The New York Times Prioritizes Commenters by Placing Them at The Center of Its Homepage

Joseph Lichterman | Nieman Lab

On Thursday night, as part of its ongoing coverage of the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif.,The New York Times highlighted reader comments in one of its most prominent digital spaces: The top of its homepage.


The Times asked readers to share their answer to the question “How often, if ever, do you think about the possibility of a shooting in your daily life?” Readers from all walks of life— from a 62 year-old Missouri hospital worker to a 15-year old Oregon high school student —answered the Times’ call-out.

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