Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Poynter Online: SacBee begins distributing web traffic reports

From a memo written by Sacramento Bee executive editor Rick Rodridguez to Sacramento Bee staffers and published by Jim Romenesko:

"Starting today, we are sending out daily reports on stories that are generating the most traffic on our websites, sacbee and sacticket. We are doing this to give you an idea of the types of stories that attract online readers most. We will not allow web traffic statistics to dictate story play in the newspaper."

Comment: Sure... because newspapers never cater to readers to influence circulation numbers.