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Immersion in (virtual) reality

As someone who puts “dissecting future-of-news discourses” high in her research interests, coming up with my own prediction for 2015 is an awkward exercise. I leave the real attempt at futurology to the crew of talented media gurus that write in these columns, but there’s still something that I would like to see more in...

A return to subscriptions

2015 will see a tipping point in favor of subscription-based journalism online. The Gamergate debacle demonstrated conclusively that the public’s access to information is vulnerable to those least equipped to guard that door — publicists and brand managers. Whoever imagines that Gawker — which recently lost substantial ad revenues in the wake of a literally...

News organizations get serious about research

I have a confession to make: What you are about to read is as much a plea as it is a prediction. But in the spirit of the holiday season, I trust you will not shy away from reading an analysis written from a place of hope. Historically, news organizations have invested a very small...

More gonzo, less paywall

Newspapers are not done experimenting with paywalls. This is unfortunate, because valuable energy is wasted on figuring out how to charge for content rather than producing content readers will want to pay for. Newer generations of readers are not accustomed to paying for the news — a trend introduced not by social media or the...

The year we get creeped out by algorithms

It turns out computers have a built-in “uncanny valley” (that creepy feeling android robots generate when they kind of look human). Just like we don’t want robots too human-shaped — we want them to know their place — it turns out we aren’t too happy when our computers go from “smart” (as in automating things...

Metrics, smaller screens, and race

Metrics: New key metrics will rise to the forefront. The lauded pageview is being eclipsed by measurements of engagement and influence. New tools will emerge that will gauge social interaction with content and content creators. Smaller screens: The debut of the Apple Watch this year will compel us to think more about how to produce...

The season of seasons

When you think about it, it’s kind of strange that digital stories — both web series and things like podcasts — have “seasons.” The beginnings and endings of these seasons are often completely arbitrary; I watched one series whose first season ran from November to May, and whose second ran from August to November. With...

The year you get hacked

This prediction is reaching you too late — your news organization is already in danger. This is the year you’ll get hacked, or phished, or you’ll give away more information about a source than you intended. This is the year you have to start caring about digital security. We’ve been too slow to understand security...

Finding the right form

Over the past few years, I’ve watched visual storytelling explode across journalism. From The New York Times to The Atlantic to BuzzFeed, I’ve seen traditionally text-based colleagues and outlets embrace new visual forms, whether they’re building beautiful interactive data visualizations or launching ambitious new video units. Show More Summary

Native helps pay for the news

2015 will be the first year where native advertising programs will be in place at nearly every serious news organization. Native advertising isn’t new, but the near-wholesale adoption of native at organizations with serious journalism credentials certainly is, and that’s a pretty big deal. 2014 saw the launch of native programs at places like The...

Management is both the problem and the solution

I confess I read every single article I came across about the drama at The New Republic — every insider account, every critique of the magazine’s history, every defense, every extrapolation to all that’s wrong with digital or legacy media, every complaint about all the complaining, and every last piece of gossip. And not just because I work...

Beyond journalism in the present tense

A Hollywood director couldn’t have scripted a more compelling (and stereotypical) clash between two sets of journalistic beliefs than this month’s battle between the staff of The New Republic and its owner Chris Hughes. On the one side, a deep commitment to humanistic inquiry embodied in the liberal arts. On the other, the data-oriented, metric-...

The year we finally hear how we sound

“Content” fills spaces. “Content” takes the shape of its container. “Content” groups things that have little to do with one another; “content” conflates things that are fundamentally opposed to each other. “Content” is the kind of word you use to tell convenient lies. “Content” sounds most at home next to “marketing,” which is another way...

Managing assets across platforms

The media business is at a crossroads. Print is threatened while growth is focused on digital, but operationally we’re still not as integrated as we’d like — and that’s getting in the way of revenue growth for our publications. To future-proof the legacy media business, we need to reinvent how we create and sell our...

The rise of digital India

It will have the world’s highest smartphone user growth rate and will overtake the U.S. in the number of total smartphone users. Newspaper circulation will continue to grow, at the same time that digital news operations will see exponential increases in user numbers. It will have the highest number of English-speaking graduates in the world,...

The readers we can’t friend

When a story does well on Facebook or Twitter, it’s become natural in a newsroom to fist-pump: Yeah! Thousands of shares, hundreds of comments! It feels like a victory to us, because journalists are the most social-media savvy profession out there (other than whatever you call the cottage industry that works for Kim Kardashian). We...

This is the new that

The lock screen is the new homepage. The homepage is the new barstool for your regulars. Regulars are the new audience developers. Audience Developer is the new Senior Editor. Senior Editor is the new vanity title. Vanity titles are the new email newsletter. Email newsletters are the new tweetstorms. Tweetstorms are the new inverted pyramid....

Security and subtlety

The web is no longer a place for news organizations to dump text and expect their audience to care. News websites should be designed clearly and give folks what they want as quickly as possible; stories should be well written and reported, as well as use creative ways to explore the covered topic whenever possible....

How Philly’s Billy Penn is building a local news audience from scratch

HILADELPHIA — Armed with a Kindle Fire tablet, Anna Orso stood just inside the front door of an Irish pub last Monday night welcoming guests to a happy hour in Center City, Philadelphia. She asked the same question to each new person who arrived: Have you signed up for the Billy Penn email newsletter? Nearly 30...

Consumer-aware, context-aware

Every December, my company produces a report highlighting the tech trends that we think will make the biggest impact in the year to come. The report is built using a tool I developed called the FuturePrint, and calculates the near-future research we do along with patent filings, academic papers, shifts in consumer behavior, changes in...

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