The Onion: Most E-Mailed List destroying New York Times morale

Exactly why is that story about the kitties at the top of the Most E-mailed List?

The Onion parodies the newsroom tension and puzzlement surrounding most e-mailed lists with its very funny spoof on jockeying at the New York Times over being the most e-mailed writer:

According to Times insiders, nearly two dozen staffers, including four Pulitzer Prize winners and Baghdad correspondent John Burns, have requested transfers to the Times’ Home & Garden and Travel desks.


Restaurant critic and Most E-Mailed list darling Frank Bruni dismissed the inter-office grousing, saying, “Some people have it, some people never will.” Bruni’s work topped the Most E-Mailed list eight times in the past year.

If you’ve ever had to sit in a news meeting and try explaining to the paper’s editors why some seemingly random story has been hovering at the top of the list, this Onion piece will be like balm for your soul.

Author: Danny Sanchez

Danny Sanchez is the Audience Development Manager at Tribune's and Danny has been with Tribune since 2005 in a variety of editorial, digital and product development roles in Hartford, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. He has also previously worked in the newsrooms of the Tampa Bay Times and The Miami Herald.