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Top-15 Most Popular Online Catholic News Organizations

 

Update @ 9:47 am U.S. Central Time on 5 September 2017:

This snapshot is taken on one day. This day represents the number of visits for a month.  So the previous 30 days on 17 August 2017 is the time period that SimilarWeb is collecting the data.

With the increasing frequency of bearing false witness in the form of news, otherwise known as ‘fake news’, we can rely on Catholic online sources to separate the weeds from the wheat.

In my job of searching for the best sources of news as the editor of Big Pulpit, I have gained somewhat of a comprehensive catalog of where to find faithful news and not so faithful news.

There are various measures of metrics that I use, but for this post, I will utilize the total visits in one day or what is called a snapshot in a moment of time.  In layman’s terms, on August 17, 2017, I looked at the most visited online Catholic news organizations for that date.

The definition of a ‘news organization’ is as follows: Any online Catholic news organization that creates a lot of posts covering a wide array of topics.

Yes, it’s my definition and yours may differ from mine, but the purpose of this post is to see where everyone stands, and it’s supposed to be fun and interesting.

The source of my analytics that I am using is called SimilarWeb.  This is my source and method of ranking websites.  The rankings are my own and I use them for entertainment purposes and for no other reason than for fun.  Some of these online Catholic news organizations I do not visit at all, others I visit frequently.

I’ve included all websites that fall within my wide definition of an online Catholic news organization.  What I have not included are what are called in the business ‘intelligent news aggregators’, such as Big Pulpit & New Advent, for example.  These types of news organizations do not create content, according to my definition, but aggregate and distribute content.

Without further delay, here are the Top-15 Most Popular Online Catholic News Organizations on the day of 17 August 2017 (the total amount of visitors for the previous 30 days tallied on 17 August 2017 is listed in brackets next to their name):

  1. Aleteia (5,190,000)
  2. Catholic News Agency (1,400,000)
  3. National Catholic Register (1,110,000)
  4. Crux (619,860)
  5. Catholic Herald (562,520)
  6. Catholic Culture, including Catholic World News (560,900)
  7. Church Militant, news only (526,240)
  8. National Catholic Reporter (468,310)
  9. OSV Newsweekly (275,400)
  10. The Tablet (191,580)
  11. U.S. Catholic (164,930)
  12. Catholic News Service (114,310)
  13. CommonWeal (107,350)
  14. The Remnant (100,180)
  15. The Wanderer (<12,000)

The Wanderer registers less than 12,000 visitors for that day, that is the cutoff that SimilarWeb uses to keep track of websites.  That is why it appears as ‘less than 12,000’.

Disclosure: I am the editor of Big Pulpit and also a contributor for the National Catholic Register, all views and posts are my own.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this post are solely for fun and entertainment.  The information provided has been compiled using SimilarWeb.

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Knights of Columbus and Crux

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Lefty Catholic news and opinion site Crux was recently dumped by the Boston Globe because it wasn’t making them any money.  Now, riding to the rescue of Crux, is The Knights of Columbus?

 

The Knights of Columbus and Crux are pleased to announce that they plan to enter into a partnership in which Crux will remain an independent news outlet headed by John Allen and Inés San Martín.

The project is designed to make one of the world’s best-known Catholic news platforms even stronger. The partnership will combine the Knights’ resources and spirit of service with the journalistic experience and commitment of Crux.

As part of the project, Catholic Pulse, a news and commentary website operated by the Knights of Columbus, will merge with Crux, adding its resources to Crux’s blend of staff-generated reporting and analysis with pieces by respected guest contributors. The Crux website will feature the tagline: “Keeping its finger on the Catholic Pulse.”

Reporting and analysis by John Allen and Inés San Martín will continue to focus primarily on the Vatican, the Church and Catholic issues generally, and international religious freedom. The aim is to ensure that informed, responsible, and fair journalism helps to set the tone for discussion of Catholic affairs in the United States and around the world. Over time, plans call for additional contributors to be identified to add their commentary to the lineup.

The Knights will respect the editorial freedom of Crux, trusting it to present news and commentary in a way that serves the good of the Church.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to join together in this important venture and look forward to this partnership with Crux, and with its principals, John Allen and Inés San Martín, as they continue to build on their record of thoughtful and intelligent journalism and commentary,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “Crux is an important voice and key source of news for Catholics and about Catholic issues, and we are very pleased to be able to keep this important voice speaking to the Church and to the world.” Continue Reading