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The NY Times’ Most Visited Post of 2013 Was Created by an Intern

The NY Times Most Visited Post of 2013 Was Created by an Intern Mediaite


When the New York Times released its list of most-visited articles for 2013 a few days ago, theAtlantic spotted that the article leading the pack was actually a dialect quiz, one you will know as “that thing every single person on your Facebook wall posted with comments like ‘I Got Cleveland!’” The quiz was so popular that it eclipsed the traffic of every other article on the Times’ website for 2013 despite going live on December 21—in other words, it took only ten days to beat the rest of the year.

It turns out the writer responsible for the app was an intern. While a graduate student in statistics at North Carolina State University, Josh Katz posted some heat maps he’d made based off a 10-year-old Harvard dialect survey. The maps caught the eye of the Gray Lady, who invited him for a fall internship, during which Katz crafted, along with the paper’s graphics department, the dialect quiz god and everybody took last month.

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Wow, very good for an intern, this quiz has been all over the place.

Including PandaWhale where it was quite popular:

I hope they gave that intern a job!

I wonder if the New York Times will add more quizzes.

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