The year ownership mattered

“We will follow in the powerful footsteps of those who came before us, busting down doors, slapping away the hands who wanted to touch us, our bodies, our hair, our minds, just to say that diversity mattered. It didn’t.”

For far too long, we’ve tried to get our voices, stories, and faces out and into the air. And for far too long, one group has controlled and metered the narratives, people, and places we could visit to tell those stories. Well, the dam on power and control in 2018 won’t just break — there will be a flood, a tsunami unlike anyone has seen. That wall of water has been building, and now the perfect storm is about to let itself loose to invade every crack, dry spot, and patch of land that has been under artificial flood control. The gates will come crashing open, and they won’t be able to do anything about it. The white-male power dominated landscape will give way to color, of all shapes and sizes, in all manner of place and locale.

Women of color will seize their power, telling their stories. No longer asking for permission, waiting for that phone call to come, that job interview that says, “Yes, you matter, we want you.” You don’t need that approval anymore. Look into that mirror every morning and see that beauty that I see, that resilience that gives you the autonomy and agency to build something inherently better — because you are better, and no one can own that but you. Your brothers will be there alongside you and will bear witness when needed. We won’t just be bystanders.

Men of color will rise, for they too can compete against their white counterparts while not trying to alienate the dominant white, 18-34 audience, but the audience that has been left in an abyss — an absence of information and representation. Brother, your people need you. Your sons, your daughters want you to be a strong character of moral influence. To say that daddy was there and he worked it. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Wherever you are, right now is temporary, and the way forward is through and by you. Don’t forget your sisters. They need you.

We will no longer accept the narrative of being an impostor, for the previous ownership has revealed themselves to be the true impostors. They lack the humanity to lead us through this defining moment, for they’re the ones that have gotten us to this moment. The door is now open, so step in, not out. It’s time we create the moment, one that is irrefutable and in which their dominance will be toppled. We will seek our funding, donors, and supporters. We’ll bootstrap it, we’ll be scrappy, and we’ll prove once and for all what we’ve always known: We got this.

We will follow in the powerful footsteps of those who came before us, busting down doors, slapping away the hands who wanted to touch us, our bodies, our hair, our minds, just to say that diversity mattered. It didn’t. In 2018, we will produce our own annual reports with those fancy corporate headshots, pie charts, and hockey sticks of growth. We won’t be floating on white-limbo backdrops, or be the sole token of color in the executive wide shot. We will be the shot, and we’re not going to throw it away.

We will lock arms, all of us, and finally say: This is ours. There is no going back.

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

Jennifer Coogan   The future is female

Doris Truong   Computer vision vs. the Internet vigilantes

Amy Webb   Listen to weak signals

Niketa Patel   Live journalism comes of age

Justin Kosslyn   The year journalists become digital security experts

S. Mitra Kalita   The arc of news and audience

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Publishing less to give readers more

Dannagal G. Young   Stop covering politics as a game

Will Sommer   The year local media gets conservative

Rodney Benson   Better, less read, and less trusted

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

Imaeyen Ibanga   Longform video leads the way

David Skok   Finding an information-life balance

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

Corey Johnson   The pro-fact resistance

Yvonne Leow   The rise of video messaging

Pia Frey   Address users as individuals

Kelsey Proud   No, no, no

Tim Carmody   Watch out for Spotify

Caitria O'Neill   The new court of public opinion

Lanre Akinola   Making noise is not a strategy

Brian Lam   Sketchy ethics around product reviews

Cory Haik   Suffering from realness, pivoting to impact

Nikki Usher   The year of The Washington Post

Dan Newman   A return to trust

Nicholas Diakopoulos   Fortifying social media from automated inauthenticity

Rachel Davis Mersey   AI, with real smarts

Eric Nuzum   Beyond the narrative arc

Amie Ferris-Rotman   More female reporters abroad (please)

Jassim Ahmad   Thriving on change

Alastair Coote   The year of self-improvement

Kim Fox   Audience teams diversify their approach

Luke O'Neil   The end is already here

Mira Lowe   The year of the local watchdog

Kathleen McElroy   Building a news video experience native to mobile

Tracie Powell   The muting of underserved voices

Francesco Marconi   The year of machine-to-machine journalism

Molly de Aguiar   Good journalism won’t be enough

Cindy Royal   Your journalism curriculum is obsolete

Jim Brady   With the people, not just of the people

Felix Salmon   Covering bitcoin while owning bitcoin

Steve Grove   The midterms are an opportunity

Elizabeth Jensen   Show your work

Raju Narisetti   Mirror, mirror on the wall

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   Skepticism and narcissism

Matt DeRienzo   A recession, then a collapse

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

Mike Caulfield   Refactoring media literacy for the networked age

Carlos Martínez de la Serna   The new journalism commons

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

Adam Thomas   Sharing is caring: The year of the mentor

Mario García   Storytelling finally adapts to mobile

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

Zizi Papacharissi   Women come back

Dheerja Kaur   Fun with subscription products

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

Daniel Trielli   The rich get richer, the poor scramble

Mary Walter-Brown   Show a little vulnerability

Jarrod Dicker   Honesty in advertising

Manoush Zomorodi   Self-help as a publishing strategy

Kristen Muller   The year of the voter

Joanne Lipman   Journalists inventing revenue streams

Sam Ford   The year of investing in processes

Alfred Hermida   Going beyond mobile-first

Almar Latour   Conquering calm

Sue Schardt   Jump the niche

Michelle Garcia   Navigating journalistic transparency

Evie Nagy   Pivot to mobile video frustration

Ray Soto   VR reaches the next level

Jessica Parker Gilbert   Design connects storytelling and strategy

Emily Goligoski   Looking beyond news for inspiration

Jennifer Choi   Standing up for us and for each other

Jamie Mottram   From pageviews to t-shirts

Sarah Marshall   Loyalty as the key performance indicator

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

Nathalie Malinarich   Peak push

Andrew Haeg   The year journalists become relationship builders

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

Jacqui Cheng   Retailers move into content

Ariana Tobin   Too tired to tap

L. Gordon Crovitz   Serving readers over advertisers

Juliette De Maeyer   A responsible press criticism

Michelle Ferrier   The year of the great reckoning

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

Burt Herman   Things get real

Laura E. Davis   Writing answers before you know the question

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

Taylor Lorenz   Social and media will split

Christopher Meighan   Passive partnership is in the rearview

Ruth Palmer   Risks will grow for news subjects — especially minorities

Kinsey Wilson   Facebook and Google: Help out or pay up

Andrew Ramsammy   The year ownership mattered

Frédéric Filloux   External forces

Umbreen Bhatti   The trust problem isn’t new

Nicholas Quah   Stop talking trash about young people

Nushin Rashidian   Publishers seek ad dollar alternatives

Trushar Barot   The Jio-fication of India

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

Matt Boggie   The intellectual equivalent of the Dead Sea

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

Jake Levine   The return to now

Sally Lehrman   Trust comes first

Craig Newmark   Working together toward sustainable solutions

Matt Thompson   Here come the attention managers

Rick Berke   Value is the watchword

Sydette Harry   Listen to your corner and watch for the hook

Emma Carew Grovum   Newsroom culture becomes a priority

Tanya Cordrey   Finally, the seeds of radical reinvention

Joanne McNeil   Gatekeeping the gatekeepers

Debra Adams Simmons   And a woman shall lead them

Michael Kuntz   The only pivot that might work

Usha Sahay   Wallets get opened

Rachel Schallom   Better design helps differentiate opinion and news

Alice Antheaume   Are you fluent in AI?

Matt Carlson   Attacks on the press will get worse

Valérie Bélair-Gagnon   Seeking trust in fragmented spaces

Vivian Schiller   Pivot to tomorrow

Mariano Blejman   News games rule

Hannah Cassius   The year of the echo-chamber escapists

Hossein Derakhshan   Television has won

Jennifer Brandel and Mónica Guzmán   The editorial meeting of the future

Sam Sanders   Shine the light on ourselves

Nancy Watzman   Know thy TV

Bill Keller   A growing turn to philanthropy

Mary Meehan   Real lives are at stake in rural areas

Kawandeep Virdee   Zines had it right all along

Basile Simon   We need better career paths for news nerds

Alexios Mantzarlis   Moving fake news research out of the lab

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

P. Kim Bui   The reckoning is only beginning

Federica Cherubini   The rise of bridge roles in news organizations

Cristina Wilson   The year of the Instagram Story

Heather Bryant   Building the ecosystems for collaboration

Neha Gandhi   Filler killers

Rodney Gibbs   Tech workers turn to journalism

Rubina Madan Fillion   Unlocking the potential of AI

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

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

Charo Henríquez   Training is an investment, not an expense

C.W. Anderson   The social media apocalypse

Edward Roussel   Eyes, ears, and brains

Claire Wardle   Disinformation gets worse

Corey Ford   The empire strikes back

Lam Thuy Vo   Breaking free from the tyranny of the loudest

Andrew Losowsky   The year of resilience

Caitlin Thompson   Podcasting models mature and diversify

Pete Brown   Push alerts, personalized

Paul Ford   Go global

Vanessa K. DeLuca   Women’s voices take center stage

José Zamora   Revenue-first journalism

Mi-Ai Parrish   Blockchain and trust

An Xiao Mina   Memes and visuals come to the fore

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

John Keefe   Scooped by AI

Lucas Graves   From algorithms to institutions

Raney Aronson-Rath   Transparency is the antidote to fake news

Kyle Ellis   Let’s build our way out of this

Marie Gilot   No assholes allowed

Feli Sánchez   The year for guerrilla user research

Joyce Barnathan   It will be harder to bury the news

Damon Krukowski   Reviving the alt-weekly soul

Mandy Velez   texting is lit rn, fam

Monique Judge   Letting black women tell their own stories

Borja Echevarría   TV goes digital, digital goes TV

Mariana Moura Santos   Think local, act global

Renée Kaplan   The year of quiet adjustments (shhh)

Ståle Grut   Reclaiming audience interaction from social networks

Pablo Boczkowski   The rise of skeptical reading

Carrie Brown-Smith   Transparency finally takes off

Miguel Castro   The arrival of the impact producer

Jared Newman   Venture funding and digital news don’t mix

Monika Bauerlein   The firehose of falsehood

Tamar Charney   We get serious about algorithms

Julia Beizer   A longer view on the pivot

Amy King   Let’s amplify visual voice