that, the list included a hurricane season forecast, public land news, wildfires and climate and state wildlife and water stories. Click on the headline to read the stories and share this post with your friends.

 

 

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Summit Voice: Week in review & most-viewed stories

Atmospheric CO2 now at 400 parts per million - how high will it go?

Atmospheric CO2 now at 400 parts per million – how high will it go?

Oil spill, climate and weather stories top the list

FRISCO — Out story on lingering Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacts to Gulf of Mexico aquatic ecosystems got a lot of social media love to become the most-viewed story of the week, while local weather, marked by a series of wet spring storms, also garnered reader attention. Also of note, two Summit Voice photo essays, as well as a guest post by Stan Wagon, also cracked the top 10 list:

A few more stories worth reading from the past week:

 

Summit Voice: Most-viewed and week in review

Blue whales stand a good chance of rebuilding genetically healthy populations.

Whales, skier deaths lead the most-viewed story list

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY —It’s always nice when a good-news story gets top billing, and that’s what happened with our report on some genetic research into blue whales, the gentle giants of the ocean. The whales, hunted for their blubber and oil until there were only a few hundred left, are making a comeback, and a new study suggests that their genetic diversity is high enough to ensure a robust population rebound. Google News helped drive visitors to the story, and more general Google searches led readers to several skier death stories, including two at Summit County ski areas, as well as a short report on the Teton avalanche that killed two well-known local mountaineers.

New journalism models emerging locally, globally

Spot.Us uses community micro-donations to help fund investigative stories.

Curating Twitter feeds and other sources, and micro-donations for local reporting are some highlights from the new media scene

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — The world of web journalism is evolving so fast that it’s sometimes hard to keep track of all the latest developments. It seems like almost every day, there are new channels for information and new models being tried to make those models sustainable and accessible to readers.

One of my favorite new concepts is a daily “newspaper” compiled from Twitter, the short-message social media channel that has grown into a vital information stream for journalists.

Designed to read like the home page of a news website, paper.li simply organizes links shared on Twitter into an easy to read newspaper-style format. It’s interactive, allowing users to create “newspapers” for any Twitter user, list or #tag. Continue reading

Commentary: Why pay for online news?

The New York Times announced Jan. 20 it will start charging some users for access to online content, based on how many stories they want to see. Some basic level of access will remain free, and the rates could change based on market conditions.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — The Jan. 20 announcement by the New York Times that it will start charging for access to its content on the web sent a ripple through the media world, but the move was not completely unexpected. It costs money to produce quality content, and the print edition just isn’t paying the bill;

Other newspapers and web sites will try to figure out if the move marks a sea change in the way online news is offered and consumed, and whether their own content is valuable enough to charge for.

Essentially, the Times is going to use what its own media columnist David Carr called a metered model, in which some access will remain free, but consumers will have to pay if they want more. Your first 20 clicks per month won’t cost anything, but then you’ll need to pull out your credit card. Print subscribers will have free access to all the content.

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