Looking back on these top story predictions for 2011, there were some hits and misses. The year held some surprises, with Jack Layton topping cbc.ca’s list of most-viewed stories. The Huff Post is gathering tweets to determine the top Canadian news story. As we head into 2012, there’s no shortage of top story lists, covering categories like science, health and even travel news. There’s a top business story, not to be confused with the top green business stories. Top photos are always one of the most appealing categories, and the one list you don’t want to be on is top journalism error of the year. There’s a word for all this: list journalism. Apparently it sells.

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Big Issue's New Year's challenge: what's your prediction for top news story in 2012? And the impending apocolypse doesn't count. Tweet your answer, or click on the headline above to get to the comments field. 

Patricia W. Elliott is a magazine journalist and assistant professor at the School of Journalism, University of Regina. You can visit her at patriciaelliott.ca.