Greg Peck: How an actor and Hollywood gathering trade to Gazette’s website


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The Gazette gets weekly statistics on trade to a website, GazetteXtra. Crime and collision stories roughly always beget a many seductiveness among readers, yet grill news also grabs attention.

But one story in a news for Nov. 16-22 stranded out as unusual. Making a tip 5 was a Charles Krauthammer mainstay headlined “Obama’s artificial war.” The Washington Post columnist opined in his syndicated Nov. 20 column—which we posted on a website during a allocated time, 7 p.m. Nov. 19—that “France’s boss has responded furiously to his country’s 9/11. Meanwhile, Barack Obama has responded to Paris with fatigue and annoyance.”

A constrained piece, to be sure. But what gathering thousands of people to review it on The Gazette’s website? Andrew Reuter, a digital calm coordinator, did a small sleuthing to find out. He found a startling answer involving amicable media.

It was James Woods, a actor. That’s right, a same Hollywood man who achieved in such films as “Once Upon a Time in America” in 1984, “Casino” in 1995 and “The Virgin Suicides” in 1999, as good as a ephemeral TV array “Shark.” Woods review Krauthammer’s mainstay on The Gazette’s website. Then, he tweeted it out to his followers, saying “This author nails it each time. A glorious analyst.”

“This form of situation, where a wire-opinion mainstay draws a ton of pageviews, happens occasionally,” Reuter told his newsroom colleagues in a weekly report. “Usually, it’s since of Google’s pointless algorithms resplendent on us. But in this case, we can tell from Google Analytics that some-more than half of a trade for this story came from Twitter. … Facebook and Google generally pull most some-more trade than Twitter, so this news is engaging by itself. Even some-more interesting: The Gazette Twitter comment didn’t even share this story.”

Instead, a couple to GazetteXtra.com that actor James Woods common in his twitter is what gathering so many readers to Krauthammer’s column.

Greg Peck can be reached during (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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