Showcase your staffs Top 10 stories at the end of the year

header-fhntodayTypically, when news outlets showcase their top stories of the year, it’s often at the end of December, right before Jan. 1. While high school staffs can do a year-in-review recap at that point, it makes even more sense for them to review the year that was at the end of the school year.

There are lots of ways to do this, from building a timeline of the year to having students vote on the top stories. One thing the FHNtoday staff is doing is counting down their Top 10 stories of the year during the final 10 days of the school year. The staff looked at data ranging from page visits to social media engagement and compiled their top stories.

Led by webmaster Chase Meyer, the staff posted their #10 story on Thursday, May 5, and will be posting a new story to the list each of the remaining 9 full days of the school year. You can check the staff’s list out here: FHNtoday’s Top Story of the Year.

What does your staff do to recap the year’s top stories? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 19th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He created The Next 26 and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on Twitter and Instragram @manfull and on Snapchat as aaronmanfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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