For the last couple years, I’ve been keeping track of the font size of the headlines on cnn.com
Why, you ask? Why not?
If you haven’t noticed, cnn.com adjusts the font size of their headline based on how newsworthy the article is.
So naturally I setup a bot that checks the font size of the cnn.com headline every hour. I also did this last year, if you haven’t seen it. Since it’s near the end of the year, I thought it would be a good time to look at the results and see what they tell us, if anything
Without further ado, here is the chart of CNN font sizes for 2022:
Hover over the bars above to see the largest headline for each day of 2022. You can click the blue bars to go to the news story related to the headline.
This chart shows the probability of a certain headline font size. So you can see there’s about a 50% chance the font size will be between 36-40px and a 50% chance it will be a larger headline. In other words, there was a 50/50 chance of a big news story on any given day in 2022. This is actually more moderate than last year, where there was a 64% of a big news story on any given day.
Here’s a few highlights
One Year Later (Jan 6th - 107px)
This headline marked the 1 year anniversary of the US capital insurrection
JUSTICE JACKSON (Jun 30th - 102px)
Jackson Confirmed (April 7th - 95px)
GOP WINS THE HOUSE (Nov 16th - 95px)
Democrats defy history (Nov 9th - 93px)
Justice Breyer to retire (Jan 6th - 86px)
Russia Steps up onslaught (Mar 3rd - 86px)
The King’s first message (Sept 9th - 86px)
‘We failed these children’ (May 29th - 78px)
QUEEN ELIZABETH DEAD AT 96 (Sept 8th - 72px)
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