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Remember when plagiarism seemed like it would be the media problem of the decade?
It was a big story at The New York Times (Jayson Blair in 2003), USA Today (Jack Kelley in 2004) and the Detroit Free Press (Mitch Albom in 2005), as well as other places.

Then the citizen journalism movement gained tools and momentum.
Blogging was slow to catch on at news organizations, where many considered bloggers rivals, but soon enough it was ubiquitous, along with podcasts.

And finally, business problems loomed.

Here are some other media highlights from the decade now ending.

2009: Who will pay, who will charge? As the chaotic revolution accelerated, the dominant question became: Who will support the process of producing news and who will pay for the product?

2008: Presidential campaign coverage was followed on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, blogs and multiple platforms as candidates and journalists spread information wherever voters looked.

2007: Rupert Murdoch bought The Wall Street Journal. Also this year: The iPhone and Kindle were introduced.

2006: Twitter was launched. Three years later, the microblogging service is used by 18 million people worldwide to share information.

2005: Adrian Holovaty’s demonstrated data-driven publishing. In 2007, when the Knight Foundation introduced its News Challenge, Holovaty’s EveryBlock was among the first winners, with a $1.1 million grant. In 2009, Everyblock was purchased by

A “60 Minutes II” report on President Bush was discredited by bloggers; Dan Rather later resigned from CBS Evening News.

2003: “We the Media” recognized the interest that became “citizen journalism,” a development that enabled the popularity of blogs, Flickr, YouTube and other publishing tools.

2002: Google News was introduced.

2001: Wikipedia was launched and over the decade became a source of instant information for journalists and anyone interested in news.

2000: AOL and Time Warner merged. In 2009, they split.


This decade was one of tremendous change for media. This year was a particularly difficult one for journalism as news organizations struggled with declining revenue and increasingly fragmented competition.

There were also signs of hope and progress.

Looking at the most viewed stories over the course of a year paints an interesting picture of how people use Poynter Online. It’s a news site. It’s a resource for improving skills and learning new strategies. And it’s a growing source of business analysis and practical guidance about how to use technology.

The lists below rank 2009 articles by their page views, with the most-viewed at the top of each list.

Top 10 Stories on Poynter Online

Top Technology Stories

Top Business Stories

Top 10 Romenesko Stories

Other Top Stories

What will be the top media stories of 2010? We’ll be watching Google, the Associated Press, mobile, Twitter, e-readers/tablets, independent news sites. You tell us: what media stories will you be following next year?

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Julie Moos ( has been Director of Poynter Online and Poynter Publications since 2009. Previously, she was Editor of Poynter Online (2007-2009) and Poynter Publications…
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