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Celebrating ‘The Circular’s’ millionth visitor

The College’s Journalism students’ website is now a leading online news source

Image: Stephen O’Leary and Shane Creevy (centre) with media and journalism alumni and students at last month’s inaugural meeting of the College’s Media Alumni Network

A mix of recent Griffith alumni and this year’s graduating classes met last month for the inaugural meeting of the Griffith Media Alumni Network. The key reason for holding the event was to celebrate The Circular website reaching the incredible milestone of over one million visitors since its conception in early 2013 as a platform for the College’s journalism students to publish their work.

Alumni and current students heard from Shane Creevy, the viral editor at Storyful, and Griffith lecturer and founder of Olytico, Stephen O’Leary, who discussed what were the most read Circular articles over the last two years.

Millionth Circular reader

The College’s Faculty of Journalism and Media Communications believe that The Circular's success in getting over one million visitors has been created by the talent of the College’s students and the drive of lecturer Stephen O’Leary.

“What began as a class project in February 2013, has evolved into a leading online news source. The work of the students – both past and present – has now been viewed over 1.1 million times. ‘The Circular’ website is visited by readers from across the globe, with over 1,500 articles read each day.  Over the next 12 months we expect to double the number of visitors”.

- Stephen O’Leary, Online Journalism lecturer

At last month’s event Stephen outlined the top Circular posts from the last two years – ranging from listicles to sport articles and the top ten hip hop dance moves of the last decade! The top ten articles are:

10 hip hop dance moves of the past decade

2  Top 10 disturbing websites (that will creep you out)

3  Charles and Alli Trippy are getting a divorce

4  Win the Euromillions? Buy Teletubbies’ house?!

5  Animal Prostitution: Oragutan’s trading in Asia

6  What is ideal beauty in China?

‘Human Barbies’ and the ugly side of narcissism

8  The advantages and disadvantages of zoos

9  Dianette: a danger to health

10  The sexualisation of breasts

Insider view

Shane Creevy, the Viral Editor at Storyful gave an insider view on how Storyful operates, highlighting some of Storyful’s favourite videos from the last nine months: Have a look at “Storyful celebrates over two billion YouTube views”.

This Dublin-based company is the world’s first social media news agency that aims to promote, monetise, and protect great content from news to weather to viral videos. Shane leads Storyful’s viral team who discover the latest trending user-generated content in order to promote and monetise it worldwide.

Join the Griffith College Media Alumni Network

The Griffith Media Alumni Network is a way for the College’s media and journalism graduates to catch up with college friends and fellow graduates, and engage in a little professional networking. In the coming year the Faculty of Journalism and Media Communications will host a number of events to celebrate students’ and graduates’ successes. These events will include presentations from media industry insiders, giving our graduates insights into their involvement in the media industry as well as employment and promotion tips.

To join the College’s media alumni network please email Robbie Smyth, Deputy Head of Faculty Journalism and Media Communications.

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