1) Politico’s “Top Ten Media Blunders of 2008” (three of the top five involve MSNBC)
2) E&P’s list of “Top 10 Newspaper Industry Stories Of The Year” (Number one? “Record Job Cuts.” Writes E&P’s Joe Strupp: “Three years ago, this was the top industry story of the year when some 2,000 newspaper jobs were lost in 2005. This year, Gannett cut that many in December alone…”)
3) The ten most popular Romenesko posts of 2008 based on Google Analytics stats (quite the hodgepodge).
4) Jon Friedman’s “journalists of the year” (an honor that one online commenter likened to “prettiest pig” or “best-smelling b.o.”).
Liz Cox Barrett is a freelance writer and graphic designer in Kalispell, Montana. She worked as a newspaper journalist in Denver and Kalispell for 20 years.