Baptist and Reflector
During the past year the website had 147,536 visitor sessions with 84,450 visitors and 270,605 page views.
“One of the significant things to note about the stories listed is that many of them were breaking news stories where we were able to utilize the paper’s online version to quickly get news out to Tennessee Baptists,” said Chris Turner, director of communications for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.
“This proved especially important in the case of the Gatlinburg fires where we were reporting news from Gatlinburg in real time.”
Turner recalled that a couple of years ago “Tennessee Baptists overwhelmingly told us in a survey they wanted to read news about Tennessee Baptists and Tennessee Baptist churches. They also indicated they wanted to read news online so we created the Baptist and Reflector website.
“We’ve managed to accommodate both of those desires. We want to provide Tennessee Baptists with relevant and timely news that informs their Christian worldview and supports their local church,” he said.
The top 20 viewed stories on the website in 2016 were:
(1) COLLINS NAMED DIRECTOR OF EVANGELISM FOR TENNESSEE BAPTIST MISSION BOARD: 3,522
(2) TRYING TO EMPTY MOSQUES, NOT BUILD THEM: 2,798
(3) THE IMB: HOW DID WE GET HERE?: 2,620
(4) A SLIPPERY SLOPE GETS SLIPPERIER: 2,478
(5) GATLINBURG FIRES CREATE CHALLENGES: 2,142
(6) GATLINBURG FIRE SUSPECTS ELICIT SYMPATHY: 2,025
(7) SBC NOT BUILDING MOSQUES, LEADERS REPORT: 2,000
(8) FIRES DESTROY GATLINBURG CHURCH, PARTS OF TWO OTHERS: 1,998
(9) 2016 ELECTION: IS NOT VOTING AN OPTION?: 1,881
(10) CARSON-NEWMAN, UNION ON PRO-GAY ‘SHAME LIST’: 1,561
(11) FORMER TBCH PRESIDENT GERALD STOW DIES: 1,503
(12) IMB ANNOUNCES MISSIONARY VOLUNTARY RETIREMENT TOTALS: 1,488
(13) SO WHY CHANGE THE NAME?: 1,454
(14) WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE GATLINBURG FIRES: 1,209
(15) PASTOR LOSES 165 POUNDS IN 2015: 1,127
(16) IMB: MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS: 1,106
(17) GAINES TO BE NOMINATED SBC PRESIDENT: 1,082
(18) TRANSGENDER MOVEMENT TARGETS CHILDREN: 1,036
(19) PAT SUMMITT, NCAA’S WINNINGEST COACH, DIES: 1,027
(20) TBC EXECUTIVE BOARD PROPOSES NAME CHANGE FOR ITSELF: 960