Why STAT?

STAT News is my primary source of information for my blog. It is the first site I check for the latest updates from research labs, hospitals, and biotech boardrooms (it also happens to have news from political campaigns – I just haven’t looked too much into that side of things).

I rely on STAT as my initial source, from which I find other links and branch out deeper into the topic. It provides exactly what it is called – STAT News – important and urgent news that is succinctly and cleverly delivered. “Take this medication immediately was its message,” wrote Bob Tedeschi, a senior writer at STAT. “It may well be just what the doctor ordered.”

The reason I find STAT to be a credible source is because it is produced by Boston Globe Media. They are headquartered in Boston but have bureaus in Washington, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The executive editor of STAT, Rick Berke, was brought on by John Henry, who is the owner of both Boston Globe Media and the Boston Red Sox. According to the site’s about page, STAT and The Boston Globe are two distinct properties that share content and complement one another. STAT is also a free site. They do not have a paywall as of yet.

The STAT team includes writers, editors, and producers who are capable of the sort of explanatory writing that breaks down complicated scientific topics into easily understandable, but well developed stories. They have hired science, health and biotech journalists, as well as motion graphic artists and data visualization specialists. The site is visually appealing for everyone, while remaining easy to navigate. Their inclusion of photographs and videos has been incredibly informative and they lighten the word-heavy load that we are used to seeing on news sites.

The reason I enjoy reading STAT has two parts. First off, their description of “who’s your audience?” is 100% accurate. Their writing is for anyone. I am sure health professionals and lab scientists frequent the site but even if you don’t understand the first thing about science, you can understand what they have to say, and they make it interesting. They have something for everyone. You can choose to read the fun, quirky pieces like Vinome or learn about new drugs fighting cancer. The second aspect is that they seem to always have the news first. Not surprisingly, they publish new content everyday. But what always strikes me is that if I find an interesting bit of news on STAT and then go to find more on it somewhere else, those other sources got to it later. STAT published it first.

Similar Web Statistics:

  • 1M views in the last 6 months
  • Average duration per visit was 00:01:08
  • Bounce rate is 83.12%
  • Gets the most traffic from the United States
  • Its traffic sources range from Social Media (25.57%) and Referrals (24.08%) to Search (21.36%) and Direct Search (20.12%), even mail (8.87%)
    • Referrals are generally from The Boston Globe and top destination is Facebook

Other facts about STAT

  • They display small advertisements and sponsored content
  • They do allow comments under their articles (although I have never seen many)
  • You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @statnews, as well as follow the individual writers on Twitter
  • You can sign up for newsletters
  • You can find their podcast “Signal” on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcast platforms
  • Their site is created for mobile access
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About ishasinghal

My name is Isha Singhal and I am from Andover, Massachusetts. I am a senior at Northeastern University in Boston, MA and I am majoring in Journalism and minoring in Art. This blog contains my assignments for my Journalism class, but it might also occasionally display pieces that I write on my own time. Those extra features will most likely expose you to my inner foodie and world traveler.
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