Jump the niche

“The social web overtakes, exhausts, exhilarates, spreads, connects, reinforces, divides. Hashtag power. Deep in the niche, it’s easy to ignore those without time or equipment or mind space or care to be in the game.”

Smarts critique smarts who share with smarts who thumbs up or down or comments. Trump pro or con critiques Trump pro or con who shares with Trump pro or con who thumbs up or down or comments. Blue/Green/Red critiques Blue/Green/Red who shares with Blue/Green/Red who thumbs up or down or comments.

#metoo jumps the niche. Or does it?

The social web overtakes, exhausts, exhilarates, spreads, connects, reinforces, divides. Hashtag power. Deep in the niche, it’s easy to ignore those without time or equipment or mind space or care to be in the game.

Hello net neutrality! Goodbye!

What happens if we don’t trust The Social?

People eat together, pray, argue, dance, watch, listen. The physical space of community is an opening frontier where we will turn, more and more, to share and make our stories.

Sue Schardt is CEO of AIR.

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Justin Kosslyn   The year journalists become digital security experts

Ståle Grut   Reclaiming audience interaction from social networks

Ray Soto   VR reaches the next level

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

Pete Brown   Push alerts, personalized

Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

Jim Brady   With the people, not just of the people

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

Nancy Watzman   Know thy TV

Alfred Hermida   Going beyond mobile-first

Pablo Boczkowski   The rise of skeptical reading

Andrew Haeg   The year journalists become relationship builders

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

Alastair Coote   The year of self-improvement

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

Hossein Derakhshan   Television has won

Joanne Lipman   Journalists inventing revenue streams

Corey Ford   The empire strikes back

Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

Francesco Marconi   The year of machine-to-machine journalism

Andrew Ramsammy   The year ownership mattered

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

Nathalie Malinarich   Peak push

Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

Emma Carew Grovum   Newsroom culture becomes a priority

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

Molly de Aguiar   Good journalism won’t be enough

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

Mary Meehan   Real lives are at stake in rural areas

Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Mariana Moura Santos   Think local, act global

Niketa Patel   Live journalism comes of age

An Xiao Mina   Memes and visuals come to the fore

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

Frédéric Filloux   External forces

Rodney Gibbs   Tech workers turn to journalism

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

Steve Grove   The midterms are an opportunity

Raju Narisetti   Mirror, mirror on the wall

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

Usha Sahay   Wallets get opened

Vanessa K. DeLuca   Women’s voices take center stage

Jennifer Coogan   The future is female

Jassim Ahmad   Thriving on change

S. Mitra Kalita   The arc of news and audience

John Keefe   Scooped by AI

Cory Haik   Suffering from realness, pivoting to impact

Yvonne Leow   The rise of video messaging

Rodney Benson   Better, less read, and less trusted

Jamie Mottram   From pageviews to t-shirts

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

Kelsey Proud   No, no, no

David Skok   Finding an information-life balance

Jessica Parker Gilbert   Design connects storytelling and strategy

Zizi Papacharissi   Women come back

Paul Ford   Go global

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

Nikki Usher   The year of The Washington Post

L. Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

C.W. Anderson   The social media apocalypse

Caitlin Thompson   Podcasting models mature and diversify

Tracie Powell   The muting of underserved voices

Mandy Velez   texting is lit rn, fam

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

Imaeyen Ibanga   Longform video leads the way

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

Monique Judge   Letting black women tell their own stories

Jennifer Choi   Standing up for us and for each other

Rachel Davis Mersey   AI, with real smarts

Feli Sánchez   The year for guerrilla user research

Will Sommer   The year local media gets conservative

Sue Schardt   Jump the niche

Julia Beizer   A longer view on the pivot

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

Cristina Wilson   The year of the Instagram Story

Burt Herman   Things get real

Neha Gandhi   Filler killers

Kristen Muller   The year of the voter

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

Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Brian Lam   Sketchy ethics around product reviews

Rachel Schallom   Better design helps differentiate opinion and news

Carlos Martínez de la Serna   The new journalism commons

Jake Levine   The return to now

Joyce Barnathan   It will be harder to bury the news

Jared Newman   Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

Umbreen Bhatti   The trust problem isn’t new

Jacqui Cheng   Retailers move into content

Elizabeth Jensen   Show your work

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

P. Kim Bui   The reckoning is only beginning

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

Kinsey Wilson   Facebook and Google: Help out or pay up

Rubina Madan Fillion   Unlocking the potential of AI

Damon Krukowski   Reviving the alt-weekly soul

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

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

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

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

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

Lucas Graves   From algorithms to institutions

Lam Thuy Vo   Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

Matt Thompson   Here come the attention managers

José Zamora   Revenue-first journalism

Kyle Ellis   Let’s build our way out of this

Joanne McNeil   Gatekeeping the gatekeepers

Debra Adams Simmons   And a woman shall lead them

Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

Sally Lehrman   Trust comes first

Daniel Trielli   The rich get richer, the poor scramble

Michelle Garcia   Navigating journalistic transparency

Mariano Blejman   News games rule

Trushar Barot   The Jio-fication of India

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

Tanya Cordrey   Finally, the seeds of radical reinvention

Charo Henríquez   Training is an investment, not an expense

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Juliette De Maeyer   A responsible press criticism

Pia Frey   Address users as individuals

Miguel Castro   The arrival of the impact producer

Sam Sanders   Shine the light on ourselves

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Publishing less to give readers more

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice

Alice Antheaume   Are you fluent in AI?

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Alexios Mantzarlis   Moving fake news research out of the lab

Caitria O'Neill   The new court of public opinion

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Corey Johnson   The pro-fact resistance

Carrie Brown-Smith   Transparency finally takes off

Felix Salmon   Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

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Taylor Lorenz   Social and media will split

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

Cindy Royal   Your journalism curriculum is obsolete

Adam Thomas   Sharing is caring: The year of the mentor

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Borja Echevarría   TV goes digital, digital goes TV

Dheerja Kaur   Fun with subscription products

Matt Carlson   Attacks on the press will get worse

Basile Simon   We need better career paths for news nerds

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

Michelle Ferrier   The year of the great reckoning

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Fortifying social media from automated inauthenticity

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

Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

Dan Newman   A return to trust

Ruth Palmer   Risks will grow for news subjects — especially minorities

Andrew Losowsky   The year of resilience

Sydette Harry   Listen to your corner and watch for the hook

Bill Keller   A growing turn to philanthropy

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

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Matt DeRienzo   A recession, then a collapse

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

Dannagal G. Young   Stop covering politics as a game

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

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Mike Caulfield   Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

Tim Carmody   Watch out for Spotify

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