Posted on December 14, 2007
The top journalism blogs, in English
This is a vanity post, pure and simple.
Paul Bradshaw, who writes a blog called Online Journalism Blog, compiled a list he titled Are these the ten most popular journalism bloggers in America?
In his first draft, this very blog came in at No. 6 (w00t!!). But then Paul realized he had omitted Romenesko and MediaShift (both huge), so that would make this blog No. 8. Still okay by me.
Paul was inspired in part by a November post by his fellow Brit blogger Adrian Monck titled Britain’s Top Ten Journo-Bloggers.
Above is a screen capture from Journalism Daily on Dec. 13, 2007. This list changes every day. The site uses an algorithm called Social Rank to calculate “the hottest stories and bloggers every day” in a variety of categories (which are listed at the Social Rank site). It’s not equivalent to what Paul was doing, which was adding up RSS feed subscriptions for the various blogs.
Another way to survey the top journalism blogs is via Technorati’s authority rankings. You’ll see more than 5,000 blogs in the list, with a top authority score of about 3,500. The sort doesn’t always work perfectly, so if it seems kind of random when you try it, bookmark it and go back another day. Many of these blogs might not qualify as journalism blogs in your mind (many don’t in mine).
An unranked list of blogs published independently by journalists (including this one) is available at CyberJournalist.
Lastly, I tried looking up some numbers for popular blogs about journalism in Alexa, which delivers traffic rankings “based on the usage patterns of Alexa Toolbar users over a rolling 3 month period” ( “a combined measure of reach and pageviews”). But that was not very useful:
- BuzzMachine.com has a traffic rank of 80,713
- mindymcadams.com has a traffic rank of 434,596 (can’t break out /tojou/)
- Onlinejournalismblog.com has a traffic rank of 841,509
- Jay Rosen’s PressThink: Can’t break it out from parent site nyu.edu
- MediaShift: Can’t break it out from parent site PBS.org
- Romenesko: Can’t break it out from parent site Poynter.org
It just goes to show that measuring Web site traffic is still a fuzzy process. I think Paul’s method of totaling RSS subscribers for each blog is a pretty fair way to compare blogs to blogs, but it won’t necessarily work well for other kinds of content.