Articles that caught our readers’ attention in 2019

It was another big year for the team at the Murray Pioneer, with no shortage of important news to bring to our readers.
As always we endeavoured to communicate our print articles to our online audience and were able to observe what made the biggest splash among our Facebook followers throughout the year.
Our reporters were kept busy in 2019 with plenty of visits from high-profile politicians, a bomb scare and local council issues, while all the usual news like emergency services, sport, rural and health issues provided plenty to keep our readers turning the pages.
Murray Pioneer online editor Joe Schwab said this year’s popular articles were quite different to other years.
“While we may not have seen any stories quite reach the same audience as the fishing licence or mystery lotto winner in 2018, we had a wide range of stories that caught the attention of the public,” he said.
“Politics, from local through to federal, Yamba’s quarantine station and police matters were just some of the subjects that got people talking in 2019 and proved to be our most wide-reaching stories on Facebook.
“It was great to see what our readers are clicking on and the whole Pioneer team will endeavour to write more of what people want to read in 2020.”

  1. Police descend on Riverland as local chief pleads for… NO RISKY BUSINESS
    The Murray Pioneer story with the largest reach on Facebook in 2019 was about the additional police patrols expected in the region in the lead-up to the June long weekend.
    The article was published on Friday, June 7.
    It reached 7249 people, was liked by 65 people, commented on 14 times and shared 28 times.
  2. Pauline paying a visit
    Taking out the silver medal was a story about the impending visit of polarising politician Pauline Hanson to the Riverland.
    The story was published on Tuesday, April 9.
    The story post on Facebook reached 7035 people, was liked by 114 people, commented on 46 times and share 31 times.
  3. $30k in long-weekend fines
    Fruit fly has been a major topic in 2019, so no surprises the third most popular story on Facebook came after $30k in fines were handed out to people attempting to bring fruit and vegetables into the Riverland during the October long weekend.
    The story was published on Wednesday, October 23.
    It reached 7039 people on Facebook, was liked 56 times, had 13 comments and was shared 28 times.
  4. Winery staff evacuated after anonymous threat
    Tuesday, March 26, 6368 reached, 56 likes, 25 comments, 53 shares.
  5. Signed, sealed, delivered: Roundabout petition receives 1100 signatures
    Tuesday, April 2, 6212 reached, 81 likes, eight comments, seven shares.
  6. Sustainable students say ‘straws suck’
    Wednesday, August 21, 5614 reached, 124 likes, three comments, six shares.
  7. Renmark’s river front set for revival
    Friday, March 8, 4775 reached, 146 likes, 37 comments, 14 shares.
  8. 2% rate rise for Berri Barmera
    Tuesday, May 21, 4597 reached, nine likes, 34 comments and six shares.
  9. Tim’s fruit fly ‘zero tolerance’
    Friday, January 4, 4588 reached, 37 likes, six comments and 15 shares.
  10. Ruston’s revamp
    Wednesday, August 14, 4451 reached, eight comments and 13 shares.
Morgan Burley


Morgan Burley completed a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts (Writing and Creative Communication) at the University of South Australia in 2018. After growing up in regional Queensland and moving to Adelaide to pursue university, she has relocated to the Riverland to begin a career at The Murray Pioneer. She hopes to explore the region, connect with locals, and share the stories that matter for the community.