We love lists. Especially ones that sort of tell us what we already know, except they randomly switch it around just to keep it interesting? Make sure we’re paying attention? It’s not clear. Anyway, with that in mind, we bring you NowPublic’s — the “world’s largest participatory news network” in case you were wondering (maybe comparable to being the world’s largest bookstore?) — list of New York’s top fifty “news influencers.” “Influencers” should not to be confused with “newsmakers” or actual reporters since, as we all know, these are now categories that currently encompass just about anyone who knows how to work a digital recorder or use twitter (yay for us). News “influencers,” however, are apparently people who shape the “media environment,” though they may also use twitter and digital recorders.
So who made the cut, all you newsmakers ask? Well, Fred Wilson and Arianna Huffington hold the top two spots, Lindsay Robertson, Lockhart Steele, and Nick Denton own slots 31,32,33 (in that order), and mediabistro.com’s intrepid leader Laurel Touby, slides in at 48, just ahead of Emily Gould and Brian Stelter. Julia Allison — apparently a “maker” and not an “influencer” — did not merit a mention. The full list is here. We’re not sure why but it sort of feels like reading a tour guide to New York by someone who’s never actually been here.