May’s most social local news stories revealed

The courtroom hearings involving Amber Heard and Johnny Depp in America have made headlines around the world — for understandable reasons.

But it was a surprise appearance by Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp in Sheffield last week which proved to be the most social local news story of the month.

Using social analytics tool Newswhip, Behind Local News has analysed the stories from local news publishers around the UK to find the ones which generated the highest number of interactions in May.

Our list only contains stories from local publishers which are local news stories, leaving to one side national stories which have been published by local newsrooms.

In May, the local news story which had the biggest reaction on social media was from the Sheffield Star:

The Hollywood star, whose appearances in a court in Virginia have been every bit as box office as many of his films, apparently left his court hearing to travel to the UK to appear alongside Jeff Beck at the City Hall in Sheffield.

Combined with YorkshireLive’s take on the same story, Depp’s appearance in Steel City attracted 115,000 interactions.

The birth of a Brazilian Tapir at Amazona Zoo in North Norfolk was the third most social local news story of May, and reported by the Eastern Daily Press.

The EDP told readers it was the fourth time Emma, the mother Tapir, had tried to have a baby.

4. Lancaster Bomber to fly over Derbyshire this weekend to mark Dambusters anniversary — Derbyshire Times

5. Toddler sent home to die given escort from hospital by nearly 100 bikers — WalesOnline

6. Ukrainian mum is one of the first refugees to find work in the UK — CambridgeshireLive

7. Cafe owner’s tribute to ‘kind’ schoolboys after touching thank you gift — GlasgowLive

8. Katie Price is coming to Birmingham but it will cost £80 to meet her — BirminghamLive

9. Katie Price greeted by just a handful of fans as make-up tour kicks off — BirminghamLive

10. ‘We’re lucky to get her back’ — Drone finds missing Pinky after 17 days — Ipswich Star

  • In 2022, Behind Local News aims to celebrate local journalism in all its forms through our 365 Acts of Local Journalism Project. Lets us know what you think should be included. You can email us here or contact us via Twitter on BehindLocalNews or on Facebook here.

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