Gothamist Demonstrates Why A Listicle Is Beneficial

With journalism and blogging constantly changing, a listicle has become a fun tactic that can be used to draw the reader in with visuals. It’s a form of photojournalism that breaks the traditional blogging form of words and uses pictures tell a continuous story.

As a whole, listicle’s are a quicker way to inform readers about a specific topic. Rather than try to explain or describe a place paragraph after paragraph, a listicle provides photos to set the scene for readers to see what the author is trying to depict.

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 3.53.10 PMGothamist uses this technique many times to attract viewers when they are reporting news, feature or entertainment stories.
The site is best known for providing listicle’s when writing about New York City life.

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 2.04.58 PMThe 10 Best Tourist Spots Every New Yorker Should Visit,” provides pictures of landscapes and unique places for New York natives to visit as well as some context about the desired place. This gives the readers more detail as to where and why exactly they should go to this location.

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 2.44.43 PMA listicle is an advantage for articles like this since it gives readers a chance to see what the author is saying. Not everyone loves to read and staring at a wall of words can be unappealing. A visual photoset will attract the reader to continuously read the article and perhaps make the reader want to see these locations for themselves.

The author also provides directions for the desired locations and uses hyperlinking within the captions to let the reader find more information about each place.

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 2.03.01 PMSince the article is directed at New York natives, I felt that the author could’ve substituted out places like The Empire State Building and the Staten Island Ferry with something more detailed and unique. If you live in the Big Apple, chances are you already know about these popular locations.

Screen Shot 2015-02-22 at 2.18.16 PMThis article has over 90 comments, 1,000 likes on Facebook and over 100 tweets on Twitter. Without social media, listicle’s would be hard to spread and attract viewers as it is only a technique that relies heavily on online journalism and blogging and would most likely not be something shown on broadcast news or in traditional newspapers.

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