Forest P. Hayes; Michael Kaloki
Expensive readers, we’re grateful that so a lot of you — tens of millions of you — learn our tales annually.
And naturally we find it irresistible when a narrative will get an enormous variety of pageviews.
However pageviews aren’t the one measure of a narrative’s on-line success. There’s additionally “time on web page.” Do readers click on on a submit for a nanosecond, then jump over to Amazon to purchase some matcha tea? Or do they learn during?
So sure, it’s deeply satisfying to know that readers discovered a narrative and stayed with it. However we will not assist however want there had been extra devoted readers.
So the editors of our weblog are shining a highlight on “excessive engagement” tales from 2022 that we expect deserve extra pageviews. A few of them are sobering. Some are inspiring. And a few are simply plain enjoyable.
You may examine a younger man in Kenya who improbably determined to attempt his hand at ice sculpting — hoping to ship a message about local weather change. A nurse in Liberia who was annoyed that hospitals demanded pregnant girls carry a pricey bag of provides for admission — and got here up with an answer. And a deeply transferring probability encounter that our visuals editor Pierre Kattar had on the streets of Rome with an Afghan schoolteacher.
Listed here are 8 of our favourite hidden gems from 2022 that we hope you will click on on because the yr involves a detailed.
Ice sculpting and tropical warmth do not often go collectively, till Kenyan journalist Michael Kaloki determined to do one thing “loopy”: kind a crew to signify Africa on the Quebec Winter Carnival. Revealed on November 26, 2022
Public hospitals in Liberia could require a bag of provides to realize admission for supply: bleach, child garments, diapers. The $100 price ticket is an excessive amount of for the poor. One nurse has an answer. Revealed on October 15, 2022.
Joel R. Dennis (left), Maima Cooper
Pierre Kattar edited the photographs for an NPR story about two of the youngsters killed within the Sept. 30 assault. On Oct. 10, he went to an indication in Rome and made an sudden connection. Revealed on November 1, 2022.
A examine discovered that giving direct meals assist to girls and women in sub-Saharan Africa reduce their threat of contracting HIV by 64%, as a result of it alleviated the stress to interact in high-risk intercourse. Revealed on November 11, 2022.
Africa’s metalheads have a daring imaginative and prescient. We speak to Edward Banchs, creator of a brand new ebook about Africa’s metallic scene, and to a heavy metallic singer in Botswana often known as “Vulture.” Revealed on August 7, 2022.
Jan Egeland of the Norwegian Refugee Council, which has been awarded the Hilton Humanitarian Prize for serving to tens of millions in disaster, talks about unprecedented challenges and desires of a greater future. Revealed on October 20, 2022.
Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP by way of Getty Pictures
Well being justice lawyer Priti Krishtel would not consider your skill to heal ought to rely in your skill to pay. Her mission is to reform the patent system that drug corporations use to dam competitors. Revealed on October 13, 2022.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Basis
And since we will by no means resist a superb goat story:
It was the unstoppable power versus the immovable object as goats and sheep locked horns over salt licks newly uncovered in a warming local weather in Montana. A brand new examine experiences on this cage match. Revealed on October 17, 2022.
Forest P. Hayes