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You can’t raise prices forever

“The last five years of raising subscription prices will begin to slow down as newspaper executives begin to notice even their most loyal subscribers have a price they will not pay.”

The legacy newspaper organizations’ trouble will continue as they struggle with the demands of implementing difficult digital-first strategies as their print business continues to erode. The last five years of raising subscription prices will begin to slow down as newspaper executives begin to notice even their most loyal subscribers have a price they will not pay — and they notice their current circulation is still a solid audience to sell to advertisers.

The growing need for quality community journalism will continue to drive entrepreneurial work to fill in the gaps left by legacy news groups and their cost-cutting moves. More independent, local journalism efforts will launch than ever before, both online and print, with a surprising uplift of local business advertising supporting the efforts to create healthy local journalism efforts. Community-supported journalism will have a good year.

A commitment to building awareness and content distribution outside the hold of Facebook will give NextDoor a tremendous opportunity to provide local journalists with a platform for engagement and news dissemination — before, succumbing to the needs of its investors, it goes crazy and messes it up, too.

Finally, the pivot-to-digital-agency strategy will be buried next to its ugly cousin pivot-to-video by the end of 2019.

Darryl Holliday   Let’s talk about power (yours)

Frank Chimero   Leave the phone at home and put news on your wrist

Eric Nuzum   The year of the DIY podcast network

Alberto Cairo   A year of uncertainty and confidence

Zainab Khan   Publishers whose products can stand up to social media giants will win

Nicholas Jackson   More transparency around newsroom decisions

Sue Robinson   Reporters go on the offensive

Celeste LeCompte   Local news needs local conversation to survive

Ernie Smith   The year we step back from the platform

Jesse Holcomb   We’ll get better at making the case for local journalism

Pia Frey   You can’t solve a crisis without treating it as a crisis

Jonathan Gill   Publishers build a common tech platform together

Andrea Faye Hart   Doing less harm, not just more good

Steve Myers   From trying to cover it all to covering what matters

LaToya Drake   Listen up: New stories, new storytellers

Borja Bergareche Sainz de los Terreros   Entering a more balanced era

Charo Henríquez   Pivot to journalism

Kristen Muller   Local news fails — in a good way

Matt Karolian   Publishers come to terms with being Facebook’s enablers

Rishad Patel   A design system for responsible publishing

Don Day   Timewalls and other reader revenue experiments

Candis Callison   Learn from Indigenous journalists on covering climate change

Tamar Charney   Seriously: What do you do for people?

Axie Navas   The traffic hunt, CMS battle, and magazine identity crises loom

Annie Rudd   A more intimate aesthetic of politics — on Insta

Jeff Chin   We detox from Chartbeat

Salem Solomon   Correcting our corrections

Craig Newmark   The end of “loudspeakers for liars”

Laura E. Davis   More access, but not that kind

Dheerja Kaur   A focus on problems, not platforms

Bill Adair   Another year fighting Trump’s falsehoods

Dan Shanoff   Bet on sports gambling

Umbreen Bhatti   The story doesn’t end for the people we quote

Julie Posetti   The year of the fight back

Tushar Banerjee   Interactive ads will be the new face of display advertising

M. Scott Havens   Time to swing for the fences

Andrew Donohue   Voting rights becomes the new climate change

Ben Smith   The pendulum starts to swing back

Stefanie Murray   Local news wakes up and starts collaborating

Lauren Katz   Community becomes a core newsroom value

Simon Galperin   After capitalism’s fire, journalism’s secondary succession

Cristi Hegranes   A year to invest in the security of local journalists

Errin Haines Whack   Say it with me: Racism

Marie Shanahan   Newsrooms take the comments sections back from platforms

Peter Bale   Venture capital runs out of patience

Kelsey Proud   Journalism becomes the escape

Alexandra Borchardt   Newsrooms need to build trust with their journalists, not just the audience

Mat Yurow   Content competition from the tech companies

Seth C. Lewis   The gap between journalism and research is too wide

Carrie Brown-Smith   Advocating a healthy civic life is no journalistic crime

Nathalie Malinarich   Video — yes, video

Kate Myers   Journalism continues to be bad for democracy

Angèle Christin   Algorithms and the reflexive turn

Rasmus Kleis Nielsen   A long, slow slog, with no one coming to the rescue

Rachel Davis Mersey   Local news goes minimalist

Sarah Stonbely   Mapping the local news ecosystem — with scale but detail

Libby Bawcombe   Haikus of the news

Heather Chaplin   Agree we’re partisan — for the democratic system

Raney Aronson-Rath   We learn “digital” doesn’t have to mean “short”

Pablo Boczkowski   Reimagining the media for post-institutional times

Winny de Jong   Data journalism goes undercover

Frank Mungeam   Tonight at 11: News, sports, and climate change

Rodney Gibbs   A bright — and young — year for audio

Monique Judge   Committing to the truth, calling out lies

A.J. Bauer   The coming splintering of conservative media

P. Kim Bui   The misfits become the bosses

Colleen Shalby   Representation becomes more than a talking point

Ståle Grut   A new dawn for 3D tech in journalism

Renan Borelli   Developing loyalty means developing your talent

Carolina Guerrero   Spanish-language audio blows up

Efrat Nechushtai   Journalism wants to be your friend, not your teacher

Cherian George   Fake news wins in Asia

Alexis Lloyd & Matt Boggie   The year product leads media

Andrew Ramsammy   The great re-pivot to audio

Kevin Douglas Grant   A year to embrace journalism as public service

Stephanie Edgerly   It’s time to understand the un-audience

Shalabh Upadhyay   A culture clash on India’s growing Internet

Ariel Zirulnick   Participation gets professional

Jesse Brown   Canada’s subsidy for news backfires

Meredith Artley   Huge demand for…anything but politics

Michael Grant   More newsrooms experiment their way to success

Elizabeth Dunbar   Local reporters reflect on what’s not important

Alyssa Zeisler   We expand what (and how and who) we serve

Joanne McNeil   Building a digital hospice

Jim Friedlich   Meet Citizen Kane 2.0

Josh Schwartz   A pullback from platforms and a focus on product

Rebecca Lee Sanchez   We are all actors in the running rampant of political theater

Kyra Darnton   A shift to depth in video

Jonas Kaiser   Catching up with “Neuland”

Emma Carew Grovum   The year of the loyal reader

Manoush Zomorodi   Tech will do for information overload what it did for mindfulness

Cătălina Albeanu   Being responsible for what we don’t know

Glyn Mottershead and Martin Chorley   When a tech company pulls the plug on your story

Heba Aly   The rise of international nonprofit news

Kainaz Amaria   We consider who’s behind the camera

Michael Rain   The year of the culturally relevant curator

Mariana Moura Santos   From pageviews to impact

Chase Davis   We can acknowledge what we don’t know

Simon Rogers   Data journalism becomes a global field

Christa Scharfenberg and Vickie Baranetsky   The year of the lawsuit

Elite Truong   What do we owe the next generation?

Mike Caulfield   Ditch the media literacy cynicism and get to work

Almar Latour   Reported facts, weaponized in service of action

Matthew Pressman   The battle over objectivity intensifies

Whitney Phillips   Our information systems aren’t broken — they’re working as intended

Becca Aaronson   From bridge roles to product thinkers

Francesco Marconi   The year of iterative journalism

Jennifer Dargan   You don’t build diversity through one-off training sessions

Nikki Usher   Three ways national media will further undermine trust

Francesco Zaffarano   Towards a rethinking of journalism on social media

Steve Grove   A reckoning for tech’s work with news

Ruth Palmer and Benjamin Toff   From news fatigue to news avoidance

Patrick Butler   Measuring impact will increase audience trust

Amy King   We should listen to the kids (especially on Instagram)

Talia Stroud   Engaging people across lines of difference

Amy Schmitz Weiss   Local news isn’t where you thought it was

Sarah Alvarez   Simplify and redistribute

Joe Amditis   Give the audience a seat at the table

Peter Cunliffe-Jones   The focus of misinformation debates shifts south

Jean Friedman Rudovsky   Cross-newsroom collaborations strengthen communities

Linda Solomon Wood   The year of the climate reporter

Rick Berke   The year of loyalty

Claire Wardle   Forget deepfakes: Misinformation is showing up in our most personal online spaces

Nico Gendron   Reaching Generation Z beyond the coasts

Rubina Madan Fillion   Fighting the reality of deepfakes

Elizabeth Jensen   Going where the Acela can’t take you

Kjerstin Thorson   Time to get mad about information inequality (again)

Seema Yasmin   We will create our own spaces

Rachel Glickhouse   Newsrooms will prioritize audience needs

Gideon Lichfield   Goodbye attention economy, we’ll miss you

Jenée Desmond-Harris   It finally sinks in that some people aren’t white

Mike Rispoli and Craig Aaron   Government funds local news — and that’s a good thing

Juleyka Lantigua-Williams   Podcasting battles East Coast bias

Millie Tran   There is no magic — you’ve got this

Zuzanna Ziomecka   News leadership gets an overdue upgrade

Taylor Lorenz   Personal branding is more powerful than ever

Kawandeep Virdee   Media wants to take care of you

Mandy Velez   Putting the social back in social media

Matt Waite   “I went to Node.js because I wished to live deliberately”

Jake Shapiro   Podcasting is media’s slow food movement

Justin Kosslyn   Text hits a tipping point

Logan Molyneux   Seeing social media for what it is

Rebecca Searles   From silos to Swiss Army knife teams

Steve Henn   Smart speakers get smarter

Tshepo Tshabalala   Ahead of African elections, unlock partnerships with fact-checkers

Elisabeth Goodridge   Yes, they signed up — but our job’s not over

Angilee Shah   The year news orgs say “yes” to real leaders

Hossein Derakhshan   The news is dying, but journalism will not — and should not

Carl Bialik   Fatigued news consumers will pay more for less news

Knight Foundation   A year of local collaboration

Jared Newman   AI-generated fakes launch a software arms race

Soo Oh   Just showing our work isn’t enough

Cindy Royal   For journalism curriculum to change, its faculty needs disruption

Greg Emerson   Power to the user

Adam B. Ellick   Video forensic reporting goes mainstream — and local

Mike Isaac   The old exit doors for digital media companies are closing

Ole Reißmann   The rise of vertical storytelling

Cory Bergman   Journalism as a technology service

John Saroff   The pivot to reader revenue’s unintended consequences

Tim Carmody   Unlocking the commons

Adam Smith   Platforms will have to help rebuild trust in news

Callie Schweitzer   The rise of the conveners

Betsy O'Donovan and Melody Kramer   The most beautiful sentence in 2019 is “No.”

Adam Thomas   In Europe, foundations invest in news

An Xiao Mina   The death of consensus, not the death of truth

Sarah Marshall   A return to destination journalism

Moreno Cruz Osório   Damaged credibility and a new threat in Brazil

Heather Bryant   We are responsible for how we use our power

Eric Ulken   The year you actually start to like your CMS

John Biewen   Podcasts keep getting better

Sue Cross   Return of the water cooler

Zizi Papacharissi   Old interface, say hello to the new interface

Hearken   Pivot to people

Alexandra Svokos   Good luck convincing us millennials to pay

Joshua Darr   The nationalization of political news will accelerate

Mandy Jenkins   Fight the urge to run away from social media

Matt Skibinski   Quality and reliability are the new currencies for publishers

Reyhan Harmanci   Selling more stories to Hollywood

Tyler Fisher   This is journalism’s do-or-die moment

Jeremy Gilbert   AI finally becomes helpful

Bill Grueskin   Toward a symphony model for local news

james Wahutu   Think 2018 was bad? Wait until you see 2019

Dave Burdick   Seeing our blind spots

Julia Rubin   Meeting people where they are

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau   A more sincere definition of “community”

Ernst-Jan Pfauth   Readers are only getting started

Jonathan Stray   More algorithmic accountability reporting, and a lot of it will be meh

John Garrett   You can’t raise prices forever

Geetika Rudra   The year of actionable (local) journalism

Masuma Ahuja   Make foreign coverage less foreign

Renée Kaplan   Our future could lie within our own organizations

Johannes Klingebiel   We all grow hooves

Shannon McGregor   More bogus embedded tweets in our stories

Robert Hernandez   Racists and sexists get replaced

Elva Ramirez   News — but make it cinematic

Jack Riley   Facebook refugees, from ad revenue to news habits

Thomas Hanitzsch   The rise of tribal journalism

Gabriel Snyder   Journalism doesn’t fit well in a funnel

Joel Konopo   Influencers become the new liberated power in Africa

Nisha Chittal   The homepage makes a comeback

Brian Moritz   The subscription-pocalypse is about to hit

Robin Kwong   Tech shouldn’t be the only field pollinating “news nerds”

Mario García   The rise of content “pilots”

Victor Pickard   We will finally confront systemic market failure

Ben Werdmuller   The platform tide is turning