The Berkeleyside team, from left: Tracey Taylor, Frances Dinkelspiel, Wendy Cohen, Emilie Raguso and Lance Knobel.
The Berkeleyside team, from left: Tracey Taylor, Frances Dinkelspiel, Wendy Cohen, Emilie Raguso and Lance Knobel.

With New Year’s Eve nearly upon us, the Berkeleyside team wanted to wish all of our readers a safe and happy new year.

And what a year it’s been. We hit the 1 million pageviews milestone following recent protests in Berkeley, and won an Excellence in Journalism award from the local chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists for the second year running.

We held our second annual Uncharted ideas festival, and launched a new discussion series called The B-Side, where speakers debated the implications of Berkeley’s downtown initiative and whether the city has lost its cool.

As we noted yesterday in our final 2014 request for reader support, we published more than 1,900 original stories this year. Throughout the year, our website had more than 1.8 million unique visitors and nearly 7.5 million pageviews. Compare that to the prior year, where we saw about 1.3 million uniques and nearly 5.5 million pageviews, and you can understand how excited we our about our work, our growth and our service to the community.

Today, we rounded up the stories that to us most shaped the community in 2014, as well as those that garnered the most attention. From protests about race and fairness in policing to all the news and information you needed to be an informed voter in the 2014 election, we pulled out all the stops to bring you timely, relevant coverage that you won’t find anywhere else.

Curious about our predictions for Berkeley in 2015? Come back Jan. 1 to find our annual New Year’s resolutions post.

We truly appreciate the support of the community and our readers, as well as all the writers, photographers and tipsters who have helped Berkeleyside throughout the year. We look forward to another great year in 2015. Wishing the best to all of you.

By the numbers: Top Berkeley stories of 2014 (12.31.14)
The most important Berkeley stories of 2014 (12.31.14)
Chip in to Berkeleyside for even better coverage in 2015 (12.31.14)
Big Screen Berkeley: Favorite films of 2014 (12.30.14)
Best Books of 2014: Chosen by local authors, Berkeleyside (12.16.14)

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