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.

Ståle Grut   Reclaiming audience interaction from social networks

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

Sue Schardt   Jump the niche

Nushin Rashidian   Publishers seek ad dollar alternatives

Cristina Wilson   The year of the Instagram Story

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

Damon Krukowski   Reviving the alt-weekly soul

Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

Basile Simon   We need better career paths for news nerds

Nicholas Quah   Stop talking trash about young people

Lucas Graves   From algorithms to institutions

Jacqui Cheng   Retailers move into content

Brian Lam   Sketchy ethics around product reviews

Steve Grove   The midterms are an opportunity

Yvonne Leow   The rise of video messaging

Bill Keller   A growing turn to philanthropy

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

Caitlin Thompson   Podcasting models mature and diversify

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Seeking trust in fragmented spaces

David Skok   Finding an information-life balance

Michelle Garcia   Navigating journalistic transparency

Juliette De Maeyer   A responsible press criticism

Dannagal G. Young   Stop covering politics as a game

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

Molly de Aguiar   Good journalism won’t be enough

Rodney Benson   Better, less read, and less trusted

José Zamora   Revenue-first journalism

Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Rachel Davis Mersey   AI, with real smarts

Adam Thomas   Sharing is caring: The year of the mentor

Usha Sahay   Wallets get opened

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

Kristen Muller   The year of the voter

Andrew Haeg   The year journalists become relationship builders

Alice Antheaume   Are you fluent in AI?

Mariana Moura Santos   Think local, act global

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

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

Caitria O'Neill   The new court of public opinion

Paul Ford   Go global

Lam Thuy Vo   Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Fortifying social media from automated inauthenticity

Mary Meehan   Real lives are at stake in rural areas

L. Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

Zizi Papacharissi   Women come back

Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

Feli Sánchez   The year for guerrilla user research

Mariano Blejman   News games rule

Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

Kinsey Wilson   Facebook and Google: Help out or pay up

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

Rubina Madan Fillion   Unlocking the potential of AI

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

Sydette Harry   Listen to your corner and watch for the hook

Pia Frey   Address users as individuals

Dheerja Kaur   Fun with subscription products

Matt Carlson   Attacks on the press will get worse

Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

Ruth Palmer   Risks will grow for news subjects — especially minorities

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

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

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

Sam Sanders   Shine the light on ourselves

Rodney Gibbs   Tech workers turn to journalism

Rachel Schallom   Better design helps differentiate opinion and news

Imaeyen Ibanga   Longform video leads the way

Nathalie Malinarich   Peak push

Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

Niketa Patel   Live journalism comes of age

Joanne McNeil   Gatekeeping the gatekeepers

Kyle Ellis   Let’s build our way out of this

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

Michelle Ferrier   The year of the great reckoning

Trushar Barot   The Jio-fication of India

Pablo Boczkowski   The rise of skeptical reading

Jennifer Choi   Standing up for us and for each other

Jennifer Coogan   The future is female

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

Nancy Watzman   Know thy TV

Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

Jessica Parker Gilbert   Design connects storytelling and strategy

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

Burt Herman   Things get real

An Xiao Mina   Memes and visuals come to the fore

Cindy Royal   Your journalism curriculum is obsolete

Frédéric Filloux   External forces

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

Alexios Mantzarlis   Moving fake news research out of the lab

Borja Echevarría   TV goes digital, digital goes TV

Felix Salmon   Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

Carrie Brown-Smith   Transparency finally takes off

Joyce Barnathan   It will be harder to bury the news

Jamie Mottram   From pageviews to t-shirts

Jarrod Dicker   Honesty in advertising

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

John Keefe   Scooped by AI

Ray Soto   VR reaches the next level

Jared Newman   Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

Sally Lehrman   Trust comes first

Dan Newman   A return to trust

S. Mitra Kalita   The arc of news and audience

Andrew Ramsammy   The year ownership mattered

Mandy Velez   texting is lit rn, fam

Umbreen Bhatti   The trust problem isn’t new

Pete Brown   Push alerts, personalized

Alastair Coote   The year of self-improvement

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Raju Narisetti   Mirror, mirror on the wall

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

Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Julia Beizer   A longer view on the pivot

Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

Charo Henríquez   Training is an investment, not an expense

Taylor Lorenz   Social and media will split

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

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

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

Elizabeth Jensen   Show your work

Cory Haik   Suffering from realness, pivoting to impact

Raney Aronson-Rath   Transparency is the antidote to fake news

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

Almar Latour   Conquering calm

Hossein Derakhshan   Television has won

Michael Kuntz   The only pivot that might work

Francesco Marconi   The year of machine-to-machine journalism

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   Skepticism and narcissism

Debra Adams Simmons   And a woman shall lead them

Miguel Castro   The arrival of the impact producer

Jake Levine   The return to now

Tracie Powell   The muting of underserved voices

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

Amy Webb   Listen to weak signals

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

Tanya Cordrey   Finally, the seeds of radical reinvention

Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

Will Sommer   The year local media gets conservative

Andrew Losowsky   The year of resilience

Nikki Usher   The year of The Washington Post

Justin Kosslyn   The year journalists become digital security experts

Monique Judge   Letting black women tell their own stories

Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

Manoush Zomorodi   Self-help as a publishing strategy

P. Kim Bui   The reckoning is only beginning

Corey Ford   The empire strikes back

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

Emma Carew Grovum   Newsroom culture becomes a priority

Alfred Hermida   Going beyond mobile-first

Neha Gandhi   Filler killers

Matt Thompson   Here come the attention managers

Daniel Trielli   The rich get richer, the poor scramble

Kelsey Proud   No, no, no

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

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Publishing less to give readers more

Matt DeRienzo   A recession, then a collapse

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

Mike Caulfield   Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

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

Jim Brady   With the people, not just of the people

Joanne Lipman   Journalists inventing revenue streams

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

Vivian Schiller   Pivot to tomorrow

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

Carlos Martínez de la Serna   The new journalism commons

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

Jassim Ahmad   Thriving on change

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

Vanessa K. DeLuca   Women’s voices take center stage

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

Corey Johnson   The pro-fact resistance

C.W. Anderson   The social media apocalypse

Tim Carmody   Watch out for Spotify