The most-read sto­ries in 2018

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­[email protected]­

In 2018, we posted more than 1,000 lo­cal news sto­ries on newark­pos­ton­, at­tract­ing more than 1.1 mil­lion vis­its to the web­site.

It’s hard to say what makes a par­tic­u­lar story “go vi­ral” and at­tract a larger-than-nor­mal au­di­ence, but, typ­i­cally, we found that crime sto­ries draw a large au­di­ence, as do sto­ries about lo­cal busi­nesses, par­tic­u­larly those lo­cated down­town.

There are ex­cep­tions, though. This year’s most-read stor y was about UD’s an­nounce­ment that it would close the Chris­tiana Tow­ers and take over the Uni­ver­sity Court­yard Apart­ments ear­lier than ex­pected. It’s a story that drew at­ten­tion from UD stu­dents, res­onated with nos­tal­gic UD alumni and cap­tured the in­ter­est of Ne­wark­ers con­cerned about the im­pact the tow­ers’ clo­sure will have on sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hoods. With Ne­wark­ers still wait­ing for UD to pro­vide an­swers about why the tow­ers are clos­ing early and how those 1,300 beds will be re­placed, it’s a story that will con­tinue to be closely watched in 2019.

Below is a list of the 10 mostread sto­ries in 2018.

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1. UD to knock down Chris­tiana Tow­ers, take over Court­yard apart­ments

2. For­mer UD of­fi­cial Mered­ith Chap­man killed in mur­der-sui­cide

3. Man punches woman in the face at Deer Park

4. In­dict­ment: Al­leged sex traf­fick­ers held ab­ducted teen at Ne­wark mo­tel

5. Col­lege Square rede­vel­op­ment plan calls for apart­ments, re­tail space

6. Cather­ine Rooney’s to get new name, new menu

7. UD stu­dent fac­ing up to 15 years in prison for on-cam­pus rape

8. Col­lege Square Kmart to close in Novem­ber

9. 21-year-old UD stu­dent to run for mayor of Ne­wark

10. Pe­ru­vian res­tau­rant to re­place Del Pez on Main Street

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