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A turning point for trust

It’s been two weeks since I sat, mouth agape, brow furrowed, head shaking in disbelief at what I was witnessing on the television monitors in my newsroom. Reporters from major networks had entered the apartment of San Bernardino shooting suspects Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik and were rifling through its contents — on live...

The rise of frictionless video

When my kids turned on the hotel TV the other day, they couldn’t find Netflix. “All it has is stupid live TV?!” the 7-year-old proclaimed, while the 5-year-old shrugged and punched up YouTube on our iPad. This is not the future; it’s the present, and it’s not isolated to our youngest consumers anymore. It’s a...

Platforms decide who gets heard

As you are most certainly aware, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump recently suggested that Muslims be banned from entering the United States for a while. In this country, that kind of talk is not illegal — we’re protected by the First Amendment, which guarantees our right to free speech, to give voice to whatever we might...

The last mass medium finally emerges

I can’t wait for 2016 — the year that podcasting fully matures into the disruptive mass medium it was always meant to be. The foundation for disruption exists: a wildly exploding diversity of voices, format, listening experiences, and routes to monetization. You’ll know it when you hear it. When a podcast gains exposure, virality, and...

Distributed content becomes the norm

In 2013, it was common for publishers to be thinking not only “digital first” but also “mobile first.” By 2014, most content was being consumed this way — on mobile devices. In 2015, many publishers began distributing content natively on social and mobile platforms, separately from their owned-and-operated properties. By 2016, most content will be...

Pay attention to distraction

As most people with children in their lives probably do, I worry about the world my nieces, ages 4 and 7, will face in the future and how they’ll navigate it. I worry about it for some of the obvious reasons: the consequences of climate change, the economy, war, and violence. But another cause of...

Local news gets smarter on mobile

After shoveling stories across platforms and mastering the art of the “Five things to know for today” listicle, local news organizations will finally begin to “get it” on mobile in 2016. The focus will turn to crafting unique experiences within mobile apps that truly take advantage of the features and benefits of the smartphone platform....

The year of monetizing dangerously

Virtual reality, web videos larded with kinetic text and puppies, oh, and mashups of Olympic swimming, “something green,” and risk management for a very interested prospect targeting millennials. These are all things publishers, consultants, gurus, and ad sales folks will say I need in 2016. My response will be something like this. Don’t get me...

Rise of the small

Much has been written about the rise and demise of blogging and the ability for small publishers to thrive, both editorially and financially. Recently, we’ve seen some exciting examples of independent writers forging a new value proposition for their readers. They’ve been able to assemble the tools — however imperfectly — to publish stories, develop...

The year virtual reality becomes reality

Whether you dismiss it as hype or not, the truth is virtual reality technology is coming — and faster than you think. So the biggest challenge the journalism industry faces in 2016 is how can they invest and innovate on an emerging technology that hasn’t gone mainstream yet. Do news orgs get in early and...

The year of big illustrations

Big data, interactive graphics, and data visualizations will still be cool, but they’ll no longer be the coolest kids on the block. In 2016, digital journalism will embrace a trend that’s been growing for years: enabling illustrations to live up to their true potential online. Browse the best of print design in journalism — any...

Lights, camera, subscriptions! The Boston Globe is taking advantage of its Hollywood moment

This fall, Boston Globe CEO Mike Sheehan added a new element to the presentation he makes to potential advertisers: The trailer to the movie Spotlight. The movie chronicles the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, and Sheehan has been screening the trailer to show advertisers the impact the Globe’s...

Time to rebrand comments

It’s time to stop using the c-word. “The comment section” has moved in people’s minds from being an empty box on a website into a viper-filled pit of hell. We need to start again. We need to do better. This change is necessary because most publishers haven’t understood the value of their communities and so...

What The Guardian learned from its first WhatsApp live chat

The Republican presidential debate this week was headlined by confrontations: Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz clashed over immigration and ISIS, while Donald Trump and Jeb Bush argued over whether Trump would be a “chaos candidate.” Writing for The Guardian from Las Vegas, reporters Sabrina Siddiqui and Paul Lewis wrote that Trump and Bush “scarcely rose...

Forecast: Consistency

I first discovered Italo Calvino’s Six Memos for the Next Millennium in 1995, 10 years after he’d begun writing them for Harvard’s Norton Lectures series. He died unexpectedly just before he was set to embark from Italy to Cambridge to deliver them, after completing five — Lightness, Quickness, Exactitude, Visibility, and Multiplicity. With Calvino, we...

Journalism on the comeback trail

Journalism is on the comeback trail. It is dawning on everyone that great tech without great content (read: journalism) doesn’t get you there. Standing out is what really matters, especially in a world where the supply of “content” is nearly infinite. Volume doesn’t create value — quality does. Tricks and tropes work for a while,...

Time to get serious about chat apps

WeChat, WhatsApp, Line, and their brethren never played a big role in my daily life until I moved to Asia earlier this year. The extent to which they became indispensable, because communication happens almost exclusively inside their ecosystems, exposed a missed opportunity for Western news organizations. But I expect that to change. 2016 is the...

Newsonomics: Flipping newspapers in the new game of Monopoly

How far has the newspaper trade fallen? It’s been another depressing year for those who value robust local news. Yet Sheldon Adelson’s reluctant outing as the new owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal caps 2015 in a way that seems both oddly appropriate and further disheartening. Is it the story of one odd newspaper buy,...

The year we all dogearmark our bitscriptions, contextually

After this past year of innovation and tumult, the next twelve months are coming into focus. It’s now clear that in 2016, the original promise of the Internet will be totally, fully realized. Completely. Next year will blur the boundaries between journalism, blogging, creating, consuming, conversation, and play. It will be a year that orients...

It’s called reporting

The problem with metrics is that we really only compete with ourselves, at least on a daily basis. With only our own numbers for comparison, we’re always #winning. A few months ago, our head of audience engagement came to me with a program called Spike, which gauges how your social engagement compares to others, based...

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