The 10 Most-Clicked News Stories of 2021
Analytics, charts, graphs — Hamilton’s Communications & Marketing content team pays attention to it all, but is greatly interested to learn what our readers want to read most. So, following are the top 10 most-clicked news stories from 2021.
- The most read story of 2021 featured 14 faculty members who retired in 2020-21 and 2019-20. Since Hamilton’s 2020 Commencement was canceled due to the pandemic, the printed program that typically recognizes retiring faculty was not published; this article that paid tribute to all 14 retirees received a whopping 12,539 clicks.
- Hamilton life trustee and former Wall Street executive Keith Wellin ’50 died in 2014. In April 2021, the College announced an estate gift of nearly $22 million — the single largest gift in Hamilton’s history.
- In the third spot was news that David Solomon ’84, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, was unanimously elected as chair of Hamilton’s Board of Trustees. Solomon is a charter trustee and co-chair of the Because Hamilton campaign.
- In dreary February, news site readers were eager to read about movies and TV shows with Hamilton connections.
- Coming in at No. 5 was news that Café Opus — a beloved campus institution for 26 years — was closing its two locations with the retirement of co-managers Larry Bender and Sarah Goldstein.
- Construction of a new $2 million boathouse on the Erie Canal in Rome, made possible by the generosity of alumni rowers, was cause for celebration and many clicks!
- Next we have news of student success. A March announcement of our three Watson fellowship recipients received an enthusiastic response from readers.
- As the Fulbright Program celebrated its 75th anniversary, Hamilton was honored as one of “nine baccalaureate institutions [that] have been top producers of Fulbright U.S. students every year for the past 10 years.” The College’s consistent success was of great interest to readers.
- Alumni and the campus community were thrilled to read about Tampa Bay Times reporter Kat McGrory ’05, who won a Pulitzer Prize in the local reporting category.
- On a more somber note, readers were interested in the perspectives of 12 faculty members who reflected on rules of governance after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.