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Navigating power in Trump’s America

In the prophetic words of Kanye West, “No one man should have all that power.” Welcome to fear and loathing in Trump’s America. Fear and loathing not only by the American citizenry, but also by the media whose job it is to cover him. Meanwhile, trust of journalists and the media industry at large is...

Building reader relationships

In 2015, I predicted that this would be the year news organizations needed to get their ethical houses in order to build trust with audiences. “It doesn’t matter how much content they post on Snapchat, Instagram, or Twitter — if users don’t trust journalists, they won’t buy what news outlets are selling.” It remains true...

A dangerous anti-press mix

In 2017, the press will have to confront a president and a public that are dangerously hostile to it. President Obama has not been a friend to national security journalists. His administration has used grand jury subpoenas to force reporters to reveal their confidential sources. And it’s used the Espionage Act, a vague 1917 law...

The safe space of service journalism

The Battle on Fake News is upon us. We all know about filter bubbles, and we’re now talking about whether this thing is basically unwinnable. Then again, subscriptions and donations to news organizations are way up in the wake of the election. But this debate won’t be settled in 2017. I come to speak of...

History will exclude you

If you follow me on social media, or have read my past predictions, you know that I fully believe we’re heading toward the next disruption: immersive journalism. I am proud to say last year’s prediction — which included news organizations partnering up with academic institutions to produce immersive journalism — came true with a collaboration...

Nonprofits team up for impact

There’s no question that nonprofit news outlets are producing some of our most important journalism right now. The big question is: Who’s reading it? With a few exceptions (John Oliver’s ProPublica shoutout notwithstanding), nonprofit journalism struggles to reach large audiences, build subscribers, and secure longterm funding support. Show More Summary

What can we own?

2016 offered painful reminders of all the things that media doesn’t control. Advertising Ad blocking induced panic in 2016. Also in 2016, Facebook began offering ad targeting to non-Facebook users and Google quietly started linking data profiles to users’ real identities by default. Even if your news site could grow traffic 10× and wipe out...

The aberration of 20th-century journalism

One of the only glimmers of hope in an otherwise dismal year has been the surge of new subscriptions and donations to media organizations, both big for-profits (The New York Times, The Washington Post) and smaller nonprofits (Mother Jones, ProPublica). It may have been the prospect of four or more years under Trump that has...

Pure reach has reached its limit

2017 will be the year when the search for absolute growth will end. And the search for intelligent growth will become smarter and more nuanced. All news media want bigger audiences, greater impact, more readers. Impact is built into the very identity of journalism, into its purpose and function, and growth is built into the...

A rise in high-price, high-value subscriptions

There are stories that just don’t lend themselves to virality. And they shouldn’t. Some news organizations publish stories that don’t benefit primarily from widespread buzz, shareability, clickworthiness, whatever you want to call it. There is some journalism, primarily niche journalism — whether that niche is energy, or the auto industry, or, in my case, cannabis...

Incorporating audience feedback at scale

The internet has been around long enough for audiences to expect a personal connection with the media they interact with. Many columnists and news personalities have quickly adapted to these new expectations. But news organizations have struggled to adequately capture and incorporate audience feedback at scale. Show More Summary

Local news gets interesting

Journalism, we’ve got a problem. We have a huge blind spot in coverage of much of the United States, something that became glaringly obvious with the surprise many felt in Donald Trump’s presidential election win. There are millions of people who are profoundly shaken by our increasingly globalized world. They aren’t seeing the benefits of...

Podcasting’s coming class war

That new Jim VandeHei joint, Axios, won’t be the only new media venture premised on the notion that “people who care about real news are now a niche” we’ll see in the coming year. Several companies, some new and some already in existence, will probably push deeper into structurally differentiating between intelligence, information, news, and...

Virtual reality on mobile leaps forward

Storytelling is where it’s at in 2017. Of course, for those of us who are veterans in journalism, it’s always been about storytelling, from our first byline. However, what we’ll see much more, across a variety of genres, in 2017 is the growth of new ways of telling stories, ways that go beyond a headline,...

The year of the newsy podcast

Yes, you’ve heard this prediction before. And you’re right, podcasting is not new; it’s been around for well over a decade. But, in 2016, with a slew of political podcasts because of the presidential election, news organizations realized the potential for podcasting as a primary news source. They realized there’s an appetite for audio news...

Unlocking a deeper mobile experience

Does it add value? Will it enrich a subscriber’s experience? These are the questions we always come back to when discussing new features for apps. Up until recently, that experience was mainly contained within that icon on your mobile device. With the exception of the occasional push notification (a virtual “hey I’m still here”) you...

The Faustian Facebook dance continues

The rapidly evolving media world continues to undergo an unprecedented amount of upheaval, with mega-continents slamming into each other, vast chasms suddenly appearing under our feet, and glaciers melting at hyperspeed. But one thing remains largely unchanged, and that is the 800-pound gorilla whose shadow continues to loom over the landscape — a gorilla named...

Journalism is community

2017 will be the year newsrooms find out who their audiences (actually) are. The Internet is a complicated business tool. It can reduce millions of people to a singular identity, or amplify a single person’s unique voice to millions of people. An advertiser on Facebook can identify with great accuracy older males living in North...

“Selfie journalism” becomes a thing

The wide adoption of social media has made it easy to report on breaking news events without ever leaving the comfort of your desk. There are witnesses to be contacted through Instagram, from-the-scene photos to be embedded, and relevant tweets to be collected. This content, once curated, can be packaged into a neat little story...

Time to pay up

1. We will all finally accept Facebook for what it is — a nice place to share photos of family and friends and pets, a handy marketing tool, and a fragmented echo chamber that is inhospitable to public service journalism. 2. The news media will get more serious about subscriptions. Financial support from readers will...

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