My 10 most popular Medium articles of 2015

Julia Haslanger
Dec 31, 2015 · 4 min read

I spent most of 2015 in grad school, focused on learning about “social journalism” and sharing what I learned while doing journalism. Much of that reporting is published here on Medium, and I’ve been wowed at the popularity and shelf-life of some of that work. So, without further ado, the 10 most popular pieces I wrote in 2015:

1) Journo Salary Sharer: How much do reporters make?

2) Day in the Life of an Engagement Editor: The Nation’s Annie Shields

I shadowed some really awesome journalists in the past year, including Annie Shields. She was the first person I followed around, and this first “Day in the Life” piece I published was incredibly popular. I attribute a fair amount of that to The Nation including a link to the piece in one of their email newsletters to subscribers. (Medium stats show the email referrals to this leaps and bounds ahead of other sources and far beyond what I see from email for other stories.) Anyway, a good lesson that many readers are curious about the journalists behind the curtain.

3) Let’s talk about journalism salaries

4) How to be happy in journalism if you hate being a reporter

5) Day in the Life of a Growth Editor: Vocativ’s Kat Lapelosa and Ryan Beckler

The “Day in the Life” piece about an engagement editor went so well, I did a few more similar pieces. This one, about two people with 2015’s hot title “growth editor,” also commanded a sizable audience. It also had a double appeal: People weren’t only curious about what a growth editor does, but also about what Vocativ is. And to everyone who has asked me how to pronounce Vocativ (which is everyone who’s tried to talk to me about this article IRL or over the phone), it’s like “evocative” minus the e-, (or maybe they were going for “provocative” minus the pro-).

And a quick-hit list for the next five:

Now… what do you want me to write about in 2016?

Keep up with my work by following my two publications: Journo Salary Sharer and Social Journalism 101.

Social Journalism 101

Understanding the new roles for journalists in newsrooms — particularly around engaging and growing audiences

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Journalism nerd exploring audience engagement, analytics and newsrooms. My path so far: WI ▹ Mizzou ▹ CO ▹ DC ▹ NYC ▹ Chicago. Engagement consultant at Hearken.

Social Journalism 101

Understanding the new roles for journalists in newsrooms — particularly around engaging and growing audiences