Since the announcement that Pluto and the rest of student media is rebranding, Pluto decided to take a look back at the top ten online articles that the newspaper has done since the website was created in July 2013.
10. Hide and Seek – Snapchat
Written by the Online Editor Adam Legg (2013) about the social media app Snapchat is not all it seems. The article covers that Forensic researcher, Richard Hickman, found that they may be more permanent than we first suspected. This article gained 1,847 (as of 15/05/2016) hits. You can follow the link to find out more: http://pluto-online.com/hide-and-seek-snapchat/
9. 53 Degrees Set to Close to Public
Written by reporter Kadeesha McKenzie (2014) about 53 Degrees the Students’ Unions old performance space. The article reports on 53 Degrees ceasing to operate as a ‘high street live music and student entertainment venue’ after 31 December 2014. This article gained 1,860 (as of 15/05/2016) hits. You can follow the link to find out more: http://pluto-online.com/53-degrees-set-to-close-to-public/
8. Student by day, stripper by night
Written by reporter Jasleen Kaur (2014) about student sex workers on campus and their lives. The article reports on Rachel, a stripper at Room 32 and her experience of being a student sex worker and the stigma against working in the sex industry. This article gained 1,871 (as of 15/05/2016) hits. You can follow the link to find out more: http://pluto-online.com/student-by-day-stripper-by-night/
7. We went to the UK’s ‘sickest’ scare attraction
Written by Editor-in-Chief Hannah Mason (2014) about the spooky attraction Scare Kingdom between Blackburn and Preston. The article covers Hannah Brookes’ experience of visiting the attraction. This article gained 2,618 (as of 15/05/2016) hits. You can follow the link to find out more: http://pluto-online.com/we-went-to-the-uks-sickest-scare-attraction/
6. Preston Water Contamination Caution
Written by Reporter Emmi Bowles (2015) about the water contamination that hit Preston in August of last year. The article covers water company United Utilities are warning residents of Preston to not drink tap water after contaminated water was found at a treatment plant. This article gained 2,664 (as of 15/05/2016) hits. You can follow the link to find out more: http://pluto-online.com/preston-water-contamination-caution/
5. Rugby Union In Alleged Initiation Scandal
Written by Deputy News Editor Kadeesha Mckenzie (2013) about an alleged scandal into weird Rugby Union initiations onto the UCLan team. The article reports on UCLan’s Rugby Union club under investigation after a social in which club members allegedly ran amok in the car park of PopWorld and French kissed a severed pigs head. This article gained 3,388 (as of 15/05/2016) hits. You can follow the link to find out more: http://pluto-online.com/rugby-union-in-alleged-initiation-scandal-2/
Hoping they haven’t been telling porkers!
4. UCLan Library Evacuated in Peak Exam Season
Written by Deputy Culture Editor Editor Joe Young (2016) about UCLan’s library being evacuated earlier this year. The article reports on the library being evacuated during the height of the January exam season after fire alarms were set of due to a student smoking in a room within the library. This article gained 3,570 (as of 15/05/2016) hits. You can follow the link to find out more: http://pluto-online.com/uclan-library-evacuated-in-peak-exam-season/
And now for our top 3!
3. UCLan SU Decides: Should We Work With YBD Again?
After spending 11 months as Pluto’s most read online article, the YBD referendum was knocked off it’s poll place by the library evacuation article however since that the article has received more views and overtook the library article again. The article was written by reporter Izaac Cole (2015); the article covers the referendum after more than 250 students signed a petition saying they should be allowed to work with club promoters YBD. This article gained 3,898 (as of 15/05/2016) hits. You can follow the link to find out more: http://pluto-online.com/uclan-decides-should-we-work-with-ybd-again/
Note: Students voted ‘yes’ to working again with YBD.
2. URGENT APPEAL: Student Missing in Preston
Written by News Editor Emili Peake, the article was amongst a group of appeals by media outlets to find Caroline ‘Caz’ Guilfoyle after she was reported as missing. Caroline has been found safe and well in Lancaster. This article gained 4,984 (as of 15/05/2016) hits. You can follow the link to find out more: http://pluto-online.com/urgent-appeal-student-missing-in-preston/
1. Student Attacked at Moor Lane Halls
The most viewed online article at the moment on Pluto Online is the Moor Lane attack article. The story covered the attacking of a student inside Moor Lane Halls, the student did not receive life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital after the incident. This article gained 6,785 (as of 15/05/2016) hits. You can follow the link to find out more: http://pluto-online.com/breaking-student-stabbed-at-moor-lane-halls/
Pluto would like to thank all of its online readers over the past 3 years since the first article was released on this Pluto Online website. We are excited for the changes to student media which details will be announced over the coming months, we hope you are excited too.