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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...

Smart filters on the rise

There have been more than a few stories about the resurgence of email newsletters, explainers, and niche networks. What these products have in common is the ability to turn information into understanding. If in 2009 we were urged to jump into the stream, and in 2013 to reconsider that leap, then this is the year...

Crowdsourcing the future of news

I usually make all of my work public and transparent and involve the audience on a daily basis (on Twitter and on the Social Sandbox). So when Nieman Lab asked me to make a news industry prediction for 2015, I decided this should be no different: I emailed 40 people who don’t work in news and...

The year news notifications need to grow up

We were driving from Pittsburgh back to Manhattan in a rental car when something remarkable happened: We hit traffic because of an accident. The remarkable thing was not hitting traffic on the turnpike. The remarkable thing was that Waze, miraculous app that it is, knew it was an accident, and how far ahead it was...

Disrupt the buzzword backlash

Last year, my noob forecasting ruffled the feathers of exactly nobody. This year I hope to provoke discussion about the sharp edges of our industry — our tools that cut us when used inattentively. My predictions for 2015 are intentionally edgy. We’re setting ourselves up for a very hard lesson in how much we encourage...

The first 45 taps

How do we know when a news app is successful? Since joining BuzzFeed a few months ago, I’ve learned that there is little consensus within our industry regarding how we define and measure success. So I started speaking with people outside of news to learn how they know when to celebrate or commiserate. One of...

The beginning of the end of Facebook as a traffic engine

Virtually every digital publisher has seen two big trends in recent years: Traffic is up sharply, and mobile traffic is up spectacularly, often overtaking the desktop web. In both cases, the cause can be distilled down to a single word: Facebook. But what Facebook giveth, Facebook can taketh away. (Just ask Zynga.) And 2015 is...

Platforming the news

News organizations are increasingly designing and creating tools, products, and even entire platforms. Who wouldn’t want a technological boost in competitive advantage and efficiency, or an extra, diversified stream of revenue? We see...Show More Summary

Shifting gears: An interview with BuzzFeed’s Shani O. Hilton

Last month, BuzzFeed’s executive editor for news Shani Hilton stopped by the Nieman Foundation, where the Nieman Fellows and I had the chance to ask her a few questions. Hilton was just promoted to her current role this September, a position which makes her responsible for, among many other things, developing a set of newsroom...

BuzzFeed will hire a public editor

Margaret Sullivan is a national treasure. That’s because The New York Times is a national treasure, and Sullivan is its public editor: the best to fill that role in its history. (I almost added the caveat “admittedly short,” but no: The Times has had a public editor for over 10 years! Daniel Okrent, the first...

Authenticity, expertise, and intimacy

Pay attention to the bylines of the most popular stories of the year. My prediction is that few will be staff reports and most will be gripping, memorable opinion pieces. You may be cynical and blame shrinking newsroom budgets, as this writer did in The Washington Post, decrying the rise of the first-person essay. Or...

More is less (or too much)

For me, giving your audience less is the key in 2015. One of the biggest insights I took away from the Times’ great mobile success, NYT Now, is that there is a big reward in engagement in giving people a smaller number of stories, served up at the right time of day and in the...

Siphoning from social tech

2014 led me to into newsrooms around the world to have discussions on challenges, opportunities, and collaborations. My perspective is from social tech? — ?Embedly works with social networks, music sites, media aggregators, chat apps, and blogs. I watch closely the relationship between social media and news sites, focusing on not the sharing aspect, but...

The rise of the jacktivist

I moved from Washington, D.C., to Silicon Valley roughly a year and a half ago. Since then, I often tell people that the main difference between the two is that they run on different currencies: Washington runs on power, the Valley runs on ideas. Meetings here start with a simple prompt, one as innocent as...

Personalization reaches newsrooms

Ten years ago, EPIC 2014 warned of automated algorithms entertaining the masses with frivolous news items made relevant by their routines online. Today, companies like Facebook are struggling to learn what newsrooms have long known: Presenting readers with personally relevant news is both science and art. In 2015, affordable tools analyzing a wealth of reader...

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