Tested like never before

“News leaders will need to be brave enough to resist the urge to overcorrect.”

vivian-schillerAs all readers of Nieman Lab already know, Truth is under assault. In the year ahead, news organizations are going to be tested like never before to reconcile long-held notions of impartiality with a barrage of lies, half-truths, and obfuscations coming from public figures and political operatives. Journalists who have built up a reputation for fairness over the course of lifetime will be accused of partisanship like never before.

News leaders will need to be brave enough to resist the urge to overcorrect, make concessions for access, seek equivalencies where they don’t exist or worse, or compromise in language, imagery, headlines, and voice.

Vivian Schiller is a former top executive at Twitter, NPR, NBC, CNN, and The New York Times.

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Tim Griggs   The year we stop taking sides

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Asma Khalid   The year of the newsy podcast

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Andrew Haeg   The year of listening

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Richard J. Tofel   The country doesn’t trust us — but they do believe us

Scott Dodd   Nonprofits team up for impact

Andrew Losowsky   Building our own communities

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Doris Truong   Connecting with diverse perspectives

Corey Ford   The year of the rebelpreneur

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Julia Beizer   Building a coherent core identity

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Liz Danzico   The triumph of the small

Alexis Lloyd   Public trust for private realities

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Tim Herrera   The safe space of service journalism

Trushar Barot   API or die

Maria Bustillos   “It’s true — I saw it on Facebook”

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An Xiao Mina   2017 is for the attention innovators

Gabriel Snyder   The aberration of 20th-century journalism

Errin Haines Whack   Chaos or community?

Mary Walter-Brown   Getting comfortable asking for money

Hillary Frey   Forests need to burn to regrow

Coleen O'Lear   Back to basics

Amy O'Leary   Not just covering communities, reaching them

Rachel Schallom   Stop flying over the flyover states

Amy Webb   Journalism as a service

David Weigel   A test for online speech

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Renée Kaplan   Pure reach has reached its limit

Jonathan Stray   A boom in responsible conservative media

Aja Bogdanoff   Comments start pulling their weight

Cory Haik   Navigating power in Trump’s America

Matt Karolian   AI improves publishing

Libby Bawcombe   Kids board the podcast train

Umbreen Bhatti   A sense of journalists’ humanity

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Claire Wardle   Verification takes center stage

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Mary Meehan   Feeling blue in a red state

Eric Nuzum   Podcasting stratifies into hard layers

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Sara M. Watson   There is no neutral interface

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Tracie Powell   Building reader relationships

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