What news stories do Floridians really care about? And which Florida news outlets are leading the online discussion?
To answer these questions, our digital media gurus analyzed the most viral Florida news of this week — curated by reactions, comments, and shares — to find out “What’s Trending in Florida News?”
This week’s news stories have been all about driving inspiration, hope, and change — from protests along Florida’s beaches in response to the algae crisis, to Taylor Swift fans showing their support for sexual abuse survivors during her concert in Tampa, to a group of South Florida school employees donating their sick days to a fellow teacher.
While the Facebook leaderboard remained about the same as last week, Tampa Bay Times reclaimed the #1 spot on Twitter, with nearly 4,000 more social interactions than the #2 spot.
TOP 10 NEWS OUTLETS BY SOCIAL INTERACTIONS ON FACEBOOK
TOP 10 NEWS OUTLETS BY SOCIAL INTERACTIONS ON TWITTER
TRENDING ON FACEBOOK
Thousands of Floridians line up along Siesta Key Beach to call for action amid the algae crisis.
A missing Marion County girl is found safe.
A Florida bus driver is fired after punching a passenger who spit on him and used racial slurs.
‘I did it on purpose.’ A man is arrested after causing a disturbance at Orlando International Airport.
A Florida man is caught on camera stealing a pit bull puppy from a Davie home.
TRENDING ON TWITTER
Taylor Swift fans hold up dollar bills during her performance in Tampa to support survivors of sexual abuse on the anniversary of the singer’s lawsuit victory.
⚡️ Taylor Swift fans in Tampa hold up dollar bills to support survivors of sexual abuse on the anniversary of the singer’s lawsuit victory #repTourTampa https://t.co/EPFfopAtVa @taylorswift13
— Tampa Bay Times (@TB_Times) August 15, 2018
Orlando police officer, Kevin Valencia was shot in the head two months ago and remains in a coma. Since he couldn’t join his son on the first day of kindergarten, his fellow officers escorted the little boy to school.
.@OrlandoPolice Officer Kevin Valencia was shot in the head two months ago and remains in a coma. His son Kaleb started Kindergarten today, and since his daddy couldn’t be there, officers escorted the little boy to his first day of school ❤ https://t.co/0r0nuVkxJ1 pic.twitter.com/rJOfWUI1vq
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) August 10, 2018
Employees at a South Florida school donate their sick days to a fellow teacher with cancer.
The Palm Beach County teacher ran out of sick days, and needed at least 20 more for chemotherapy. Other teachers, administrators and even lunchroom workers transferred enough of their sick days to him to cover an entire semester ❤ https://t.co/Ky38600WKL pic.twitter.com/9BYvFNNX4P
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) August 16, 2018
The shooter of the controversial Clearwater Stand Your Ground case faces charges.
#BREAKING: State Attorney charges Michael Drejka with manslaughter in Clearwater #StandYourGround shooting https://t.co/TANeez9UEF pic.twitter.com/emVGReUMDN
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) August 13, 2018
Data was collected from CrowdTangle on Friday, August 17, 2018. It covers the period between Saturday, August 11, 2018 and August 17, 2018.