5 Years of Loop: Our most read stories
Our readers hold a very special place in our hearts. They now number close to a million on the Jamaica site each month and have fueled many of our viral stories over the years.
Here are the stories, over the last half-decade, that have generated the most traffic.
1. Secret island between Jamaica and Haiti: Navassa Island, why you probably never heard of it
This Loop Jamaica expose on an uninhabited Island that lies between Haiti, Jamaica and Cuba, captured the attention of people across the globe, and was a major talking point for weeks among historians, environmentalists, conspiracy theorists et al.
2. ‘Don’t come home,’ returnees association head urges Jamaicans overseas
That statement by a frustrated president of the Jamaica Association for the Resettlement of Returning Residents was made in an exclusive interview with Loop News following a string of violent crimes against returnees. It sent shockwaves across the nation and, particularly, in the Diaspora; and drew a response from the Minister of National Security.
3. Tsunami warning issued for Jamaica
Quick on the ball late at night, Loop broke news about a tsunami warning being issued for the island before any official local advisory. It led to a massive traffic spike on the site, with tens of thousands of readers across Jamaica and in the Diaspora keeping in the Loop for updates.
4. Hometown hero Raheem Sterling shows love to tough Kingston community
Our first international hit story. Fresh on the heels of making a name for himself with an impressive debut appearance in the World Cup, Jamaican-born England international footballer Raheem Sterling visited his hometown in Kingston without the glare of the media. Loop News was informed of the visit through sources in the community (Maverley) and got exclusive video footage of the star playing football with kids in the neighborhood as well as an exclusive interview with him in which he discussed his World Cup experience and plans to give back to the community. The story was especially popular among Liverpool fans across the world and was picked up by major publications in Europe.
5. PHOTOS: Final whistle blows for STGC player Dominic James
Award-winning-worthy pics of schoolboy footballer Dominic James’ memorial service, captured by Loop Jamaica’s photographer, went viral online and brought many people to tears. The promising St George’s College footballer died weeks earlier after collapsing with heart failure during a game. The story of James – an intelligent, promising youngster gone too soon – captured the hearts of Jamaicans all over.