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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Michael Dixon stories sent page views skyrocketing

Sunday, December 2, 2012 | 7:56 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — This week's top stories were Dixon, Dixon and Dixon. The story has become by far the most-viewed story on ColumbiaMissourian.com over the past four months. Page views for one story related to rape accusations against the Missouri basketball player were more than double those of the next highest-ranking story. 

Here are the week's top 10 stories, according to Google Analytics: 

1. Former Missouri basketball player Michael Dixon Jr.'s announcement that he is leaving MU brought more eyeballs to the Missourian than any other story this semester. Dixon was facing disciplinary action from the school after a student accused him of raping her in August. Page views: 27,396

2. On Tuesday, Columbia Police released Dixon's arrest report. The Missourian's accompanying story recapped the case up to that point. Page views: 4,863.  

3. The above story also included a .pdf file of the police report from Dixon's arrest. Page views: 3,323.

4. MU's ability to take disciplinary measures against Dixon are the result of a more aggressive interpretation of Title IX in cases where students are accused of sexual harassment or assault. To put Dixon's case in context, Missourian reporters spoke with university officials and looked up school policies dealing with sexual assault. Page views: 2,660.

5. On Friday, Missourian executive editor Tom Warhover wrote a "Dear Reader" column explaining what was going through Missourian reporters' and editors' minds when covering the news about Dixon. Page views: 1,653

6. A story from Wednesday quoting MU students' tweets about Dixon also made the top-10 list. Some of the comments sparked a continuing controversy about attitudes towards rape. Page views: 1,385

7. A response to those Twitter comments from Missourian readers was also high on the most-read list. Students from MU's Feminist Student Union wrote a guest column relating the Dixon incident to other high-profile rhetoric about rape, such as that by Todd Akin and students who mocked the "campus bear hugger." Page views: 1,316

8. In other, non-Dixon news, a story of Gary Pinkel's news conference about the first year with the Southeastern Conference offered an end-of-season wrap-up for Missouri's first tango with its new conference. Page views: 925

9. An Associated Press wire story related news from Michigan of a Columbia-raised freshman on Northern Michigan University's women's soccer team who drowned during a team workout in the school's swimming pool. Page views: 893

10. During a news conference Tuesday at MU, Gary Pinkel dismissed rumors of his retirement after Missouri's worst season since 2004. He said it went about as he had expected. Page views: 876


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