Blockchain and trust

“Having decentralized ledgers and data storage allows visibility into creation and tracking, engagement and follow-through in news and ads.”

One of the biggest challenges facing news organizations is the notion of trust and transparency. Blockchain has the potential to play a role in creating an element to create transparency for both news and advertising. Having decentralized ledgers and data storage allows visibility into creation and tracking, engagement and follow-through in news and ads. Cost and speed are issues, but they will improve as the exchanges emerge and merge and grow. Trust and transparency have been damaged by elements of technology — I’ll tout this as a possible part of reparation.

Mi-Ai Parrish, current president and publisher of the Arizona Republic, is joining the faculty of Arizona State University.

Frédéric Filloux   External forces

Neha Gandhi   Filler killers

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

Usha Sahay   Wallets get opened

Amy Webb   Listen to weak signals

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

Ståle Grut   Reclaiming audience interaction from social networks

Andrew Haeg   The year journalists become relationship builders

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

Felix Salmon   Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Fortifying social media from automated inauthenticity

Alastair Coote   The year of self-improvement

Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

John Keefe   Scooped by AI

Imaeyen Ibanga   Longform video leads the way

Charo Henríquez   Training is an investment, not an expense

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

Mandy Velez   texting is lit rn, fam

Basile Simon   We need better career paths for news nerds

Jim Moroney   Newspapers have to be good enough for readers to pay for

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

Alan Soon   The rise of start of psychographic, micro-targeted media

Dan Newman   A return to trust

Helen Havlak   Keywords, not publishers, power the world’s biggest feeds

Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

Almar Latour   Conquering calm

Tanya Cordrey   Finally, the seeds of radical reinvention

Carrie Brown-Smith   Transparency finally takes off

Matt Thompson   Here come the attention managers

Alexios Mantzarlis   Moving fake news research out of the lab

Matt DeRienzo   A recession, then a collapse

Tim Carmody   Watch out for Spotify

Cristina Wilson   The year of the Instagram Story

Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Ruth Palmer   Risks will grow for news subjects — especially minorities

Tanzina Vega   It’s time for media companies to #PassTheMic

Zizi Papacharissi   Women come back

Francesco Marconi   The year of machine-to-machine journalism

Sue Schardt   Jump the niche

Debra Adams Simmons   And a woman shall lead them

Niketa Patel   Live journalism comes of age

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

C.W. Anderson   The social media apocalypse

Nancy Watzman   Know thy TV

Feli Sánchez   The year for guerrilla user research

Lam Thuy Vo   Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

José Zamora   Revenue-first journalism

Andrew Ramsammy   The year ownership mattered

Bill Keller   A growing turn to philanthropy

Sara M. Watson   Feeds will open up to new user-determined filters

Caitlin Thompson   Podcasting models mature and diversify

Alice Antheaume   Are you fluent in AI?

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

Matt Carlson   Attacks on the press will get worse

Raju Narisetti   Mirror, mirror on the wall

Jennifer Coogan   The future is female

Eric Ulken   The year local publishers get smart(er) about change

Michelle Garcia   Navigating journalistic transparency

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Nathalie Malinarich   Peak push

Mary Meehan   Real lives are at stake in rural areas

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Seeking trust in fragmented spaces

Mike Caulfield   Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

Lucas Graves   From algorithms to institutions

L. Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

Kinsey Wilson   Facebook and Google: Help out or pay up

Jamie Mottram   From pageviews to t-shirts

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   Skepticism and narcissism

Susie Banikarim   R.I.P. Pivot to Video (2017–2017)

Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

Hossein Derakhshan   Television has won

Cindy Royal   Your journalism curriculum is obsolete

Jake Levine   The return to now

Jassim Ahmad   Thriving on change

Jared Newman   Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

Dan Shanoff   You down with OTT? (Yeah, DTC)

Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

Jacqui Cheng   Retailers move into content

Damon Krukowski   Reviving the alt-weekly soul

Borja Echevarría   TV goes digital, digital goes TV

An Xiao Mina   Memes and visuals come to the fore

Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

Rodney Gibbs   Tech workers turn to journalism

Brian Lam   Sketchy ethics around product reviews

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

Trushar Barot   The Jio-fication of India

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Miguel Castro   The arrival of the impact producer

Taylor Lorenz   Social and media will split

Michael Kuntz   The only pivot that might work

Sydette Harry   Listen to your corner and watch for the hook

Kristen Muller   The year of the voter

Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice

Alfred Hermida   Going beyond mobile-first

Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

Pete Brown   Push alerts, personalized

Pablo Boczkowski   The rise of skeptical reading

Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

Sam Sanders   Shine the light on ourselves

Errin Haines Whack   At the ballot, it’s time to count black women

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

Juliette De Maeyer   A responsible press criticism

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams   Women of color will reclaim and monetize our time

Dannagal G. Young   Stop covering politics as a game

Vivian Schiller   Pivot to tomorrow

Rachel Davis Mersey   AI, with real smarts

Joanne McNeil   Gatekeeping the gatekeepers

Corey Ford   The empire strikes back

Millie Tran and Stine Bauer Dahlberg   (Hint: It’s about your brand)

Julia Beizer   A longer view on the pivot

David Skok   Finding an information-life balance

Joanne Lipman   Journalists inventing revenue streams

Carlos Martínez de la Serna   The new journalism commons

Julia B. Chan   Looking for loyalty in all the right places

Monique Judge   Letting black women tell their own stories

Joyce Barnathan   It will be harder to bury the news

Jessica Parker Gilbert   Design connects storytelling and strategy

Pia Frey   Address users as individuals

Elizabeth Jensen   Show your work

Mariana Moura Santos   Think local, act global

Umbreen Bhatti   The trust problem isn’t new

Rachel Schallom   Better design helps differentiate opinion and news

Jesse Holcomb   Information disorder, coming to a congressional district near you

Kyle Ellis   Let’s build our way out of this

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Richard J. Tofel   The platforms’ power demands more reporters’ attention

Steve Grove   The midterms are an opportunity

Mariano Blejman   News games rule

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

Molly de Aguiar   Good journalism won’t be enough

Manoush Zomorodi   Self-help as a publishing strategy

Burt Herman   Things get real

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

Adam Thomas   Sharing is caring: The year of the mentor

Emma Carew Grovum   Newsroom culture becomes a priority

Nushin Rashidian   Publishers seek ad dollar alternatives

Aron Pilhofer   We can’t leave the business to the business side any more

Rubina Madan Fillion   Unlocking the potential of AI

Vanessa K. DeLuca   Women’s voices take center stage

Nikki Usher   The year of The Washington Post

Nicholas Quah   Stop talking trash about young people

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen   The Snapchat scenario and the risk of more closed platforms

S. Mitra Kalita   The arc of news and audience

Jim Brady   With the people, not just of the people

Jennifer Choi   Standing up for us and for each other

Dheerja Kaur   Fun with subscription products

Raney Aronson-Rath   Transparency is the antidote to fake news

Marcela Donini and Thiago Herdy   Collaboration is the way forward for Brazilian journalism

Caitria O'Neill   The new court of public opinion

Cory Haik   Suffering from realness, pivoting to impact

Justin Kosslyn   The year journalists become digital security experts

Andrew Losowsky   The year of resilience

Sally Lehrman   Trust comes first

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Publishing less to give readers more

Kelsey Proud   No, no, no

Daniel Trielli   The rich get richer, the poor scramble

Tracie Powell   The muting of underserved voices

Paul Ford   Go global

Ray Soto   VR reaches the next level

Will Sommer   The year local media gets conservative

P. Kim Bui   The reckoning is only beginning

Corey Johnson   The pro-fact resistance

Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

Yvonne Leow   The rise of video messaging

Jarrod Dicker   Honesty in advertising

Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

Michelle Ferrier   The year of the great reckoning

Rodney Benson   Better, less read, and less trusted