This year’s cover is visual representation of the top Central Iowa business stories and people of 2012. It’s made up of about 150 actual names, businesses, trends and topics that fill the pages of our 2012 Year in Review Issue. To make the image, we took the text from each of the stories, stripped out all the common words, and ran it through a word cloud generating program at www.wordle.net.
2012 is in the books, and as of press-time at 5:14 p.m. on Dec. 21, a quick look out the window gives me the proof I need to say with the confidence of written word, that our world will narrowly avoid the apocalypse.
And no, that wasn’t a “fiscal cliff” joke.
I was pretty confident in the continuation of life as we know it, but the rest of the newsroom seemed a bit more skeptical - for some reason they kept trying to talk me out of publishing this issue.
Alas, I insisted, and had each reporter comb through and compile the top stories from each of their beats from the past year.
If you’re reading this, either there wasn’t an apocalypse, or the Mayans’
calendar math was a bit off and it’s an apocalypse of the slow-moving variety.
And no, that wasn’t a Congress joke.
So if the apocalypse is upon us, well, I apologize for jinxing the world - look for a correction in next week’s issue.
Don’t think next week’s issue will make it to your home or business with all the brimstone and fire raining down? Check the web at www.businessrecord.com.
It’s the future of journalism after all.
So, sit back and enjoy our look back at the top business stories of potentially the last year ever.
- Chris Conetzkey,
Editor of the Business Record
BusinessRecord.com Top-5 Most Read Stories of 2012:
1. Letter from the Editor: Business Record’s Jim Pollock passes away
2. The DeWaay ‘empire’ slips away
3. David & Becky Stark: More than survivors
4. Rooms to rent: Downtown apartment construction on rise
5. Southwest announces service in Des Moines