Top 10 Stories of the Year to be summarized
by By RICK NORTON Associate Editor
Dec 26, 2013 | 895 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the final curtain on 2013 draws to its close, news outlets everywhere are preparing their annual top story listings for the year; the Cleveland Daily Banner is no exception.

In looking back all the way to Jan. 1 — almost 12 full months ago — what do you believe were the Top 10 newsmakers in Cleveland and Bradley County for 2013?

Like anything else, it’s a matter of perspective.

Beginning with Friday’s edition, our newsroom staff and editors will present theirs. Over the next couple of weeks, the Cleveland Daily Banner will publish summaries and updates on our front page of what we believe were the year’s Top 10 stories, as voted by our news team.

The list will be published in reverse order. Friday’s edition will focus on Story No. 10, and this will continue through Tuesday, Jan. 7, when Story No. 1 will be presented.

The staff’s selection process this year was coordinated similarly to previous years. It started with each news team member providing a preliminary list of their own nominations as taken from their respective news beats. The lists were combined into a ledger of about 110 possibilities, and this led to a vote by staff writers and editors.

This year, the first vote pared down the original list to 45, based on tabulations that were weighted according to the first ranking. A second vote was then taken, also weighted, and this netted our Top 10.

This year’s final ranking of newsmakers came out much closer than in past years. This is an indicator that in the views of our news staff, no single news item dominated the scene. Instead, a variety of news events rivaled one another for community attention over the course of the year.

What’s your opinion? Which newsmakers do you feel garnered the most headlines or the most conversations over the office water cooler?

Readers might be a little surprised this year to learn the thinking of the very reporters and editors who wrote about the news events of 2013.

As mentioned, the year had multiple news events that captured the public’s attention, but only 10 can make the Top 10 list. For this reason, in the final summary in which Story No. 1 is presented, a short listing of honorable-mention newsmakers will be included.