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Predictions for Journalism 2012

To close out 2011, we asked some of the smartest people we know to predict what 2012 will bring for the future of journalism.

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Versioning, the software business standby, is making its way into journalism’s business practices. Nicholas Carr
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Culture and technology have an interwoven future; we need a tech press, the web pioneer argues, that can do justice to both. Dave Winer
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From local TV to journalism co-ops, 2012 may be a banner year for the local news ecosystem. Carrie Brown-Smith
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Keeping Martin Honest: the 2012 edition. Martin Langeveld
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The forces that seek to control the free flow of information are bigger than ever, the blogging pioneer argues — and a direct threat to journalism and innovation. Dan Gillmor
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If I can trust you to tell me what’s going on, then I don’t care if you work out of a newsroom or out of your garage. Robert Hernandez
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As the fourth estate goes digital, Columbia’s Tow Center director argues, it will question its reliance on third-party platforms. Emily Bell
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Paywalls may become more popular in 2012; that doesn’t mean they’ll be enough to save a flailing industry. Dan Kennedy
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Also: Say goodbye to the homepage as we know it. The future is streaming. Paul Bradshaw
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With a bonus bold prediction for 2012: Gene Weingarten will write a disapproving column about the changing news business that is funny but dead wrong. Steve Buttry
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A big question for the coming year: How will the right communities get the right kind of news? Vadim Lavrusik
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Predictions from Brian Boyer, Joy Mayer, Kevin Kelly, Sree Sreenivasan, and more. The Editors
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The media entrepreneur shares a vision of Lower Left Coast domination. Rex Sorgatz
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In the real-time news cycle, social media can — and should — be about much more than conversation. Burt Herman
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In 2012, we’re due for a great leap forward in mobile reading. Tim Carmody
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News has always been about making choices among lots of information; technology just helps us make those choices more smartly. Gina Masullo Chen
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The digital strategist shares the big tech trends we can expect to emerge in the coming year. Amy Webb
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Kred Kurrency, Billionaire Bingo, and The Socializer: You may not have them on your iPhone, but you’ll feel their effects in 2012.
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…And that’s when social media will also get really interesting. Alfred Hermida
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“Focus on the user and all else will follow”? There’s more to it than that. Joshua Young
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The MoJo co-editor on why “there’s no better time to be an investigative journalist” Clara Jeffery
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Voices that would not have been widely read or heard just years ago are now helping to define mainstream conversations. Keli Goff
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The cultural critic on what 2012 will bring for branding, diversity, and serendipity…and what hipster angels have to do with the media’s future. Rachel Sklar
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