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Reporters, designers, and developers become BFFs

If you Google “integrated newsroom,” you’ll see loads of search results for articles, op-eds, presentations, academic papers, and even images of seating charts. (This one makes me chuckle a little.) Everyone has their own definition of what this buzzword-y phrase means (as is often the case with buzzwords), but even so, I’ll throw mine onto...

A thaw in the newsroom glacier

Here is hoping 2015 will see: — The Pulitzer Prizes are not given to the same annual one-day wonders. — Stories on Jill Abramson morph into stories from Jill Abramson. — More math — any math — in all those gushy profiles of new media startups and journalism’s saviors. — A Journalist Rescue Fund, one...

More listening, more collaborating

The conversation around the disruption of the news is surrounded by fear. We pick apart the successes and failures of massive media experiments with little sensitivity for the humans behind the screen. But even as editors and owners clash and journalists and technologists are pitted against each other, a movement of collaboration and experimentation rises,...

Could a Journalist Rescue Fund take threatened reporters out of harm’s way?

Over the past 22 years, 1,059 journalists have been killed. Worldwide, some 430 journalists are in exile from their home countries. Hundreds more are injured, persecuted, muzzled, and threatened, mostly by governments and sometimes by influential non-governmental forces, all interested in stifling a free, fearless press. Show More Summary

Learning from mobile-first markets

My book celebrates African innovation, and doing more with less. It’s in that spirit that I offer two related predictions for news in 2015: First: A push to target global audiences. Second: Product lessons from “mobile-first” markets. My first prediction doubles as advice for publishers. Growth is an obsession for all new media companies, and...

Ads that keep up with editorial

In the coming rush to measure ad engagement by visibility, I hope we’ll see a grand reconsideration of how ad units are created to engage readers and complement content, rather than to simply capture attention. Ad design platforms will come to resemble the story-building tools we’re presently building for ourselves. We need to indulge the...

The news mixtape

First we had homepages. Next we got streams. Then we saw a return to newsletters. So what is the thing for 2015? This will be the year of the mixtape. Not quite the cassette tape you made your high school crush, but similar in sentiment. If the rise of podcasts and newsletters has taught us...

The fall and rise of the news bundle

The bundle is dead; long live the bundle. But this isn’t the familiar 20th-century package of paper and ink. It’s a bundle that lives as code, often assembled by other bits of code, and almost invariably run by people who write code, not words. The bundle used to be that daily paper delivered to the...

The year of yes

I conducted a programming study 10 years ago that showed the gatekeepers of public radio were, on average, 45-year-old white males. This generation of architects — whose passion and commitment have given us a strong institution that is now in the midst of change — is beginning a 5- to 7-year peel-off — another aspect...

What might vs. what should

Here are three things that aren’t necessarily going to happen in 2015, but should happen so journalism can have a great new year. This isn’t a set of predictions; it’s a wish list. We’ll stop using the word “technology” to marginalize things that don’t fit our definition of journalism. Journalists use the word “technology” to...

New friends: The Washington Post and The Texas Tribune enter into a new reporting partnership

The Texas Tribune is taking its split with The New York Times pretty well. Two months ago the Times ended its story-sharing agreement with the Austin-based news nonprofit after four years. Now, the Tribune has a new dance partner: The Washington Post. The Post and The Texas Tribune will begin a new partnership in January...

Ken Doctor: “Rosewater,” cascading censorship, and press freedom

I remember the early summer day in Moscow well. I had one day to myself to explore a bit of the city after conducting a two-day workshop for Russian regional publishers. By late afternoon, I was ready to return to the hotel and prepare for the next morning’s flight home. I braved the Moscow Metro,...

Bad community is worse than no community

2015 should be the year your digital publication rethinks its community strategy. First question: Do you really care enough to do it right? As Kyle Chayka wrote this week, people are increasingly retreating to safe spaces. All the best conversation is happening in GroupMe, Slack, WhatsApp, private email lists, or over drinks after work. People...

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...

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